2014 maine elections
Voters Guide
2014 maine elections
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Larry K Fox, Republican

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Office Sought: Representative - District 147

Age: 65

Occupation: Retired

Education:

University of Maine at Presque Isle - graduated 1975 with a Bachelors of Science in Education majoring in Life Sciences and Physical Sciences

University of Maine - Masters in Public Administration - 1975

Subsequent courses at the University of Maine, University of Southern Maine and Husson College

Family:

My wife Sylvia and I have been married for 43 years. We have two adult sons who are 37 and 35 years in age, and two grandchildren who are 6 and 3 years in age.

Hometown: Presque Isle

Why are you running for office? I recently retired after finishing a 25 year career in SAD#1 as a teacher and administrator, and now have more time to devote to public service. During my career, I especially enjoyed working with students and adults in helping them deal with the everyday challenges that they encountered. One area that was most rewarding to me was helping young people choose career paths as part of their high school education. Partnering with our local community college, we were able to offer high school students the opportunity to enroll in college level coursework and get a significant start on their post-secondary education. I have always enjoyed working with groups of people to address barriers to progress and to build consensus through joint problem solving. During the last year of my career, I had discussions with several people whom I respect and was encouraged to continue using my problem solving and consensus building experience for the people in my district by running for the legislature. In campaigning door-to-door to meet the people of my district and hear about their concerns, my decision to run for this office has been reinforced. There are many issues and needs before us as a community and as a state, and I hope to join other legislators in finding common-sense solutions and approaches to addressing these concerns.

Poltical Experience:

My prior experience in public politics consists of several years as a school board member in SAD#45.

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 do not support the expansion of Medicaid as it has been proposed to date. I believe that we need to address the needs of all of those who are truly needy, primarily elderly and disabled individuals, currently on waiting lists before expanding coverage to other groups of people. I also believe that we should be very cautious in setting parameters and conditions of enrollment to assure that any expansion results in meeting targeted needs with no opportunity for potential misuse of public funds. This is a very complex issue, and we need to anticipate any future ramifications before enacting new legislation.

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 would support legislation that prohibits the use of welfare cash to purchase alcohol, tobacco, lottery tickets and other such items. I would also support the requirement that able-bodied welfare applicants document their efforts to secure employment. In summary, we need to encourage those receiving welfare benefits by helping them secure employment, provide educational opportunities that will lead to their success in attaining employment, assist with childcare and transportation issues as needed, and learning to prioritize their spending on those things that will best support their efforts to become financially independent.

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

Please explain your position on the minimum wage.I believe that we need to develop a gradual timeline for increasing the minimum wage and a comprehensive program that addresses the impacts of doing so.

Would you support legalization of marijuana?No

Please explain your position on legalization?I believe legalizing the recreational use of marijuana would lead to increased abuse and a host of other significant social issues. There is overwhelming scientific evidence of serious health and behavioral issues relative to the abuse of alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs that impair cognitive and motivational functioning, especially in younger people.