Maine House District 115

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Name:

Terrence Magee

Email address

magee4house@gmail.com

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Party affiliation

Republican

Legislative chamber

Maine House

Legislative district

115

Occupation or primary source of income

Special Education teacher

Community organizations

Jefferson Lodge #100; Woodstock Republican Committee; Maine Performing Arts & Humanities, board of directors. Past: SAD 44 Board of Directors; Child Health Center Board of Directors; Cub Scout Pack Master and Den leader; Central Maine Human Resource Association

Personal information (hobbies, activities etc.)

My wife and I have recently purchased the Chase Store in Bryant Pond and are currently renovating this circa 1850 building so that it can once again be a functioning business. When I can find the time, I enjoy woodworking, sailing or just reading a good book.

Family status

Married

Years in Legislature

0

Are you a Clean Election candidate?

No

Committee assignments you want

Education and Cultural Affairs; Health and Human Services; Taxation.

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

No. A large majority of the people with whom I have spoken do not agree with the expansion of Medicaid in Maine. People are tired of the government’s ever-increasing “entitlement” programs.

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?

No. Possession is still prohibited by federal law. Maine’s legalization will have no effect on this. Additionally, the assertions of those who believe smoking marijuana is harmless fail to consider the exposure to levels of tar and other carcinogens in a joint far exceed those of a cigarette.

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?

No. It is not the responsibility of Maine to pick winners and losers in the energy business.

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?

No. Raising the minimum wage is, at best, a temporary fix. For a short time an employee feels that they have more buying power. However, as the costs to a business go up, so do the prices it charges. In the end, there is no real increase in buying power.

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

Value. The voters in my district are hard-working people who pay their taxes. What they are most interested in is seeing value in return for their money. The greatest concern I hear is that tax money is being spent too freely.

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

I believe that the Constitution is law, not just a list of suggestions. I also believe in smaller government, lower taxes, and personal responsibility. The freedom to take a risk, work hard, and accepting the consequences of your decisions are what made Maine and America great. Let’s be great again.

Describe yourself in a “Tweet”

I work for a living, I don’t have time to “Tweet.”

Name:

Matthew Peterson

Email address

petersonhouse08@gmail.com

Party affiliation

Democrat

Legislative chamber

Maine House

Legislative district

115

Occupation or primary source of income

Small business owner

Community organizations

Past board member of Community Concepts, Inc.; Western Maine Community Action; Post-Polio Support Group of Maine. Former volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Personal information (hobbies, activities etc.)

I enjoy sports, deep sea fishing, spending time with my family in Western Maine — especially at Ellis Pond in Roxbury during the summer — and raising backyard chickens.

Family status

Single

Years in Legislature

6

Are you a Clean Election candidate?

Yes

Committee assignments you want

Health and Human Services; Government Oversight.

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

Yes. We all need health care. Access to health care directly impacts productivity. In order to build the best Maine, we need as many citizens as possible able to access quality, preventive health care services that allow them to remain active and employed. Expanding health care access will save our state money.

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 believe the people of Maine should decide the fate of marijuana legalization. Historically, I have not supported legalization. However, I will continue to listen to the expertise and experiences of Maine’s medical and law enforcement professionals and the citizens of House District 115 to inform my evolving position.

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?

Yes. Maine’s natural resource base provides the key to achieving energy sustainability and the potential for limitless economic development opportunities. Our reliance on oil makes us vulnerable. We have the capacity to sustain ourselves here at home. We also need to pursue cost-effective approaches to energy efficiency, such as weatherization.

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 believe in raising the minimum wage to $10 per hour which translates to less than $21,000 per year for someone working 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year. As a small business owner, I recognize the complexity of this issue. Achievement and productivity should be rewarded.

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

When I campaign door-to-door and converse with voters, the discussion often turns to job creation. People want to see our local economy strengthened and Western Maine maintained as a place where working people can live with dignity and thrive. I will always fight for economic growth for our area.

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

Western Maine is my lifelong home. I understand the value of hard work and how essential it is for the future of our community. I’ve consistently collaborated with lawmakers from around the state to find solutions that benefit all Mainers. I humbly ask for your vote to continue serving you.

Describe yourself in a “Tweet”

@PetersonForME is #FightingForWesternMaine and every citizen of #HouseDistrict115 to have the opportunity to achieve financial security

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