Craig J Heavey, Democrat
Office Sought: Senator - District 3
All of life is filtered through experience, experience is filtered thru education. I like learning! In 1971 I graduated with a bachelor's of science degree from Illinois Institute of Technology. I majored in product design. I also hold a minor in psychology and another in early childhood education. While at IIT I also studied political science, statistics , and economics. From 1971 thru 1975 I apprenticed with The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. I hold a Journeymen's certificate. I started my business shortly thereafter and in conjunction I have courses in Solar Installation, Welding, Real estate investment, Architectural model building, Refrigeration, Heating, Accounting, Computer Assisted Drafting , Septic system design, and Energy Auditing. Before testifying against it : I became certified in Maine's Uniform Building and Energy Code . I also took "personnel enrichment" classes thru adult education including watercolor painting , computer use, chemistry, biology and nutrition. At Kennebec Valley Community College I studied Anatomy and Physiology. At the Masters level In Orono I have "introduction to counseling," at the Augusta campus: "Group Process and Procedure". I consider myself to be an average guy, maybe below average, with an above average education. The education does not make the man anymore than the clothes do, what the education does: It helps you see the world in an understanding way. Over all I would say my best education came through Apprenticeships and mentoring. That is what I believe Maine Needs. More trade schools. More focus on Food, Energy, and Jobs. We need to use our God Given resources to develop our God given talents: then perhaps we can begin to pull in the same direction.
I am presently single. I would ,however, like to talk about families. As a carpenter I have been able to observe , from inside and out, the workings of numerous families. I have known parents, grand parents nieces, nephews, children and grand children. As a builder I have accumulated and renovated buildings. Some of these I rent, some I owner finance. Being a landlord is some what like having an extended family, From these experiences: I have known "The Waltons" and seen how they function and cope with life and it's bountiful blessings and abundant problems. I have also been an employer: furthering my understanding of families and relationships. I know people with White collars, Blue collars, and No collars. In terms of Maine and Community as Family; I have received Endorsements from Maine's AFL-CIO, Maine State Employee's Association, Maine teachers Association, and Maine's Peoples Alliance.
Why are you running for office? What a great question, and all this space in front of me to respond. I remember the day John F Kennedy was murdered . An announcement came over the P.A. "school dismissed." Kennedy challenged us to ask what we could do for our country. Public service was a noble endeavor. I grew up in a neighborhood and a time when neighbors helped neighbors. I have had an excellent and rounded education and I have been free . I met Walter Mondale in Skowhegan. He was running against Ronald Reagan. Shortly afterwards I was elected Democratic Town Chairman. I have met nearly every major candidate since then. I have listened and contributed to independents, greens, democrats, and republicans. What makes me want to run now is a bumper sticker! That bumper sticker reads "Working People Vote Republican". The tables seemed to have turned. Recent policies and decisions have only hurt working people.. In this time of low interest, and low inflation we should be investing in Maine. I believe that Government plays a role in "promoting a healthy economy." District three in Somerset County is one of the poorest in the State. We are bountiful in resources yet impoverished. I am supportive of the building trades, the farmers and the local energy producers. I know people from all backgrounds and have faith and belief that we can begin to pull in the same direction. I would like to add my voice, and my experience, to that endeavor. All for one and one for all think positive be happy!
I am a self employed, college educated, Christian, carpenter from Canaan. What follows is a chronology of my political experience. About 1974 I was elected to serve as my fraternity President it was there in Chicago that I learned parliamentary procedure. In Maine I was elected Democratic town chairman and served from about 1984 thru 2010. It was during this period of time that I also served on the Canaan Planning Board. For the best part of twenty years I was planning board chairman. I had the great pleasure of serving with many of Canaan's finest citizen's. We worked together to understand and plan for growth. While on the planning board I served as representative to the Kennebec Regional Planning Commission, later the Kennebec Council of Governments. On the planning board one must weigh individual liberties against public concerns. A good example is shoreland zoning: It is your land but not your lake. I was also selected to represent Canaan during the structural formations of our regional business park "Firstpark" . There I learned how an inclusive public organization is built and maintained. Along the way I briefly served as Grange Hall treasurer. I am currently a trustee of the Canaan Union Church. The Union Church of Canaan was built in 1832. Four congregations pooled their resources to build it. They had a common Sunday school and a rotating schedule of traveling preachers. I have also served on the Canaan Merchants association, and Canaan Historical Society.
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
I am told that 3,590 Somerset County Mainers would qualify. This seems to be a group who can not afford insurance premiums, and even if they could afford the premiums they could not afford the co-pays and deductibles. I believe with more people insured there would spring up more options in terms of health clinics and providers. More provider options would lead to more competition, which should lead to lower costs. The alternative is no care or hospital provided "Free Care." Some working families are trapped by the present limits: If they supplement their income they lose their health care. If they go to the next level their children lose theirs. It is very hard for a single income family to get ahead, and as they try they are pushed under. We should be trying to alleviate the problem of "generational poverty." In addition, the economy of Somerset County would greatly benefit. I have seen figures that indicate that by 2016 an additional 19 million dollars could have come into Somerset County stimulating 23 million in economic growth. Not sure that these numbers add up, but, people tell me "There Ain't No Money Around." What they mean is there is no cash flow. Kids are apprenticing in crime, dealing and stealing, and even that is not so lucrative anymore. Some have to swallow their pride to accept assistance, and I think Maine may have to do the same. Some parts of the country are called the bread basket, some have the oil fields, we are , for many , "vacationland" .
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?I do not like to see people discouraged and desperate. I heard a Governor LePage Radio advertisement. It said this; Maine has saved one million dollars and limited welfare to 5 years! Now with over a million people in Maine that is a savings of one dollar a piece! I believe that the five year limit is a federal limit on "Temporary Assistance to Needy Families." I believe that program was started under the Carter Administration. His purpose was to reduce the number of abortions by giving Families' and single mothers an option to attend school or training. Governor LePage seems to say that he got off welfare when he was 11 or 12. Where would he be under the 5 year rule? Now he has risen to the top of the public assistance programs; living in government housing, eating off tax payers money, and drawing a government check , with pension soon to follow. There has been too much demonizing of the poor and too little in the way of solutions. I do not think we can "Cheap skate our way into Prosperity": I myself have suffered losses from this tightening. A tenant who left owing me 4,000 dollars and a thief stealing copper out of my house. I try to help , but I am not a social service agency. We need to do more than create the "atmosphere" where cheap company's may come to Maine for cheap wages, cheap electricity, and lax environmental and labor standards. We need to build on our resources both natural and Human.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Yes
By how much?As an Employer I think a training wage is a good idea. I apprenticed for half wages to start. The question of minimum wage really begs of all wages. In a truly free market economy with full employment the problem would resolve itself and employers would have to compete for workers. In this economy we are forcing many to work below their capacity under the threat of loosing public assistance. Recent Republican reforms have pushed people off of private coverage's such as un employment and workers compensation. So here is the Question. Would a living wage allow us to scale back on assistance programs? I t would seem to me that if you work full time you should be able to feed your family with out an Electronics Benefit Card card. On the other hand inflation would hurt us all. While on the subject of food assistance and health, why not some cooking classes and natural foods. Why don't we try to grow and preserve more of what we need. Let us use the skills of the elderly to train the youth in Home Economics.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?Other
Please explain your position on legalization?We need to continue to decriminalize personal use of marijuana. I am reluctant to say legalize because of the implied promotion and taxation. I do not think we should be advertising and promoting the use, nor do I believe we should be prosecuting, and criminalizing the use. I think the medical use is good for now. I do not want to see pot become an agribusiness for the purpose of profit and taxation.