Douglas Damon, Republican
Office Sought: Representative - District 126
University of Maine at Orono, Maine with a degree in Elementary Education, and Auburn University of Montgomery, Alabama with a Masters Degree in Political Science. Additionally, I have graduated from The Air War College and by correspondence from the National War College.
I have been married to my wife for 44 and one half years and we have raised two boys to adult hood.
Why are you running for office? Maine government must be more responsive to the needs of the people. Government needs to be more effective and efficient. Too big and it does not respond to the needs of the people. Maine Government should think like a business; what are the needs of the business and what are the needs of the people. Lets resolve the differences.
I have served on the City of Bangor Center Government Committee, the Bangor Planning Board for 6 years and in the Maine Legislature #125 for two years. I have an undergraduate degree From the UofM in Education and a graduate degree in Political Science from Auburn University of Montgomery, Alabama.
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
The program is yet to be designed and shaped to benefit the needs of the people. It is not supported by the medical industry as a whole. There is much work to be done. We must focus our attention on the needs of the women with little children and the elderly. Medicate expansion is not yet focused on the proper areas.
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?Welfare reform is a need that is now being addressed. There are many ideas that will assist in this endeavor. President Clinton implemented Welfare Reform but Maine blocked its implementation fully. We should look at how we can couple this up with work force training and implementation.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Other
Please explain your position on the minimum wage.I want to sit and talk with the Dept of Labor, Employers, and other key community leaders to determine local need and job effect. We cannot ignore the left that states it is needed, however, neither can we ignore the right that says it will eliminate low level jobs. The "flushing" out of the truth has not been done. More work needs to be done here.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?No
Please explain your position on legalization?This is a problem that will continue to grow. Colorado and Washington have both encountered problems that were not planned on. Neighboring states are also experiencing issues with people crossing state lines to procure and use the drug. Reports are many about the selling of illegal marijuana with out taxes. Legalizing drugs does not make society more secure or acceptable.