Gary A Quintal, Unenrolledhttp://quintal4senate.comFacebook
Office Sought: Senator - District 14
Occupation: Chelsea Code Officer
Certified as a Occupational Health and Safety Technologist - 1997
Central Maine Technical college - Associate degree in Occupational Health and Safety- 1996
Maine Attorney General Mediation -1995
Gardiner High School- 1973
I have been married 40 years, have a son and a daughter and my son has two boys (4+6)
Hometown: West Gardiner
Why are you running for office? I want to represent the "Common Mainer" with down to earth common sense values where our votes will be heard at the State Capital. I will vote for what is best for the Maine worker and individuals paying property tax and I will not vote to reduce State funded revenue sharing mandates. Though out my campaign, I have put the Maine Clean Election Funds back to work in my district and not paid out of state firms outrages fees for what could be made with in my district, keeping State Funds local paying state wages and providing work for small Maine businesses. I want ALL State Funds spent locally to promote businesses that have Maine roots. I will promote hiring individuals who are already working within our State to open up promotional opportunities and create incentives for businesses to turn part time workers into full time employees. I am against any permit required to carry a firearm but would promote a safety training requirement to purchase a firearm. An individual should be allow the choice when it comes to firearms, marriage, health care, etc without State control.
I have not been elected to any positions, but have followed many pieces of legislation, one being the requirement for safety training and licensing of divers and was hired as a small business to certify individuals in the scallop diver training program. Political experience does not have to come to an individual only through a voting process.
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
The State of Maine will pay for the uninsured with or without Federal help, we should accept all FEDERAL AID, it is the only way to get our tax dollars back into Maine.
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?The State should require at least some volunteer time as a repayment for the assistance they receive, if they are not working part time or going to school.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Yes
By how much?I would like the pay scale to be raised so part time employees can earning a living / working wage even if they had to have two part time employers so that they would not need assistance by the State.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?Yes
Please explain your position on legalization?This so called War on Drugs has only cost the working Mainer to pay higher taxes, with more individuals going jail, then these individual have a hard time getting jobs and end up on State assistance. Regulate, tax and keep the money in this State and stop sending it to the drug cartel.