Maine House 87 candidate David Boyer
Social media accounts:
Maine Sports Alliance; Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners; Androscoggin Land Trust; Ellie’s Legacy Animal Foundation (we adopted two rescue dogs and fostered a puppy).
Personal information (hobbies, etc.):
I own a small business selling antique furniture with my wife, Sara. I have two amazing stepchildren, Griffin and Grady. My hobbies include live music, hiking and skiing in the mountains of Maine, foraging in the woods, finding treasures, and taking steps toward self-reliance and sustainability (growing vegetables and ranching of animals).
Married with two stepchildren
Years in Legislature:
Missions of the committee (if elected):
Criminal Justice and Public Safety, Veterans and Legal Affairs, Health and Human Services
Questions and answers
Define what “success” would look like if you were elected to serve your district.
If elected to represent the cities of Poland and Mechanic Falls, success would mean being available, transparent and honest with my constituents. There is nothing worse than a politician who is not accountable and honest with voters. You will always know where I stand, even if we disagree. I give my personal cell phone number and email address to every voter I meet and encourage them to use it.
Concretely, success would mean that the lives of my constituents would be improved. That could mean keeping more of their hard-earned money, fixing roads, or helping navigate government bureaucracy. Success also really means helping small businesses thrive and ensuring they can recover from the damage caused by the pandemic. There is a labor shortage in Maine that desperately needs to be addressed.
I am honored to have already started serving my constituents, as I have gone door to door to meet with them. Many were unaware of the recently passed “Property Tax Stabilization Program”, which will allow seniors to freeze their property taxes for homes they have lived in for the past 10 years. People have been grateful for the information and the app, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to help them save money. It is now up to the next legislature to ensure that the program is funded for years to come, hopefully by reducing unnecessary government spending.
Characterize your views on public access to government business.
Public testimony and committee hearings must be held in person. The Capitol is the “House of the People”. Remote viewing is important for those who cannot attend hearings during business hours. Freedom of access requests must be returned in a timely manner, which both Democratic and Republican administrations could improve.
Mary-Beth H. Taylor, Maine House 87 candidate