Lester S Ordway, Republican
Office Sought: Representative - District 23
Central Maine Technical College
University of Southern Maine
Married to Susanne Ordway
Three adult children
Why are you running for office? The bottom line on why I am running is because like most people I am sick and tired of partisan politics coming before the people of Maine. I don’t care what party anyone belongs to, if someone has a good idea, it’s a good idea. I will work for a positive future with new business and good jobs, second to none education for our children, and welfare reform with affordable quality healthcare. Making the State live up to covering 55% of local education. Ten years ago the voters of Maine enacted a law requiring this and the State has been ignoring since. Reforming state government and making Maine more fiscally sound. Unfunded State mandates are an assault on local property taxes. Our regulations, high taxes and high energy costs make job creation extremely difficult.
Standish Planning Board Member; SAD 6 Budget Advisory Committee; Lake Region Comprehensive Design Committee; (Past) SAD 6 School Board Member
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
The Federal money would dry up after three years, after that the tax payers of Maine would be required to foot all of the costs. We simply can not afford it.
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?We need to protect our most vulnerable citizens; we need to reform welfare and not expand it. Maine is quickly becoming a welfare destination State and we just can not afford to continue on this path. We are now the oldest State in the country, our children are leaving in droves. Without young people in the workforce our seniors are paying ever expanding tax bills on incomes that are fixed.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Other
Please explain your position on the minimum wage.I could support a modest minimum wage increase, to a point that doesn't put small businesses on the position of eliminating jobs.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?Other
Please explain your position on legalization?I feel that if an adult wants to use marijuana in their own home so be it. I also feel that we should have very harsh penalties for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of marijuana.