2014 maine elections
Voters Guide
2014 maine elections
Voters Guide
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Guy P Desjardins, Democrat

Office Sought: Senator - District 22

Age: 61

Occupation: County Sheriff - Elected

Education:

Edward Little High School, Auburn, Maine

Maine Criminal Justice Academy

Babson College Command Training Program

National Sheriff's Institute – Executive Level Management

Family:

Married to former Christel C. Ricker for 42 years and we have one son, Brian, 41 years of age.

Hometown: Sabattus

Why are you running for office? Supporting our states municipal revenue sharing regulations and funding the state's 55% school funding responsibilities for our public school system.

Poltical Experience:

Present - Androscoggin County Sheriff – two, four year terms; Present – Sabattus Water District Trustee – three years; Past member of the Sabattus Board of Selectmen – nine years; Past Member of the Sabattus Budget Committee – four years; Past member of the Sabattus Regional Credit Union Trustee – five 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?Yes

Providing the availability to affordable health care to all Maine citizens should be an important issue for all of us if you believe health care is a human right, not a benefit for only those that can afford it. By expanding Medicaid not only will it bring into our state over 3 million dollars in new revenues but will also bring to our state approximately 3,000 good paying jobs and covering 70,000 Maine citizens that have been left behind. Preventative care is essential in lowering our medical cost for all of us.

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?No

What, if anything, would you change about welfare?Maine's average TANIF benefit is 19th among other states. We need to assure that only qualified and the most needy receive assistance. Transparency is a key here. Changes can only be achieved by having every federal and state program reviewed on a regular basis and determine their effectiveness. Are each program achieving their intended goals. If not, those programs should be re-evaluated. Are state agencies properly staffed and trained to manage the application and management responsibilities required by policy? If not, a staffing study should be conducted as soon as possible.

Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Yes

By how much?I'm not sure if I could support an increase of $10.10 per hour as some candidates have suggested if the intent is to accomplish it in one year. I would support a 3 to four year period for such an increase.

Would you support legalization of marijuana?No

Please explain your position on legalization?I would not support legalizing marijuana on a state level because it is in direct conflict of federal law. As a law enforcement officer I have seen the difficulty such local municipal ordinances that have been passed have hampered drug investigations within our state. Ask yourself this question, how can our state legalize any product that is in violation of federal law and than tax it for gain. Legalization should be tackled by our federal government, not by our state.