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Office Sought: Representative - District 94
Occupation: Stone Mason
Medomak Valley High School graduate of 2002, graduate of the United States Marine Corps school of hard knocks as a Sergeant, graduate of University of Maine, Augusta with Honors (BS in Applied Science, Minor in Business) 2013.
Married to Marci Annis Casas with two children, age 4 & 2.
Why are you running for office? I'm running for office to show that there is a place in politics for Independent minded, logic driven, young, compromising and non partisan individuals. As we continue to have a deeper fissure between the two parties, it is necessary for Independent minded folks to stand up and make the case for compromise. The job is to do the PEOPLES WORK, not to advance a party or personal agenda.
I have ZERO political experience. I have never held office or served on a local board. However I have had a ton of real world experience in many areas and I can relate to the mast folks in my area and around the State. I have been an active duty US Marine, a commercial fisherman, long time stone worker, recent college graduate, stay at home dad and devoted handyman for my wife's business. I bring a broad range of diverse experiences with me.
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?Yes
I support the expansion of Medicaid as set down by Republican Senators Kats and Saviello, including the sunset and managed care provisions. My hope is that we utilize these funds to educate the public on early detection, preventative maintenance and general health. The goal with expansion should be to reduce health care costs and to improve the health of our State. Better health results in fewer hospital visits, again saving the tax payer money.
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?If you are doing the right thing (looking for work, engaging in training programs, volunteering if you can't find work and are using tanif and SNAP funds in a proper way) you have nothing to worry about. That is what the social safety net is for, those who truly need some temporary assistance. However, if you are improperly using the benefits, not looking for work and actively gaming the system for personal gain, you are taking much needed resources away from those who need it. We all need a hand up sometimes but we need to break the cycle of generational dependency on government and hold all citizens personally accountable for their actions.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Yes
By how much?I'm unsure what I would support as the actual dollar amount, that is what productive and positive discussion and debate is for. I would incorporate information from the business and labor communities. I would also support taking the minimum wage to some cost of living increase index so we don't have to revisit this issue every 10 years.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?Yes
Please explain your position on legalization?I would allow law abiding citizens over the age of 21 to personally grow and consume their own marijuana. Those that sell marijuana within the legal constraints (as set down in whatever State law we craft) would be taxed on the products they sell. What a source of tax revenue we would have! I have talked with many police officers about legalizing marijuana and I get a similar response from them: We have to enforce the law but we are not overly concerned with the use of marijuana and would like to put of law enforcement resources to better use in other areas.