Rose Marie Russell, Republican
Office Sought: Representative - District 34
Occupation: Retired teacher
Graduated from North Hagerstown (MD) High School in 1959. I earned an Associate of Arts Degree from St.Mary's Junior College (MD) in 1961. I graduated with a B.A. from the University of Kentucky in 1963.
I am widowed and have two grown sons, 50 and 48 yrs of age.
Why are you running for office? I am running for House Seat 34 to give the voters of Westbrook a choice. They deserve that consideration.
I have not held elective office. I am a student of history and stay apprised of local, state, and national issues. Upon retirement I worked on local, state, and national campaigns. In 2011 I became the Republican Committee Chairman in Westbrook and have continued to be active in campaigns to elect my fellow Republicans to office.
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 is medical welfare. Not expanding the program reduces the burden on our welfare system which is there for the elderly,the disabled ,and children. As for 70,000 able-bodied people who will no longer be eligible for Medicaid they may be covered under another program. I am in total agreement with Governor LePage's position on this issue.
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?Welfare programs are there for a "leg up" not for the duration of one's life. I personally like the changes Governor LePage has made in Maine's welfare system, specifically the giving back to the system (job,skills training, and/or community service).
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?No
Please explain your position on the minimum wage.Minimum wage represents the value of a person's skills NOT the person himself. If someone is trying to support a family on minimum wage that person's duty to himself and his family is to build his skills by tapping into community training opportunities, job counseling, being mentored, etc. There are State programs that do those very things. One must definitely think of the business that has to pay wages--that person took a risk to become his own boss and ofttimes does works many, many hours a week without pay.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?No
Please explain your position on legalization?I believe smoking marijuana affects the development of immature brains and more than likely has an effect that is not desirable on mature brains. I am in no way an expert but from the knowledge I have I believe it is a gate-way drug. I know popular opinion says that if marijuana is legalized it will eliminate drug crime. I doubt that. All that being said, I do not see marijuana "going away" any time soon.