Alan Tibbetts, Democrathttp://www.alantibbetts.netFacebook
Office Sought: Representative - District 77
University of Maine, BA in Political Science, 1979
American Military University, MA in Military Studies, 2001
Numerous military schools and courses on a variety of subjects.
Married with two adult children.
Why are you running for office? Because the people of Maine can do better and deserve better than what they have been getting. I’m running as a common sense voice for the people of Oakland and Sidney, to represent their interests, not the special interests. We need jobs that pay living wages, health care that is both affordable and ethical, and our personal privacy must be better protected. I’m tired of seeing people that work hard and play by the rules keep losing ground because the people in power change the rules when it suits them. It’s time that political power returns to the people where it belongs. When I retired from the National Guard due to length of service limits in 2013 I still wanted to serve my community. I look forward to working for the people of Sidney and Oakland if they decide to hire me.
Although this is the first time I've run for elective office I have served on a few town committees and worked on several campaigns and ballot initiatives. While working full-time for the Maine National Guard I worked as a fraud waste and mismanagement auditor; managed $20+ million dollar annual budgets; and negotiated labor contracts. As a staff officer I worked as part of teams developing policies and action plans to deal with complex issues and problems. This may not be "political experience" as such, but it is experience that I believe has prepared me well to work with others in solving the problems our legislature struggles with.
The federal health care law has offered to pay states to expand their Medicaid programs to provide health coverage to low income Mainers. Do you support Medicaid (or MaineCare) expansion?Yes
There are several reasons, both ethical and financial, for expanding Medicaid.
Expanding Medicaid/Mainecare makes economic sense. It will add approximately 4,000 good jobs to the Maine economy and help reduce insurance premiums. Our hospitals are in bad financial straits because we did not expand and this is only going to get worse the longer we wait.
This is also an ethical decision. Too many families are going bankrupt because of health care costs and too many people are going without proper medical treatment for diseases such as diabetes. No other advanced country treats the health of their citizens with such disregard.
A more detailed explanation can be found on my website at http://www.alantibbetts.net/campaign-issues/
Reform of the state’s public assistance programs has been the focus of debates in the State House and on the campaign trail. Do you believe that the state’s welfare programs are too generous?No
What, if anything, would you change about welfare?Voters I've talked to have been clear on two things. First, they don't have any problem helping those who are truly in need. Second, they don't like welfare fraud. In my opinion the benefits themselves are not overly generous. However we could certainly use some reform along with improved anti-fraud and abuse policies. If there was an easy way to deliver help where it was needed while preventing fraud and abuse it would've been done. I worked as a fraud, waste and mismanagement auditor for the Maine National Guard and know there are workable ways we can reduce fraud and abuse. I served in the Army for 33 years and we made it a point to never leave someone behind. If elected I don't plan to leave behind any Mainers who are truly in need.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Yes
By how much?Maine needs more jobs that pay living wages and provide benefits. Jobs that encourage young people to stay in our great state. The minimum wage needs to rise over time and be indexed to inflation. I say this for two reasons; it has not kept up with inflation, and a higher minimum wage will reduce the amount of state assistance Maine families need. There are a lot of ideas on how to do this and we need to look at some exceptions to a general rule. Perhaps newly hired employees would have a lower minimum until they learn the job. Those working primarily for tips have a different minimum now and probably will in the future. We need to keep an open mind and not discount suggestions. How much? I have not committed to a specific rate and want to work with others to get this right. See my website www.alantibbetts.net/campaign-issues/ for a lengthy answer on Jobs and the Maine Economy.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?Other
Please explain your position on legalization?I believe the people of Maine should decide whether or not to legalize recreational use of marijuana by adults thru the referendum process. I'm open to discussion on where any revenue that might result should go, but revenue is not, for me, a reason to legalize. The legislature can play a part in this referendum process, or they can wait 2-4 years until we have a citizens’ initiative. I prefer the legislature be pro-active in getting this before the people.