Bradlee T Farrin, RepublicanFacebook Twitter
Office Sought: Representative - District 111
Occupation: Facilities Manager
I am a graduate of Skowhegan Area High School and attended college through the Community College of the Air Force, as well as numerous classes through the Air Force.
I am divorced. I have two daughters who are 28 and 18.
Why are you running for office? After retiring from serving in the Air Force and Maine Air National Guard for over 29 years, I still feel a need to serve. I am concerned about about the lack of career opportunities for our youth, our increasing debt and the growing cycle of government dependency.
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?No
I do not favor expanding a program that lasts only as long as the federal government pays for the cost, leaving the taxpayers of Maine holding the bag. We need to look for efficiencies and fight special interests so we can provide more affordable health care options to the citizens of Maine.
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?Yes
What, if anything, would you change about welfare?I would support legislation that would require able-bodied welfare applicants to apply for three jobs before receiving benefits and to close the loopholes that allow welfare recipients to avoid the ASPIRE work search requirement while collecting benefits. There should be penalties that would prohibit welfare cash from being used to purchase alcohol, tobacco, and lottery tickets. Food stamps should be prohibited from purchasing junk food, soda and candy.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?No
Please explain your position on the minimum wage.A raise in the minimum wage would hurt many of our small businesses. We need to have laws and regulations that encourage new and better paying jobs for the people of Maine. I am optimistic that if given the opportunity most people want to do better.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?No
Please explain your position on legalization?I would not support legalization of marijuana based upon the data that is currently available. I have concerns about the impact it could have on our health care system and do not believe that it should be legalized to create an additional tax revenue stream. We don't need more taxes, we need less spending.