Tim I Marks, Democrat
Office Sought: Representative - District 87
Occupation: Retired State Trooper
Gardiner High school 1978
University of Maine associate in Criminal Justice 1984
Maine Criminal Justice Academy 1986
Daughters Kristin, Kayla, Halee
1 dog 1 cat 2 horses
Why are you running for office? I have always enjoyed helping my friends and neighbors. As a Retired Maine State Trooper I still get calls and people coming to my house for help or questions. This afternoon a neighbor stopped by when his daughters vehicle was struck by a stolen vehicle that crashed into hers. This summer I helped another neighbor when his beef cow was held by the department of agriculture for 3 weeks while it was tested for E coli. I know State Government and how it works. After finishing my first term I will be in a better position to help the people of my district. My experience in law enforcement, owning a small storage business and as a logger. Holding a class A CDL and a inspection license , coaching 3 sports e gives me some insight into the issues that relate to all of us I want to protect the 2nd amendment, I voted for constitutional carry, and will sponsor it if re elected I want to make it tougher for OUI offenders. I had one bill passed last year that increased the penalties for repeat offenders. I want to allow the department of Inland fish and game to manage our fish and wildlife, rather than legislate or mandate by citizen referendum. I want to stop large banks from charging a penalty for closing a commercial loan early. That's not good for business in Maine.
Currently Elected State Representative 2012-2014
Selectman Town of Pittston 2012
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 voted to expand, we heard from Maine hospitals and they want to get paid. Insuring 70,000 Mainers will save lives and money.
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 you should not be eligible to receive benefits if you are not a legal citizen or having lived here for at least a year. Double the penalty for any one convicted of abusing the program. Crack down on the corporate welfare abuse. providers that overcharge are costing millions.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Yes
By how much?$10 an hour, $7.50 is not a livable wage and how many jobs that you know of, pay that now.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?Yes
Please explain your position on legalization?It is 95% legal now, with medical marijuana. In my career as a Trooper I never covered a fatal crash that involved just marijuana. I saw quite a few involving alcohol. I never arrested a guy for beating his wife on marijuana, but I did for alcohol. We can not allow everyone to grow and sell it. Just like alcohol regulate it and tax it. Use the money to treat substance abuse, "Narcotic pain killer addiction" and general fund. I have submitted a bill this fall regarding drug testing operators involved in all fatal motor vehicle crashes. Maine is the only state that does not currently. We need to know what are drivers are using. Also increase the number of police drug recognition technicians do detect drugged drivers.