Maine House District 63

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Name:

Bruce Bickford

Email address

bruce.bickford@aol.com

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Party affiliation

Republican

Legislative chamber

Maine House

Legislative district

63

Occupation or primary source of income

Sales promotional products

Community organizations

Advisory Board for Paralegal Studies at Kaplan University; member of Community Little Theater

Personal information (hobbies, activities etc.)

Fishing, hunting, golf and attending sporting events

Family status

Years in Legislature

4

Are you a Clean Election candidate?

No

Committee assignments you want

Taxation; Energy, Utilities and Technology; Transportation.

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

No. The Affordable Care Act is specifically designed to help all people get insurance. Even those with very little income. We all need to understand choices are consequential. For example, due to cost, an insured person would never go to the emergency room unless their condition was extremely serious.

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 don’t believe marijuana should be legal. It will get into the hands of younger people easier. A parent needs to set a positive example for the child and tobacco and alcohol abuse have enough of a harmful affect on young people.

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. All energy at the source is free. The cost is bringing it from the air, ground, or water and turning it into electricity. Cost is my top priority. I also don’t believe in putting certain businesses into bankruptcy because we are strongly encouraging alternatives.

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 would not bring the minimum wage up over $9 per hour. Wages are driven by employment. As the unemployment rate drops, businesses need to raise their starting pay to encourage applications. As an employee with a low unemployment rate along with a positive work record, you can make yourself pretty valuable.

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

Property taxes and income taxes

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

As a member on Taxation I worked on a bill that reduced income tax for every taxpayer in the state of Maine. I also blocked the budget proposal that capped Revenue Sharing to cities. Without me in the Legislature your property taxes just went up 4 percent.

Describe yourself in a “Tweet”

Always answered calls from constituents and returned missed calls. Always voted on behalf of my constituents not party. Community first.

Name:

Wayne Werts

Email address

rw556@aol.com

Party affiliation

Democrat

Legislative chamber

Maine House

Legislative district

63

Occupation or primary source of income

Retired fire chief, legislator

Community organizations

Western Maine Community Action Board; Maine Fire Chiefs Association

Personal information (hobbies, activities etc.)

Golf, bike riding, wine-making, travel. I would say watching the Red Sox, but not so much this year.

Family status

Married

Years in Legislature

2

Are you a Clean Election candidate?

Yes

Committee assignments you want

Transportation.

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

Yes. Data from all three conservative, nonpartisan and liberal studies show Maine saving money, providing hundreds of jobs, infusing millions into the economy. Science shows people with insurance are healthier. Healthy people are cheaper to care for, and a healthy workforce is good for the economy, less indigent care for 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?

I know there may be issues that come with legalization, but I also want to be able to control it if it does come, not let some outside entity do that. If people of Maine want it then let them vote it in, but we must control and regulate it.

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 should have all forms of energy in our portfolio so we are not tied to one source, such as fossil fuels which have been volatile. Although climate change is debatable to some, the results we are seeing do seem to follow the scientific charges that have been made.

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 the minimum wage is due for an adjustment. I don’t know what that number should be. When we get our arms around that number, then we should ramp it up in stages. A look at different wage earners and types of business will also be needed.

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

Things that are prevalent at the doors when I speak with people are the economy, jobs, and the elderly facing cuts and increases in cost that they cannot afford and still pay their bills, heat their homes and buy their medicine.

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

Experience with small business and municipal budgets. Open-minded, no one owns the rights to all the good ideas. They come from everywhere and everyone. You need to listen. Come out of your comfort zone, away from ideology and allow yourself to try and really understand an idea or an issue.

Describe yourself in a “Tweet”

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