2014 maine elections
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Stanley B Short Jr., Democrat

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Office Sought: Representative - District 106

Age: 63

Occupation: State Representative

Education:

Graduated from Lawrence High School in Fairfield, Maine in 1969. Attended Eastern Maine Vocational Technical Institute for Carpentry and Blue Print Reading. Graduated from the Heating, Air-Condition and Refridgeration Course at Southern Maine Vocational Technical Institute in 1972. Attended Central Maine Vocation Technical Institute for Plumbing and Pipe Fitting, Attended Kennebec Valley Technical Institute for three different welding courses. Attended Arbitration Classes that were put on by the American Arbitration Association in Boston. Attended the Meany Center in Silver Springs, Maryland for Advanced Arbitration. Attended the William Wipinsinger Center in Maryland for classes in grievance handling, labor contract negotiations, arbitration preperation, power point presentations, and lobbying.

Family:

On November 24th of 1972 my wife Debora and I were married in Waterville, Maine at Saint Marks Episcopal Church, where we continue to worship to this day. We have two children and five grandchildren.

Hometown: Pittsfield

Why are you running for office? My purpose for running for re-election is that I have a strong desire to help make life a little easier for the people of Maine. I have a life long history of being an advocate for the working men and women and I want to continue in that light by putting my experience to good use in an effort to provide assistance when needed to the people of Clinton, Detroit and Pittsfield. If re-elected I will continue to battle for the creation of high quality jobs and the exploration and development of alternative energy. Another reason that I am running for re-election is that during my first term I earned the reputation of being someone that showed a willingness to achieve bi-partisan solutions to the States problems. I want to continue to build on that effort for the benefit of all the people of Maine. Furthermore, I strongly believe that Maine has all the assests needed to be the State that attracts new businesses. Its people are highly sought after around the country, because they are a proud, hard working, knowledgable lot. Our inland natural resourses are virtually an untapped asset that should be used to bring businesses, jobs and revenue to our state. I want to be re-elected by the people of Clinton, Detroit and Pittsfield, because I believe that with their help I can get Augusta to focus on those assets for the benefit for all of us that are grateful and proud to be residence of this great State.

Poltical Experience:

I was elected in November of 2012 by the people of Clinton, Detroit and Pittsfield to serve in the 126th Legislature as their Representative. After being elected I was appointed to serve on the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Commitee. Prior to that I lobbied U S Representatives from fourteen States on behalf of working men and women. The list of National Political figures that I have lobbied concerning that effort include such people as, William Cohen, George Mitchell, Bernie Sanders, John Baldacci, Joe Brennan, Jim Longley, Angus King, Mike Michaud, Chuck Shumar, Olympia Snowe, Ted Kennedy, Bill andHillary Clinton and many others.

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 do favor the expansion of Medicaid for many reasons. Most importantly of all is that its expansion would provide life-saving coverage for approximently 3000 uninsured Maine Veterans. We need to take much better care of our veterans. In addition to that, expanding the coverage to include approximently 70,000 uninsured Mainers will not only save lives it will also save hospitals a tremendous amount of money. Currently our hospitals are providing medical care to many people that are uninsured and they are not being compensated for it.

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?I believe that we need to create a position within the department which will be held by a neutral party. That individual will be responsible for the addressing the issues of welfare fraud. In addition I find it unsettling that some people end up worse off after finding meaningful employment then they were when they were unemployed and on welfare. While in the welfare reform mode we must sure to make the necessary adjustments to our system so that people are not penalized for finding a job.

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

By how much?I would raise it to eight dollars and fifty cents. The reason is simple, $7.50 an hour is not a livable wage.

Would you support legalization of marijuana?No

Please explain your position on legalization?I have heard nothing that convinces me that we should legalize marijuana for recreational use. Other states have taken that step, so I believe that we need to take a step back and learn from their experiences.