Maine House District 116

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Name:

Malcolm Gill

Email address

Mackie4113@gmail.com

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Party affiliation

Democrat

Legislative chamber

Maine House

Legislative district

116

Occupation or primary source of income

Retired school teacher/part-time contracted house inspector

Community organizations

Webb River Valley Sportsman’s Club; Podunk Snowmobile Club; Dixfield Historical Society; King Hiram Lodge #57 AF&AM; Sportsman Alliance of Maine; Finance Committee, Holy Savior Church

Personal information (hobbies, activities etc.)

Hunting, fishing, vegetable gardening/pickling and canning, bee keeping, genealogy, golf, family events

Family status

Married (41 years)

Years in Legislature

0

Are you a Clean Election candidate?

Yes

Committee assignments you want

Inland Fisheries and Wildlife; Taxation; Education and Cultural Affairs; Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.

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

Yes. I would support expanding the Medicare Program, the cost of which will be paid for by the Affordable Care Act. It will give health insurance to those who don’t have it and remove the burden and lower costs to all of us who have health insurance.

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 not ready to jump on this bandwagon. I need far more information on the issue and its affects on our state, both pro and con.

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. We must look to the future where these types of energy production will be needed. Fossil fuels are finite and these green energy sources are infinite. The cost of heating oil is a major burden to all our retired people trying to hang on to their homes.

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?

Yes. I support increasing the minimum wage to $10 an hour. The additional $100 for a 40 hour week will allow our proud, hard-working citizens to move away from welfare programs and/or have extra money to spend and put back into Maine’s economy, which helps all of us.

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

The most important issue to voters in my district is the rising property taxes caused by the loss of revenue sharing, aid to education, Homestead Act funds and other state monies. This is all due to the state balancing its “budget shortfalls” on the backs of property owners.

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

I have spent my adult life working for and giving to my community: 20 years as a volunteer fireman, 38 years teaching, 24 summers at Mt. Blue State Park, Little League coach, Cub Scout master, four years as selectman, (two as chairman). This has prepared me to serve as a state representative.

Describe yourself in a “Tweet”

Honest, fair and ready to represent every man, woman and child in District 116.

Name:

Richard Pickett

Email address

rapickett@roadrunner.com

Party affiliation

Republican

Legislative chamber

Maine House

Legislative district

116

Occupation or primary source of income

Dixfield police chief

Community organizations

Dixfield Planning Board; Oxford County RCC Governing Board; Kaplan University Advisory Board; church deacon; Webb River Sportsman’s Club; Church Bible School supervisor; Maine Chiefs of Police Association; Sportsmans Alliance of Maine

Personal information (hobbies, activities etc.)

Fishing, hunting, golfing, gardening, boating

Family status

Married with two adult children

Years in Legislature

0

Are you a Clean Election candidate?

Yes

Committee assignments you want

Criminal Justice and Public Safety; Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

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

I would support it within the limits of the federal 100 percent funding commitment. Maine needs the money and the economic boost the federal bucks will provide to the hospitals. When the federal commitment ends, Maine law should sunset any further expenditures. Maine taxpayers cannot afford more.

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, at least until results from other state experiments are in. Our young people think that if something is legal for adults, it should be available to them. I am certain that legalization will result in a trickle down to teens. Our kids are our future, and we need to proceed with caution.

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?

Maine’s current contribution is minimal and should remain so. Maine is a poor state and folks tell me Augusta should be doing all it can to keep Maine’ energy costs low, regardless of source. The federal government is the only entity with the bucks to change minds and influence outcomes.

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?

Maine businesses are strapped so we must be careful here. I think a two-tiered approach would work. A wage for teens with part-time employment, and a wage for over 21’s who may have families. I think businesses would support a starting point of $80 for teens and higher for olders.

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

Jobs and the economy are on the lips of everyone. Young people are leaving Maine; our elderly cannot afford to remain in their homes; and our manufacturing base is disappearing. Folks want lower taxes; elimination of unnecessary regulations; and re-establishment of good jobs in Maine. Voters want change now.

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

I have spent my entire career as a police officer. First as a trooper, then as a detective and now as chief. Good officers are good listeners with great common sense. I will listen to the folks in my district and bring their common sense ideas along with mine to Augusta.

Describe yourself in a “Tweet”

I spent my entire career in public service. I listen intently to all the folks in my district. I will carry their collective voices to Augusta. I will help change the process to better us all.

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