Maine House District 61

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Name:

Heidi Brooks

Email address

heidibrooksmd@yahoo.com

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Party affiliation

Democratic

Legislative chamber

Maine House

Legislative district

61

Occupation or primary source of income

Community volunteer

Community organizations

Androscoggin Head Start and Child Care Board Lewiston, Androscoggin County, and Maine State Democratic Committees Maine People’s Alliance Lewiston’s Community Development Block Grant Citizens’ Advisory Committee 2013-2014

Personal information (hobbies, activities etc.)

I was born and raised in the Lewiston/Auburn area. Although I went away for college, medical school, and residency, I returned to the beautiful state of Maine and to the Lewiston/Auburn area. I have been actively volunteering in our community over the past several years.

Family status

Single

Years in Legislature

0

Are you a Clean Election candidate?

Yes

Committee assignments you want

Appropriations and Financial Affairs; Health and Human Services.

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

Yes. Health care is a human right. Prevention and early treatment are critical. Accepting federal funds for health care will improve quality of life and save lives.

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 interested in following the results of the Lewiston referendum question and speaking with more Lewiston residents on this issue.

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 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 at least $10 per hour.

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

“If you have your health, you have everything.” When I encounter people in my district without health care, that becomes the most compelling issue.

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

Although my background is in medicine, I have been going to Augusta over the past several years to advocate for our community. I appreciate people sharing their stories and concerns with me. I would like the opportunity to take action in Augusta for the people of Lewiston.

Describe yourself in a “Tweet”

Heidi Brooks is a good listener and an advocate. She will stand up for the people of Lewiston. A vote for Heidi is a vote for progress.

Name:

Mark Cayer

Email address

mcayer@gwi.net

Party affiliation

Independent

Legislative chamber

Maine House

Legislative district

61

Occupation or primary source of income

Self employed private investigator

Community organizations

I am a current member of the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce, a current member of the Maine Licensed Professional Investigator Association and past board member. The rest of my free time is spent devoted to numerous committees related to the city of Lewiston.

Personal information (hobbies, activities etc.)

I enjoy my work as a councilor and consider that my primary hobby. I also enjoy gardening and, most importantly, family time with my wife, sons and grandchildren. My wife and I also enjoy modest traveling in the New England area.

Family status

Married 29 years

Years in Legislature

0

Are you a Clean Election candidate?

No

Committee assignments you want

Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development; Health and Human Services; Criminal Justice and Public Safety.

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

No. I would support a compromise, allowing federal funding being funneled into the insurance marketplace, and evaluated with a sunset provision if needed. This would benefit a large number of uninsured while keeping them off the MaineCare rolls. This would also support Lewiston’s largest employers: the hospitals.

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?

It’s time the question goes before the state voters. I do not agree with communities passing laws that violate state law. If the voters decide to legalize marijuana, sales of marijuana should be controlled by the state. I would not support marketing by private businesses that could target children.

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. It’s time to look at our energy needs more globally, especially now with the growing number of world conflicts. We need to think of the generation to come. Maine can and should take the lead on reducing our reliance on oil.

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. However, I do support a living wage and will advocate for this. Maine businesses must provide jobs that pay living wages. Maine and its businesses should focus resources on growing an educated workforce. The way to bring this state out of poverty is through education.

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

The biggest concern that I hear from my constituents is the ongoing expectation from lawmakers that property taxpayers will fund all of the special interest efforts and unfunded mandates. They are demanding that property taxpayers come before all others.

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

I truly want to serve the community and not special interest groups. As a Lewiston councilor I understand what happens when the needs of special interest groups come before the taxpayers. I’m the person who will absolutely take the taxpayers’ voice to Augusta. I will be Lewiston’s “Independent Voice.”

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Mark Cayer, a dedicated advocate for Lewiston, he will put taxpayers first in Augusta. Lewiston’s Independent Voice!

Name:

Robert Reed

Email address

scoutreed@aol.com

Party affiliation

Republican (write-in)

Legislative chamber

Maine House

Legislative district

61

Occupation or primary source of income

Health care finance

Community organizations

Boy Scouts of America; past member and chair, Empower Lewiston; current and past Lewiston City Finance Board; past Lewiston City Councilor

Personal information (hobbies, activities etc.)

Actively involved in Scouting, serving as a mentor for young people in our community. Also serve as a volunteer for the DHHS Provider Advisory Group and DHHS Technical Advisory Group, both dealing primarily with MaineCare issues.

Family status

Married 28 years with 3 grown children

Years in Legislature

0

Are you a Clean Election candidate?

No

Committee assignments you want

Health and Human Services; Appropriations and Financial Affairs; Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

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

I do not support expansion as currently proposed. Of the 70,000 eligible, the 100 percent reimbursement by the Feds would only apply to 70 percent, meaning 28,000 would have to be paid by Maine taxpayers at the 40 percent cost share, or roughly $70 million annually, nor does it reimburse administrative expenses.

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. There are too many health consequences from use of the product as well as creating addictions that we cannot risk.

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 diversify our energy supply and that may require updating systems to become more energy efficient for the consumer. However, I do not support subsidies given to wind and solar producers. Those industries should be able to stand on their own merits without cash assistance.

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?

Any increase to those earning minimum wage will have an effect on all wage earners expecting similar increases in wages, and those costs will most likely be carried by those on fixed incomes. Instead I support a graduated wage that allows a higher minimum once you’re deemed competent in your position.

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

Jobs. We must find out why some employers prefer Maine, what roles we can offer in internships and mentoring, and how best to transition to tomorrow’s needs.

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

It’s time to look outside the box. We need new ideas and willingness to listen to all views in Augusta. As city councilor I did, and provided help at any time I could. As a write-in of my own choice, I am not held to party or other loyalty.

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