David P Sawicki, Republicanhttp://daveformaine.comFacebook Twitter
Office Sought: Representative - District 64
Occupation: Marketing Agency
1980-84: Oxford Hills High School, Norway, ME. Diploma
1984-1988: Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA. BA Psychology
1994-1997: Boston University, Boston, MA. MBA
Married to Diane, my wife of 22 years
4 Children. 4, 11, 11, 14
Why are you running for office? I do not like what I see emerging in this country at the national level and now creeping into our state. Since the Democrats took control of the Whitehouse and Senate in 2008 we have seen them pursue a relentless agenda of big government control over too many aspects of our personal lives. Obamacare is an abomination that now has the federal government in control of our very bodies by virtue of healthcare regulations. What used to be a private relationship between you and your doctor is now a government controlled “benefit” where unelected government bureaucrats have a seat with you in the examination room, guiding how and what type of treatment your are allowed. For the first time in my life we have a president who actively ignores the religious freedom of American citizens by signing a bill that requires employers, including religious organizations and Catholic hospitals, to pay for birth control measures that directly conflict with their deep moral convictions. The Democrat management motto might as well be “You have a problem? Government has a solution.” I believe big government is the antithesis of a vibrant free market economy. Why am I running? To champion free market principles and push forcefully back against a big government that’s out of money and out of control.
2012: Delegate to the GOP State Convention; 2012-Present: Androscoggin County GOP, voting member
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
With limited tax dollars and the need to keep taxes low to stimulate job growth we have better things to spend the people's money on.
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 should be there for folks who by no fault of their own cannot care for themselves. We need to move away from providing taxpayers dollars to able bodied people who can work but choose not to. There should be no cash option included with government assistance, like EBT cards. I would like to see Maine state government and DHHS move away from serving as a taxpayer funded charity. Private and non-profit care organizations are much more efficient at converting their contributions into relief to those in need. I would like to see Maine government transition responsibility of management and delivery of relief services to local charities and offer taxpayers new tax credits for the donations they make to those organizations.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Yes
By how much?Peg it to inflation since the last time it was adjusted.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?Yes
Please explain your position on legalization?I believe possession of marijuana, a plant that can grow wild in Maine, should be decriminalized.