Ellen A Winchenbach, Republican
Office Sought: Representative - District 91
Occupation: Owner- Hair Country , Cosmetologist- 38 years
Medomak Valley High School- Graduated 1975
Central Beauty School 1976
Associate Broker Real Estate License 2008, currently inactive.
Married to Craig for 38 years. 2 sons, Darren , age 33 and Evan, age 29 and 3 grandsons.
Why are you running for office? I am running for re-election because I care about the people. I would like to go back to Augusta to put to good use, the institutional knowledge that I have gained these last 2 years.
State Legislature , 2012-2014. Waldoboro Board of Selectmen , 2004-2007. Waldoboro Budget Committee, 2011-2014 Lincoln County Budget Advisory Committee, 2004-2007
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 cosponsored 2 Medicaid expansion bills that were brought forward in the 126th Legislative Session. I feel very strongly that all people need access to healthcare. We need to accept the Federal money and look to the future.
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 believe in helping those who are truly in need. We really need to crack down on those who abuse the system. Welfare was not meant to be a living.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Yes
By how much?I support raising the minimum wage to $8.50 an hour. It has been several years since the last increase.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?No
Please explain your position on legalization?I would not support legalizing recreational marijuana. I only support marijuana for medicinal purposes.