Maine House District 112

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Name:

Jack Frost

Email address

jwfrostjr@gmail.com

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Party affiliation

Democrat

Legislative chamber

Maine House

Legislative district

112

Occupation or primary source of income

Small business owner

Community organizations

I do not currently belong to any community organizations.

Personal information (hobbies, activities etc.)

I’m a lifelong fly fisherman and hunter. I enjoy watching a variety of sports, especially football.

Family status

Married to wife Tracy. Daughters Lillian, 2, and Madeline due in January.

Years in Legislature

0

Are you a Clean Election candidate?

Yes

Committee assignments you want

Energy, Utilities and Technology.

Would you support expanding the state’s Medicaid program, MaineCare? Why or why not?

Yes. The benefits of expanding Medicaid in other states have proven too great to leave behind. Too many Mainers have been left without adequate coverage. Expanding Medicaid can save our hospitals money as well. I look forward to an early vote on this issue, which was vetoed on several occasions.

Should Maine follow the city of Portland’s lead and legalize the possession of limited amounts of marijuana for adults over the age of 21? Why or why not?

I am in favor of legalization in the long term. I do, however, have concerns about enforcement and other unplanned consequences in the short term.

Should the state of Maine continue to provide incentives for businesses and homeowners to convert or diversify energy sources to those considered renewable, like solar, wind and geothermal?

Absolutely. We all benefit from diverse energy supplies. One of the best energy supplies in Maine continues to be the gains we can make through efficiency retrofits, however.

Maine’s minimum wage is $7.50 an hour. As a state lawmaker would you support increasing that minimum wage? If so, what should Maine’s minimum wage be?

I do support increasing the minimum wage. I’m cautious of too drastic an increase shocking small businesses, or increasing costs to consumers.

What issue is the most important to voters in your legislative district?

Growing our economy. District 112 depends on several mills, with recent closings and bankruptcies throughout the state, people are nervous. We need to promote job growth and protect the great careers and industries we’ve always relied on.

What about you makes you the man or woman for the job?

I am a husband and father, business owner and perpetual student. I’ve spent the last several years growing a business from the ground up. We now employ a dozen people and counting. I will bring the same tireless drive and determination to Augusta that has helped grow my business.

Describe yourself in a “Tweet”

I will fight to grow Maine’s economy with the same energy I’ve needed to make my own way in our down economy.

Name:

Thomas Skolfield

Email address

skolfield@tds.net

Party affiliation

Republican

Legislative chamber

Maine House

Legislative district

112

Occupation or primary source of income

Retired, conservation officer, Maine Department of Conservation/ Park Service

Community organizations

Selectperson, Weld; chair, Weld Historical Society; member, Weld Bicentennial Committee; member, Small Woodland Owners of Maine; member, Western Maine Transportation Services; board member, Franklin Memorial Hospital; volunteer and member, Friends of Maine State Parks

Personal information (hobbies, activities etc.)

Past master and active member of Mystic Tie #154 A.F.&A.M.; Grand Lodge officer, Grand Lodge of Maine Masons; licenced amateur radio operator (call letters are N1XNO); reading United States and Maine history; hunting, camping and all outdoor activities; spending time with family, children and grandchildren; Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.

Family status

Married, father of 4, grandfather of 8

Years in Legislature

0

Are you a Clean Election candidate?

Yes

Committee assignments you want

Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry; Inland Fisheries and Wildlife; Criminal Justice and Public Safety.

Would you support expanding the state’s Medicaid program, MaineCare? Why or why not?

I’m concerned that nearly 40 percent of the state’s General Fund budget is predicted to be spent on MaineCare in the next 10 years. That comes to about $6 to $9 billion, depending on the sources. This places an overwhelming burden on our hard-working Maine taxpayers. We must do better.

Should Maine follow the city of Portland’s lead and legalize the possession of limited amounts of marijuana for adults over the age of 21? Why or why not?

Colorado recently legalized small amounts of marijuana. In my view this makes Colorado a laboratory for studying all the effects that this will have on their state. I don’t support legalization, however, a 5-year moratorium, preventing another referendum on this subject, would allow a study of the Colorado experiment.

Should the state of Maine continue to provide incentives for businesses and homeowners to convert or diversify energy sources to those considered renewable, like solar, wind and geothermal?

I’m concerned for our taxpayers and how much they have to pay in subsidies for these efforts. I’ve heard conflicting reports to the efficiencies claimed. Maine energy costs, too, are high. Our rivers and mountaintops generate lower cost energy for southern New England. I’ll represent the people of Maine.

Maine’s minimum wage is $7.50 an hour. As a state lawmaker would you support increasing that minimum wage? If so, what should Maine’s minimum wage be?

Often employers pay more than minimum to get good workers. For others, with entry level jobs, it is all they can afford without passing on increases to customers or hiring fewer employees. When the minimum is $10, will employers pay more or just pay the minimum? And, so it goes.

What issue is the most important to voters in your legislative district?

In talking to voters, the subject of welfare comes up early in most conversations. Hard-working people in this area are very compassionate and giving to those less fortunate. We need to continue to direct our limited resources to those who are truly in need. We can and should do better.

What about you makes you the man or woman for the job?

I’ve always enjoyed public service. I suppose it gets in your blood. I know the people of District 112 and I am one of you. I’ve known the struggles of making a living and paying bills. I’ll use common sense to represent you with honesty, integrity and fairness in Augusta

Describe yourself in a “Tweet”

I am an honest, average guy who will work harder than the average guy to represent you in an above average way.

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