2014 maine elections
Voters Guide
2014 maine elections
Voters Guide
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Michael J Timmons, Republican

Office Sought: Representative - District 45

Age: 72

Occupation: President Cumberland Fair/Retired

Education:

Graduated Windham High School;

B.S. and Master Degree from UMO/USM;

Certified School Administrator

Family:

Married to Sally we have one daughter Michelle and a grandson Andrew

Hometown: Cumberland

Why are you running for office? My career has been in leadership during 47 years in Classrooms, School Administration and President of Cumberland Fair. We need people with proven leadership skills in Augusta. I can be a positive leader who will work for the people in my District.

Poltical Experience:

Served on Town Council in Windham. One year as Chairperson Currently serve on State of Maine Harness Racing Commission Elected to three two year terms as President of Cumberland Fair

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 support programs that help individuals in need who qualify. This will be my first time making decisions on these very serious matters , so I will do my research, evaluate the cost to the taxpayers, benefits to those involved and than cast my vote.

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?Other

What, if anything, would you change about welfare?Those who manage these programs must be certain the individuals qualify for the benefits. I would like to hear from those who administrate these programs who gets the benefits and are they monitored to see if they are still eligible. Fraud must be eliminated from the program.

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

Please explain your position on the minimum wage.I would support a gradual increase in the rate over time but going to $10.00 an hour all at once would increase unemployment and cause serious hardship on small and large business leaders.

Would you support legalization of marijuana?No

Please explain your position on legalization?Spending 47 years with teenagers and seeing the effects drugs have on school student attendance, studying, and social skills supports my position.