House candidate Robert Currier of Belmont
House candidate Robert Currier of Belmont
Republican Robert Currier has filed to run against Stanley Paige Zeigler for House District 96, which comprises the towns of Belmont, Liberty, Lincolnville, Montville, Morrill, Palermo and Searsmont. Currier serves as the second selectman in Belmont and works as an emergency medical technician at Pen Bay Medical Center and for the City of Belfast. He is also been a volunteer Belmont fire fighter. Currier previously ran for the seat in 2016, but lost to Republican Ryan Harmon of Palermo in the primary.

“My daughter turns seven months old tomorrow and I just really want to see her grow up in the great state that I did, where people lend a hand to one another and give the shirts off their back for their neighbors — the community involvement — and I feel like we’re losing that in Maine,” said Currier. “Everybody’s more worried about protecting themselves and looking out for themselves instead of helping everybody else.”

He said that as a selectman he is concerned that the school budget has contributed to an 8-percent property tax increase for Belmont. However, Currier demurred when asked if he would support fulling funding 55 percent of the cost of education as is mandated in law.

“We can only support our schools as much as the taxpayers can support themselves,” he said. “And if we’re overburdening our taxpayers, then we won’t have enough money for education.” 

On energy policy, Currier said he is less supportive of preserving incentives to install solar panels on individual homes, but supports allowing municipalities to take advantage of solar incentives to lower electricity costs. He said he does not support wind power out of concerns that is expensive and disrupts the scenery.

Currier said he is a firm supporter of the Second Amendment and opposes assault weapons bans and raising the age to purchase firearms from 18 to 21 years of age. “As far as teachers being allowed to carry in schools,” he said,

“I think that any lawabiding citizen who carries a concealed carry permit should be allowed to carry, within reason, if the school board superintendent and principals are OK with it.”