Roland D Martin, Democrat
Office Sought: Representative - District 150
Wisdom High School, St. Agatha
Officers Candidate School, Fort Benning, GA
Officers Advanced School, Fort Sill, OK
Married to Diane Martin
5 Children, ages 30 to 41
Hometown: Long Lake, Sinclair
Why are you running for office? Now more than ever, the St. John Valley needs someone representing them in Augusta that has experience and institutional knowledge, someone who will speak for them, who can work within the legislative system and represent them with understanding of the issues as they pertain to northern Maine. With my life experiences, I believe I possess the necessary skills to make a difference. As a lifelong resident of the Valley I understand the issues that confront our local communities.
Served in the House of Representatives in the 107th Legislature; Served in the Maine Senate in the 108th & 109th Legislatures; Town Manager, Frenchville; Town Manager, Madawaska; Aroostook County Administrator; Commissioner, Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, 2003 - 2011
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
The State should take advantage of this Federal program to assist those that are truly in need. Maine is one the few states that has not taken advantage of this Federal program.
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?A complete review of our welfare programs must be made; however, not at the expense of those that are needy. The state should not attempt to balance its budget at the expense of our local communities and local general assistance dollars. I would encourage those in charge of these programs to attempt to transition recipients to full-time employment. Public Assistance programs should be used as a temporary tool to assist those in need until one can become self sufficient.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Yes
By how much?Many workers who earn a minimum wage are on some type of financial assistance. One cannot be expected to support himself or his family while earning a minimum wage. Many are currently receiving some financial assistance to supplement their earnings. Increasing the minimum wage will reduce the cost of financial assistance currently being provided by the State and Federal Government.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?Other
Please explain your position on legalization?Legalization of marijuana is an issue that should be decided by the voters of Maine by referendum.