Mark A Cayer, Unenrolled
Office Sought: Representative - District 61
Occupation: Self-Employed Private Investigator
Lewiston Public Schools
Maine Criminal Justice Academy
Numerous Law Enforcement Classes
Law Enforcement Leadership Classes
Married 29 years
Two adult sons
Why are you running for office? I truly want to serve the community and not special interest groups. As a Lewiston Councilor I understand what happens when the needs of special interest groups come before the taxpayers. I’m the person who will absolutely take the taxpayers voice to Augusta. I will be Lewiston’s Independent Voice!
Three Term Lewiston City Councilor 2009 - Present; Two Term Council President; Former Farmington Selectmen; Former SAD School Board
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 could have supported a comprise, allowing federal funding being funneled into the insurance market place, and evaluated with a sunset provision if needed. This would benefit a large number of uninsured while keeping them off the Mainecare rolls. This would also support Lewiston’s largest employers, the hospitals.
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?The current welfare system encourages generational welfare and under estimates fraud. In my twenty year law enforcement career, I have witnessed significant amounts of abuse. Using education, including work ready programs, folks need to understand they can climb out of poverty. It will never be a war against the poor, but I will fight against generational welfare and fraud. The most prominent way to eliminate poverty is education.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?No
Please explain your position on the minimum wage.I do support a living wage and will advocate for this. Maine businesses must provide jobs that pay living wages, jobs that require an educated workforce. We must focus resources on growing an educated workforce. The way to bring this State out of poverty is through education.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?Other
Please explain your position on legalization?It’s time the question goes before the voters. I do not agree with communities passing laws that violate State & Federal Law. If the voters decide to legalize marijuana, sales of marijuana should be controlled by the state. I would not support marketing by private businesses that could target children.