2014 maine elections
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Stedman Seavey, Republican

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Office Sought: Representative - District 9

Age: 62

Occupation: Self-employed Grocer

Education:

Kennebunk High School 1970

University of Southern Maine 1977 - Bachelor of Science in Political Science

Family:

Married to Betsy (Perrow) Seavey 41 years

2 adult children

2 adorable grandchildren

Hometown: Kennebunkport

Why are you running for office? I am running for House Representative because I want to be a strong voice in Augusta for our communities. I served in the Legislature for 8 years in the 1980s and left to run my family business, Bradbury Bros. Market. During the 20+ years since then, I have enjoyed being part of my community by interacting with customers and employees on a daily basis at the store. I want to represent my town and our neighboring communities and address so many of the frustrations that I hear from residents. My children are grown and I am also a grandfather now. I want to use my personal and professional experiences, from raising a family, to running a small-business and serving previously in the Legislature, to not only represent our citizens, but to help cut through the bureaucracy in Augusta. I have a conservative, but balanced approach to decision-making and will bring practical judgment to each piece of legislation. I believe a Representative must take into consideration the fairness of each proposal and not just promote his or her own political ideology. I always considered it a privilege to represent my fellow citizens and look forward to doing so again.

Poltical Experience:

Kennebunkport Board of Selectmen: 1975-1980, 2006-2008; Maine House of Representatives: 1982-1990, 2004-2006

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?Other

After the federal government assistance runs out how will the state continue to pay for the expansion? This is just one example of the many tough questions that need to be evaluated regarding this legislation. In the years to come, this expansion will eventually need to be paid for with either tax increases or spending cuts to other services. Having access to healthcare is important, but making healthcare more affordable so that it can be accessible needs to be the ultimate goal. Before I support or oppose this, I want to read the specifics of how the Medicaid Expansion legislation is written and hear from taxpayers on whether or not this is a program they want our state to support.

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?One of my priorities as your Representative in Augusta would be to work on eliminating the current fraud and abuse in our welfare system. The welfare system was originally designed to temporarily assist those in our community who are truly in need. I don't think anyone in good conscience would disagree with that mission. However, today's welfare system has become so inclusive that it is wrought with abuse. This takes away crucial funds from people who ultimately need it most and wastes frivolous amounts of hard-earned taxpayer dollars. It is critical that assistance be diverted from those just “living off the system” and prioritized to people who truly need temporary assistance for food and shelter, to get back on their feet, while working toward a better future.

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

Please explain your position on the minimum wage.I could support a gradual increase . I could not support the so-called livable wage legislation that would bankrupt small businesses.

Would you support legalization of marijuana?Other

Please explain your position on legalization?I generally believe in a "live and let live" philosophy. My concern with legalizing marijuana is the potential of driving while impaired. I would need to analyze the potential health benefits and assess the risks while listening to the pros and cons from each side before making a final decision.