Maurice J Marshall, RepublicanFacebook
Office Sought: Representative - District 135
Occupation: Restaurant Host/Artist
Pemetic Elemntary School, Southwest Harbor, MAine 1960-1969
Mount Desert Island Regional High School, Bar Harbor, Maine 1969-1973
Denison University, Granville, Ohio 1973-1977 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre
Single, no children
Hometown: Southwest Harbor
Why are you running for office? As a native of Mount Desert Island and resident now of Lamoine, I want to put my talents to work solving the problems that the towns of Lamoine, Bar Harbor, and Mount Desert face. Economic development and job growth should be the first priority of the State of Maine. There are many subsidiary problems that are caused by the current economy and lack of jobs. The solutions will not come from the current mindset, but from creative thinking open to all ideas. Any House District that includes Bar Harbor is not friendly to Republicans and consequently many very able Republicans have run to represent Bar Harbor in Augusta without success. I am running because I feel that the towns of Bar Harbor, Lamoine, and Mount Desert needs fresh thinking in Augusta representing all in the community with an openess to creative viable ideas for the future.
Moderator- Southwest Harbor annual town meeting 2007 - present
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
Medicaid expansion in Maine will only be paid by the Federal government for one year at this date. Medicaid expansion will not provide the medical care that low income Mainers need. The expansion will only benefit Hospitals. Health Care in Maine needs reform that truly meets health care needs. Medicaid expansion will not do that.
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?Public assistance must be temporary help to move people to self-sustinance. The assistance must be administered on the local level with inquiry into immigration status and drug testing.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?No
Please explain your position on the minimum wage.Raising the minimum wage will cost jobs. Workers should be encouraged to advance to higher paying positions.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?No
Please explain your position on legalization?Nothing should be done until the Federal Government changes their Marijuana laws.