Lee T Fellman, RepublicanFacebook
Office Sought: Representative - District 81
Occupation: Construction Foreman/Soldier
Mt Blue High School - Graduated in 2005
Berklee College of Music - 2005-2006
Army Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training - 2006-2007, Imagery Analysis Certification
University of Maine at Augusta - 2007-2009
American Military University - 2011-Currently enrolled in International Relations major
Army Basic Instructor Course - Graduated in 2013
I am married to Heather Fellman who is five months pregnant with our first child.
Why are you running for office? I am well-aware of the disturbing trend in politics of candidates campaigning on empty promises of more jobs, lower taxes, better representation, etc. Rarely do the following actions of the elected official give us a feeling of satisfaction concerning our vote. We wonder what happened to the promises of the candidate and why they cannot follow through on the platform they were elected to follow. This widespread frustration led me to accept the Republican nomination to represent the towns of Readfield, Winthrop, and North Monmouth. I want to truly represent the people of House District 81, regardless of differing political parties, ideologies, or income groups. Mainers are tired of partisan bickering and back-room dealing. I have no interest in playing those games and will fight to bring transparency and accountability to Augusta. As an integral member of a small, local business I see the difficulties and challenges business owners face in Maine. If elected I will do everything in my power to improve the business climate and reduce the red tape choking our job creators. I did not actively seek this job but was asked to run this past summer. After much careful consideration and discussion with my wife, other family, and friends I chose to accept. If elected I will not take the office lightly but will hold it with the dignity and respect I also have for the residents of HD 81.
This is the first election I have run in. My previous experience in politics has been as an observer through the years, an International Relations student in college, and a political analyst for the Military.
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 favor MaineCare expansion as it saddles Maine with future obligatory debt and does nothing to fix current MaineCare problems. Instead of focusing on current underfunded Medicaid programs, the expansion would only serve citizens who should be able to obtain low-cost health insurance through the Marketplace.
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?MaineCare and food stamp enrollment is unsustainable at current numbers. Reforms must be introduced to ensure the programs are available for residents truly in need.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?No
Please explain your position on the minimum wage.I understand the necessity for a living wage for every worker in the state. That said, forcing our local businesses to lay off employees they could no longer afford will have a negative impact on our economy and increase unemployment.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?Other
Please explain your position on legalization?There is a lot we do not yet know about the statewide effects of marijuana legalization, and I would like to make sure that it is safe, and is truly what the citizens want, before voting on the issue. Prior to any vote, the State should study the effects of legalization in Colorado and Washington states to be fully prepared for state-wide legalization.