Byron D Watson, Republicanhttp://www.Byron-Watson.orgFacebook
Office Sought: Representative - District 51
Occupation: Customer Marketing Sales Strategist
University of Southern Maine
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a Minor in History (2005)
Brunswick High School
Honor Graduate (1998)
Single father of two beautiful toddlers, Maddison is five years old and Jordan is three years old.
Why are you running for office? I want to help put an end to this never-ending bickering and mudslinging between political parties. If a good idea is brought to the forefront we need to work together regardless of political party to make it happen. The only way to ensure the local needs and values of District #51 are represented in Augusta is to have civility among our lawmakers and for them to work across the aisle with all political parties. What about an Electric/Hybrid LLBean Subaru Outback Edition being built right here at Brunswick Landing? It would be an honor to lead a commission to bring in energy industry leaders, along with legislators from all political parties to forge a public-private partnership to make big ideas like this a reality. Think about the thousands of high paying jobs this would bring into an area that just lost an entire Naval Base. While the industry leaders and legislators are working together, we should also have an all options on the table approach for our energy needs. For far too long our state has been lagging way behind other states in reducing the cost of electricity. Natural Gas, wind, solar, clean coal, geothermal, tidal, and more; we need to embrace strategic private/public ventures that will lessen the burden on the citizens of Maine. Let's also provide immediate solutions to accelerate our Veterans getting the care they need. If a Veteran and/or a family member is in need of assistance I will work relentlessly to make sure that happens!
Brunswick School Board Chairman 2010; Brunswick School Board Vice Chairman 2009; Brunswick School Board Member 2008; Maine Region 10 Technical High School Board Member 2008-10; Alternative Education Council 2008-10; Stowe School Building Committee & Dropout Prevention Committee 2008-10; Brunswick School Board Policy Committee 2008 & 2009; Brunswick School Board Budget Committee 2008-10; Brunswick School Board Negotiations Committee 2010
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
If the Federal Government is going to pay for the expansion for a set number of years with no strings attached, than we should expand the program during that specific timeframe with the understanding that we will need to come back to the table when the timeframe is over.
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?Other
What, if anything, would you change about welfare?As a single father of two toddlers, I know firsthand that at times our citizens need a hand-up. Our most needy of citizens should not be having to wait months and years to get proper assistance. We all know of a person who is taking advantage of our public assistance programs and we all also know of a person who needs more help from our public assistance programs. We need to work together to do a better job of eliminating abuse as well as ensuring our children and most needy of citizens get the help we should be giving them.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Other
Please explain your position on the minimum wage.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?Other
Please explain your position on legalization?I do not support putting our family members in jail for a plant that can grow naturally in your back yard. If the state regulated the sale and use of marijuana, maybe the state would then have the money to finally honor its obligation to pay the education costs at 55%. The true drug concern across the state of Maine is prescription drugs and more specifically the over-prescription of amphetamines and opiates. We need to attack this problem head on before it continues to get worse.