Ellie Espling, Republicanhttp://ellieespling.usFacebook
Office Sought: Representative - District 65
Occupation: Sales and Marketing Associate
1991 Graduate of Cape Elizabeth High School;
1994 Graduate of the University of Southern Maine with an Associate Degree in Business Administration
I have been married to my husband Steve for just over twenty years. We have four children, Scott is 18, Anna is 16, Lydia is 12 and Seth is 7.
Hometown: New Gloucester
Why are you running for office? The best ideas for making Maine a better place come from you, those I serve. If elected, I will continue to help you bring your ideas to Augusta. I firmly believe in Maine’s people having access to government and see my job as a facilitator. I am here to assist you in bringing to Augusta ideas that will make Maine a better place. I have lived in Maine most of my life except for two years when my father went on active duty in the Navy. My mother was also in the Navy reserves, and my grandfather was a World War 2 Navy veteran. Service is important to my family and we continue to serve our community in many different ways. My volunteer experience includes the following: past member of the New Gloucester Budget Committee, including chair; Volunteer Budget Counselor; Cancer Community Center Cancer Buddy; current member of the New Gloucester Public Safety Committee; Trustee at North Deering Alliance Church in Portland; steering committee member for SEEDS Homeschool co-op in New Gloucester; and Co-Chair of She Leads, a Statewide Republican women’s initiative. I would like to continue to take part in bringing real solutions to some of Maine's biggest issues.
I was first elected to the Maine House in District 105 which included New Gloucester, Durham and Lisbon in 2010. I was re-elected in that same district in 2012. I have been a member of the House Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee in both the 125th and 126th legislatures. In the 126th, I also served on the Joint Standing Committee on Joint Rules.
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
I did not support expanding Medicaid in the past legislative session. I do not believe Maine should expand Medicaid because Maine cannot afford it.
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?Other
What, if anything, would you change about welfare?Welfare needs to work efficiently for those who are in the most need of it. Republicans worked hard over the last two years to ensure that some of our most needy, our disabled, were taken off of waiting lists for services. A welfare program with the disabled waiting for care is not too generous. However, perhaps we are too generous in other areas of the system if we cannot afford to address the wait lists.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?No
Please explain your position on the minimum wage.In talking with local small businesses, raising the minimum wage would be hard on them when they are just starting to see business improve after the recession. If government forces costs to go up on small business and, if they can't absorb that cost, businesses will have to pass that cost onto their customers.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?No
Please explain your position on legalization?I support our current law which makes marijuana legal for medical use. I do not support legalizing marijuana for recreational use. As parents, my husband and I teach our teenagers about the pitfalls of drug use. I would find it difficult to vote in favor of legalizing a drug while also advising our youth of the problems associated with taking drugs.