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Patrick Corey

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Patrick Corey
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Maine House of Representatives, District 25
Member-elect
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
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ProfessionCreative director
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Patrick Corey is a Republican member-elect of the Maine House of Representatives, representing District 25.[1]

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Corey's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

In Defense of Long-standing Maine Traditions

As a hunter, gun owner, and Maine resident I'm thankful that Maine's Constitution reads "Every citizen has a right to keep and bear arms and this right shall never be questioned." Despite high rates of firearm ownership, Maine has continually been ranked the most peaceful state in the nation according to the United States Peace Index. We must be doing something right. I will oppose any legislation that limits firearm access, by law abiding, mentally stable residents.

Maine has long been known as a great place to fish and hunt. As a legislator I will work to preserve these opportunities for Maine residents relying on scientific management practices that assure wildlife resources are here today and in the future.

A Practical Conservationist

Our lives and those of future generations are ultimately tied to the water we drink, trees we cut, crops we farm, game we hunt, air we breathe, and minerals we extract. Our natural resources provide good jobs and income for Mainers. Recognizing that every decision we make has benefits and costs allows us to seek balanced approaches to manage these outcomes. While decisions made by land owners are not always limited to their property, I firmly believe that private land owners have an ingrained interest in natural resource stewardship. The role of government is to work with private land owners, helping them see the benefits of pursuing sustainable outcomes.

For those who deliberately harm our natural resources, government must step in, right wrongs, and disincentivize those who intentionally do it with severe penalties.

Working for You to Protect Your Rights

Our Federal and State constitutions are the social contracts by which we the governed give power and direction to the government. Not the other way around. As a member of the Maine House I will always be cognizant of the fact that I am there to work on behalf of the people and protect their freedoms.

Advocating for Business Means Opportunity for Maine's Families

Jobs matter most. Our economy is only strong so long as we have quality jobs for Maine’s people. By attracting new businesses, growing the businesses we have today, making sure our neighbors have the skills necessary to fill those positions, removing barriers to operating a business in Maine, and making sure our taxes on business are in line with other states, Maine will surely succeed. Government’s role is not to stand in the way of doing business in Maine, but rather to provide every opportunity business needs to succeed.

Growing and Supporting Maine's Middle-class is Job One

Having a flourishing middle-class is Maine’s best chance at sustaining the safety net for our most vulnerable residents. This not only means providing the workforce, infrastructure, and regulatory structure business needs to succeed, but having affordable taxes, an efficient State bureaucracy, and opportunity that families need to stay in and come to Maine.

Growing Maine’s middle-class means making sure it does not shrink for Maine residents currently in it, and increasing the opportunity for low income residents to enter it. A middle-class income provides the means to take care of oneself and family.

Bettering Education for Maine’s Students

Success for Maine’s students will lead to prosperity for our residents. We must possess a willingness to both embrace our achievements and look for ways to do better. Rewarding innovation in school districts and classrooms, as well as having accountability to Maine’s K-12 students is requisite. Understanding how our students perform is not only important for parents and community, but should help shape funding decisions, bring data to the conversation, improve student well-being, and set goals for ongoing improvement in the classroom. We owe this to those who live in Maine today and tomorrow.

The jobs of tomorrow require technical and communication skills. Higher education needs to be affordable for Maine’s traditional and non-traditional students who wish to expand their knowledge. Attracting and developing new business depends on it. Our public universities and community college’s should be focused on their central mission—education. They must be able to adapt to our changing world and deliver programs that meet its demands. Moreover, these institutions should put greater focus on increasing participation, retaining students, and producing graduates.[2][3]

Elections

2014

See also: Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Maine House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 10, 2014, and a general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for party candidates wishing to run in this election was March 17, 2014. The deadline for write-in candidates to run in the primary election was April 28, 2014, and the deadline for non-party candidates to run in the general election was June 2, 2014. The deadline for write-in candidates to run in the general election was September 22, 2014. Incumbent Jane Pringle was unopposed in the Democratic primary but withdrew following the primary; Jennie Butler was selected as her replacement. Patrick Corey was unopposed in the Republican primary. Corey defeated Butler in the general election.[4][5]

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