Debi A Davis, Republicanhttp://www.debidavis2014.comFacebook
Office Sought: Representative - District 11
Occupation: Radio Show Host/Producer
1977 Portland High School Diploma
I am married to Michael Clukey.
I have two children, Cheri Gaudet living in Springvale and John Gaudet living in Biddeford.
I am Grandy to three grandsons (alias 'boy boys') Kristofer age 10, Zeb age 9 and John age 8.
Why are you running for office? I am running for office because Maine needs more average, every day people, specifically women, serving in government to offset the life long politicians, social workers and lawyers we have in Augusta now. They are all trained to either drag out the political process, design new freebies or give away the public's money. As a result, Maine is doing a great job of creating more government dependents and this must stop. We have big issues to solve and can't waste any more time on political jockeying. We need to lower our energy costs and reduce the cost of doing business here so that Maine can better compete in attracting new businesses that will grow a robust job landscape. This will help to revitalize and encourage the 18-34 year old population segment to stay in Maine. We also need to look at our tax structure. Our income tax is a business killer and needs to go away. I will propose we seriously look at a flat tax or fair tax where the more you buy, the more you pay. This will truly make our tax structure fair to all. We also need to teach our kids about money, budgets and business at an earlier age. There are too many graduating today that know nothing about how to save, invest, balance a budget or what it means to open a business. Not everyone is college bound; some would prefer to work for themselves and it's up to us to get this taught more in depth in the schools. These issues need resolution if Maine's future is to flourish and that's why I'm running.
July '03 - Oct '04, I served on the Planning Board in Raymond, Maine for a little more than a year until I moved to Saco, Maine.
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
First of all, we can't afford it. The first round of Medicaid expansion was estimated at being $7m and it ended up costing us over $100m. And, federal money comes directly from the pocket of you and me, the tax payer. It's not free money. Secondly, why should the tax payer pay for able bodied, able minded, capable and competent people to be on Medicaid? Shouldn't they be handling that for themselves like the rest of us tax payers must? Even my 84 year old mother is forced to pay for her own health care costs and frankly, in my opinion, the elderly deserve to have their health care paid for in its entirety, before we go adding the capable and competent to the collection roles.
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 like to see us do away with the cash portion of the EBT card. The EBT card is being used to bail people out of jail and used in establishments that clearly have nothing to do with feeding a family. If one is getting their subsidies from the tax payer, then as a tax payer, I want to be assured that the program in place is giving out exactly and only, what the program should be giving out. Tax payers should not be paying for jail bail outs, strip clubs or vacations.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?No
Please explain your position on the minimum wage.I do not support raising the minimum wage just because there is an outcry for it. Business will pay what it can support. The minimum wage is meant for those lesser skilled jobs and new entries into the workforce. It is a beginning, a start and should not be considered a living wage. The way to increase your paycheck is to increase your knowledge and skillset, thus making you more valuable to potential employers. If you choose not to do this, you can expect to make little money in life. Luckily in Maine, only about 10% of our jobs actually start at minimum wage.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?No
Please explain your position on legalization?I will never support to legalize a mind-altering drug. The fact that alcohol is legal is not enough of a reason for me to change my thought process on this. I have first hand knowledge of this issue and this drug will keep you unmotivated and willing to settle for less than you could have. You cannot live up to your full potential as a user of marijuana because too much time is spent with your head in a fog and your butt on the couch with a bag of Doritos in your lap. This is not a good thing for the future of Maine and I can't support its legalization.