2014 maine elections
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Pauline "Polly" S Wilcox, Republican

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Office Sought: Representative - District 30

Age: 63

Occupation: Social Worker- Work at Comfort Keepers- Senior Home Care- Personal Care

Education:

B.A. Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, New York

M. S. W. University of Buffalo, Graduate School of Social Work, Buffalo, New York (Masters in Social Work)

Family:

My husband, Steve and I were married 29 years when he died of cancer this year Jan. 2014. We have 2 young adult children who graduated from Cape Elizabeth High School. Eliza age 27 graduated in 2006 and Jim graduated in 2008. Both Eliza and Jim had excellent preparation for their college experiences and have graduated college and found employment. Jim works in New Jersey and Eliza worked in Mainland China for 2 years following college graduation. More recently Eliza has worked in Maine, partly due to family circumstances.

Hometown: Cape Elizabeth

Why are you running for office? I have a unique background which I think could help my town come together more in our discussion of issues we want represented in Augusta. I am a masters prepared social worker and I am a registered Republican. I do not want to argue or degrade my opponent's personality to make a point. I am so offended by that sort of political behavior. Cape Elizabeth is such a beautiful community physically and emotionally. You have supported my children and when I required major surgery and my husband required major care, you were there for us. I'm ok with discussing the opposite view and I want to hear and discuss the views of the citizens. Social workers don't chose which side a client should be on. They try to understand a point of view in the context of the person or town that is delivering it. This talent can help. Also , I am not afraid to try new or more innovative programing. Years ago I was part of starting a camp experience and support organization for children with cancer, the 4th in the country, Camp Good Days and Special Times INC. Then a recreational therapist and i started the Camp for the patient's siblings, Camp BEST, Brothers and Sisters together. No one had tried that and it was scary , but it made perfect sense to me as a medical social worker working with these families in the hospital. You can read about this organization on the internet now. I want to help.

Poltical Experience:

Not since High School Student Council and my Class Presidency in college have I "run" for political office. However, I have worked on many many campaigns and town political committees, starting with a national congressional race by a close friend. In Cape Elizabeth I have made my voice known over the years as a citizen at school board and town council meetings and PTSA meetings at the schools. I worked on a close race for this seat a few years ago.

Our family lived in the more democratic China, Taiwan ROC for Eastman Kodak Company. We participated in Rotary and International Women's Club events, as well as attending and avoiding political events depending on safety. We understood their restrictions in educations and the huge appreciation of their teachers, even celebrating a national holiday for teachers, Confucius' Birthday.

All these experiences give me an unusual background for looking at how we can best represented in Augusta

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

In my experience at this time Federal funding to the states for medicaid expansion costs is not often not accurately reported. 100% reimbursement the first 3 years and 90% the following years is not necessarily the accurate reimbursement guideline. There are so many exceptions in the reimbursement rules. There is a report from the Federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services CMS explaining this view further.

I don't think it is smart for a state with our financial concerns to take on this financial responsibility of medicaid expansion, as our solution to lack of health care for some citizens.

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?Maine's welfare programs need to be better managed to provide what they are directed to provide. Citizens need a safety net to grow beyond a less stable life experience to more independence. However, if misuse that has been documented regarding the misuse of for example EBT cards is allowed to continue taxpayer support for a welfare programing declines. Most citizens in need request aid for honorable reasons. Taxpayers should be given more documented demonstration of Maine running a welfare system that serves rather than redirects funds from their rightful recipient.

Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?No

Please explain your position on the minimum wage.From an economic point of view doing so will further decrease business employment numbers and hamper already stressed small businesses in Maine leading to further decline of our tax base. We should be attracting all businesses to Maine by decreasing burdensome regulations, and providing incentives to younger workers, for example student loan forgiveness on other tax incentives. This would result more jobs, more middle managers, less minimum wags workers needed. This is a very complicated and in my view not helpful solution. Look into the account of the hugely successful Maine business which was lured away to N.Carolina in 1996. It now employes 400 people . It was sold for $ 300,000,000 by owner Roxanne Quinby. What a loss for Maine. Next time let's lure the new great small business to remain in Maine and keep all those dollars growing our economy.

Would you support legalization of marijuana?No

Please explain your position on legalization?Marijuana is a drug. We do not need more legal drugs. Alcohol is enough of a problem. I am a social worker, I know this problem. I am glad to discuss this, but changing my mind is unlikely.