Christian Civic League of Maine

2016 Voter Guide

Maine House of Representatives District 147

Harold Stewart

Harold Stewart (Republican)

A note about the candidate:

All of Mr. Stewart's positions and comments come from the 2016 CCL Candidate Survey.

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"I generally oppose abortion. I am in favor of some exceptions in cases of threat to the life of the mother, rape or incest. However, I do not believe it should be commonly used as a viable form of birth control."- Harold Stewart
"Obamacare has created more problems than it has solved. The new system is collapsing under its own weight and has hurt more people than it has helped. While I agree that we need protections in place for those truly in need of health insurance, this particular bill was not the solution our country needed to this problem and has only grown our government to an unsustainable size and increase our debt to an unthinkable level."- Harold Stewart
"I support a parent’s right to choose what education is best suited for their child’s needs and will best allow them to learn and grow."- Harold Stewart
"Again, Maine is already an incredibly unfriendly state towards businesses and their owners- who would be targeted through this proposition. Those who would be hurt by this change will have even more of a reason to leave our state, placing the burden once again on our middleclass to foot the bill. We do not need to tax our wealthiest citizens to fund our schools properly. By cutting down on wasteful spending, reducing or eliminating unfunded mandates, and providing schools with the resources we promised them (55% of their budgets through state sources) we will see school systems that allow our students to learn most effectively and where teachers can get back to doing what they do best- teaching our kids."- Harold Stewart
"I do not support the expansion of state-sponsored gaming on a large-scale level. The money that was promised to benefit the state through gaming revenue and through the lottery has not been distributed appropriately and I think we need to get this system in line with the law before we can have reasonable discussions about expanding the system. However, I believe exemptions must be made for fair associations and the like who rely on gaming opportunities to provide communities across Maine with the benefits of a safe and fun environment year after year."- Harold Stewart
"I oppose the current proposition to increase Maine’s minimum wage. I am not opposed to raising the minimum wage in a way that makes sense. This means keeping small business owners in mind and understanding that Maine will be put at a disadvantage nationally if we raise our minimum wage at a rate much higher than other states. Simply increasing the minimum wage to an arbitrary amount, such as $12 an hour, will do nothing to solve the real problems facing our economy- most notably that Maine is already very unfriendly towards businesses. We need to be advocating for policies that create a business-friendly environment for our state that will allow for the creation of career jobs that can support a family. This is a bad idea for Maine and only a Band-Aid when a comprehensive solution is needed to solve the problems facing our economy."- Harold Stewart
"I support the rights of small business owners to accept or reject patrons as they see fit, for any reason commensurate with their religious beliefs. In my opinion, this type of regulations fits in the narrow space between the establishment and free exercise clauses and allows individuals with opposing beliefs to co-exist without infringing on each other’s life choices."- Harold Stewart
"I oppose funding of taxpayer dollars to subsidize organizations that openly support abortion as a form of birth control."- Harold Stewart
"If a minor is in a situation where an abortion has been deemed necessary, and only as a method of last resort, then the parent(s) of the minor must take responsibility and be involved in the process."- Harold Stewart
"I think that legalizing recreational marijuana is about the last thing that our state needs right now. Legalizing marijuana will be bad for the youth of Maine and our future as a state and only compound the problems we are already facing on a widespread level. Our children need less exposure to drugs, not more. This proposal will make marijuana virtually impossible to regulate and put an undue burden on our schools and families, as they will have to become the primary sources of guarding our children against exposure. This is a bad idea that we do not need and will not provide our state with any real benefit at the end of the day and will, in the end, do much more harm than good."- Trey Stewart
"Maine is the safest state in the country in terms of gun violence. This change is not necessary and would only hinder the great heritage and traditions of sportsmanship that we have enjoyed for so long. Maine already requires background checks for any gun sales. Transferring a family firearm from one generation to another is now viable grounds to charge a felony or mandate government involvement and permission. Maine does not need out-of-state interests to tell us how to live our lives anymore than we need more laws controlling how we hunt, respect, and value our longstanding traditions and heritage. More states should follow Maine’s lead on gun control- we would be a safer country if this was this case."- Trey Stewart
"As a man who has a younger sister, I’m troubled by a policy that would potentially allow men to prey on young women in restrooms or locker rooms. I understand that there may be a need to accommodate transgender students, but the withdrawal of federal funds seems like a broad solution to a narrow problem."- Harold Stewart