Thomas H Skolfield, RepublicanFacebook
Office Sought: Representative - District 112
I graduated from Wilton Academy and received a degree in Forestry from Unity College in 1970. I am a graduate of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. I have received numerous professional certificates from institutions of higher learning during my career in Conservation.
My wife, Gordeen, and I are proud of four adult children; three sons and one daughter. We have eight grandchildren; five granddaughters and three grandsons. They range in age from 2 years to 15 years of age. We are very fortunate that three of our children and their families live right here in Maine.
Why are you running for office? I am a seventh generation Maine native with 4 children and 8 grandchildren. I want all of our children, your and mine, to be able to have the opportunity and the choice to stay and thrive in our area of this great state. We need to continue to manage our natural resources wisely. I have always been a strong advocate for good stewardship of the great natural resources our state offers. I want to maintain our outdoor heritage and traditions. Hardworking people in this area are very compassionate and giving to those less fortunate. We need to direct our limited fiscal resources to those who are truly in need. I have known and I understand the struggles of making a living and paying bills. I will use common sense leadership to represent you with honesty, integrity, and fairness. . I enjoy public service. I know the people in District 112 and am one of you. I hope to bring to Augusta the experience I have acquired over a lifetime of public service to the State House. There, I will use that experience to represent the people from the towns of western Somerset County and the High Peaks region of Franklin County. I am an average guy who will work harder the average guy to represent you in Augusta.
While I have never been elected to a statewide office before, I retired 5 years ago from a 43 year career of public service in the field of natural resource protection. This experience provided me with a great deal of knowledge and understanding at the state level. I am on the board of selectpersons in Weld serving as chair for the past two years.
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
I am concerned that nearly 40% of the Maine's general fund budget is predicted to be spent on MaineCare in the next 10 years. That comes to about 6 to 9 Billion dollars depending on the sources. This places an overwhelming burden on our hard working Maine taxpayers. We must do better.
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 hard working people in this area are, by their very nature, compassionate and giving to those less fortunate than they. They know that we must take care of those who are unable to care for themselves. Whether the need is temporary or lifelong we will support those who require it. We need to be sure that those who do need help get enough help. The safety net we offer for the truly needy should not however become a hammock for the able bodied. If you work for your living, vote for me. If you vote for your living, vote for my opponent.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?No
Please explain your position on the minimum wage.Often employers pay more that minimum to get good workers. For others, with entry level jobs it is all they can afford without passing the increases on to customers or hiring fewer employees. When minimum is $10, will employers pay more or just pay the minimum? And so it goes.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?No
Please explain your position on legalization?Recently the state of Colorado legalized small amounts of marijuana. In my view this makes Colorado a laboratory for the study of the effects this legalization will have on their state. I do not support legalization, however, a five year moratorium, preventing a future referendum, would in my view, allow us here in Maine, to study the Colorado experiment.