Cathy (Cathleen) A Manchester, Republicanhttp://manchester4senate.comFacebook
Office Sought: Senator - District 25
Occupation: self employed realtor/investor
I have a BS in technical education from the University of Southern Maine. I graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico Virginia and graduated as valedictorian from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. I believe education is a life long process and have received training in many subjects including; communication, negotiation, crisis management, emergency medicine, public relations, human resources, marketing, firefighting, investing, money management, and real estate.
I am a lifelong resident of Maine. I live in Gray with Jay Wilkins. Together we have 5 children and 6 grandchildren. I run a small business with my daughter Kate.
Why are you running for office? Being a politician was not on my "to do" list. I inquired about an open position on the real estate commission when I was approached and asked to run. After some careful consideration I decided it was time for me to make a difference. Out government needs average, hard working citizens to be involved, as opposed to career politicians. There comes a time in our lives when it is time to stand up and volunteer to help. This is my time to do just that. Our government officials must remember it is the taxpayers money they are spending. Government must be accountable to the people.
I have served on the Gray Town council for one year when I was asked to fill in for a one year term. I have served the public in many other ways, as Chief of Police, on service organizations, on a governors council and on public committees.
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
Medicaid was designed to help those unable to provide for themselves. The expansion of Medicaid would add those capable of work to the rolls. Eventually, at least 30% of their costs will be passed to the taxpayers of Maine. We simply can not afford it. We also must be mindful that the money for the federal health care law comes out of our pockets.
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?Maine has a lower threshold than many other states for qualifying for social services. Obviously those most in need, our disabled, our elderly and our children should be our priorities. The need for welfare should be a temporary situation for those that are able-bodied citizens and not a way of life. We must build a reputation that Maine values self-sufficiency, not welfare. Welfare should be a hand up - not a hand out.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Other
Please explain your position on the minimum wage.I support a raise in the federal minimum wage. Maine must be able to compete with other states for job opportunity. The cost of doing business in Maine is already too high. If Maine has a higher minimum wage than other states we may loose those opportunities.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?Other
Please explain your position on legalization?I think it is time for this issue to go to the voters.