2014 maine elections
Voters Guide
2014 maine elections
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Mary E Sharkus, Democrat

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Office Sought: Representative - District 103

Age: 55

Occupation: Director Human Sevices

Education:

High School- 1974-1978- Graduated

Fisher College- 1980-1984- Graduated

Ongoing Human Services Trainings

Family:

I am married to my husband John for 25 years this past May and we have 2 beautiful Children who are now living in Maine.

Hometown: Hermon

Why are you running for office? Mainers deserve a New Voice in Augusta. I want to be your voice as a Democrat, I believe we all can work together getting Maine back on Track.

Poltical Experience:

I have never been in Politics.

I work in Human Services and I am a substitute teacher for all subjects for the town of Hermon for the past 6 years.

As a past Director MH/MR in Mass. and present Program Director in Human Services in Maine and have been in Human Services for over 35 years, I have worked with many budgets within two states ( Mass & Maine) and in both states I see the same issues.

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 believe everyone deserves healthcare and a family doctor. I support increasing access to life-saving health care for over 70,000 Mainers, including 3,000 veterans. Doing so will will help help people and our economy by creating jobs. I think we need to help our local hospitals by reducing the cost of treating patients who have no insurance coverage.

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?The best welfare program is a good working program. I strongly believe our welfare programs should provide temporary help to struggling families who need to get back on their feet again. In Augusta, I will work hard to make sure our welfare programs are efficient and help people transition out of poverty and into employment.

Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Yes

By how much?$7.50 per hour is not realistic to families to pay their Bills - Rent, Utilities, Food, Car repairs & Car Insurance if they drive, Yearly Maine State registration & inspection sticker for a vehicle and Healthcare Insurance payments for those not covered by employers. To be eligible for Obamacare I believe you have to make at least $14,000 a year @ $7.50 hour x 40 hours x 4 weeks = $1,200 monthly ( GROSS) x 12 months = $ 14,400. I can't imagine having several people in the family trying to stretch the dollar with a family of 4 people. Raising the Minimum wage will help Mainers work towards paying their bills on their own and lowering our assistance programs in Maine.

Would you support legalization of marijuana?Yes

Please explain your position on legalization?Taxing marijuana will bring revenue to the state of Maine. I believe regulations and safety should be enforced by issuing the same state laws as those that cover alcoholic beverages in Maine. Revenues should be spent legislative priorities.