Gary E Sukeforth, UnenrolledFacebook
Office Sought: Representative - District 95
Occupation: Owner, The Common Market grocery store in Union.
I graduated from Camden-Rockport High School in 1978.
I graduated from University of Maine at Orono in 1983 with a B.S. in Agricultural & Resource Economics.
I attended graduate school at Pennsylvania State University from 1983 - 1985.
Divorced. No children.
Why are you running for office? I decided to run for office to provide an alternative to the traditional party candidates. I am tired of the fighting and bickering between the Democrats and Republicans. My campaign motto is: "Less Politics . . . More Common Sense." I am a true "Independent" with moderate politic beliefs. I tend to be fiscally conservative and moderate/liberal on social issues.
I previously served in the State Legislature as a Representative for one term in 2002-2004. I did not seek re-election.
In the 1980's and 1990's I served as a Selectman/Assessor/Overseer for the Town of Appleton for several years. After serving as Selectman, I served on the Appleton School Committee for several years.
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?Other
I believe everybody should have access to affordable health care. Ideally the Affordable Care Act would be amended so there would not be this gap in coverage. Until that happens I would favor Medicaid expansion but would prefer to do it with a provision that it sunsets after three years if it becomes too expensive to the state.
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?Perhaps too generous for some and not generous enough for others. I support the governor's initiative that able bodied welfare recipients should be required to work and or volunteer 20 hours per week to continue to receive benefits. On the Federal level I would like to see changes to the Food Stamp program so that recipients can not buy "junk food" (candy, soda, chips, etc) nor high priced meats/seafoods with their benefits.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Other
Please explain your position on the minimum wage.Ideally, the minimum wage should be raised and then indexed to keep pace with increases in the cost of living. However, I worry that some small businesses may not be able to afford increases in workers' wages - especially in our current fragile economy.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?Other
Please explain your position on legalization?My initial reaction is to legalize marijuana. However, I would like to hear testimony from the medical and law enforcement community about the possible adverse effects such legalization could cause.