Alan D Whittemore, DemocratFacebook
Office Sought: Representative - District 148
Occupation: Dean of Enrollment
University of Southern Maine BA Political Science 1976~1980
University of Maine Master in Education 1991~93
I have two adult children attending Husson University full time.
Why are you running for office? I would like to be part of a legislature that turns the tide on ideological stand-offs. When I first came to Aroostook County as employee number one at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics, I saw first-hand collaborative leadership by the then legislators. While in college I interned for then Senator Bill Cohen who later became President Bill Clinton's Secretary of Defense. I know collaboration is a sign of strength and working together without compromising the long term goal is what the art of politics is meant to be. Today, it appears to be more along the lines if one doesn't get his way, he simply refuses to participate.
Brewer City Council 1991-94 including Mayor 1993; Congressional Intern for Senator William S. Cohen both in Portland field office and in Washington DC, 1979.
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
This is a travesty to not have already happened. This affects over 70k Mainers of whom 30k are veterans.
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?Simply cutting off benefits is not reform; by raising the minimum wage to a level beyond the poverty line is the first step. By eliminating tax cuts for the wealthy and close corporate loopholes/tax write-offs, the state's budget will increase accordingly. At that time, we could then afford oversight of the public assistance programs. By adding dollars to the working class, the more money is available to boost the economy.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Yes
By how much?At least to 10.10 iaw with federal standards. Current wage is not sufficient to live on without public assistance. Makes no sense to me.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?No
Please explain your position on legalization?Medical use yes. Let's look at Colorado for a few years.