Joseph Martin

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Joseph Martin
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Former candidate for
Maine State Senate, District 18
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Education
High schoolMexico High School, 1972
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Joseph E. Martin was a 2014 Republican candidate for District 18 of the Maine State Senate. He was selected to replace Gary Knight, who withdrew after the primary.[1]

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Campaign themes

2014

Martin's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

EDUCATION

I am firmly opposed to the "common core" educational system that the federal government is trying to dictate to our educators and communities. Our school systems need more local control, not less. The bigger anything becomes the less control the people paying the bills will have for control. Our schools need to get back to basic education with an eye toward focusing students towards their strengths. Not everyone needs to go to college, but everyone does need a vocation to work with.

HEALTHCARE
As a state we should want access for anyone that requires healthcare. The state should take care of orphans, physically and mentally challenged people as well as our older citizens. Letting all reputable insurance companies to bid for our business is the only sane way to go. The same kind of "high" risk pool that took care of people that couldn't take care of themselves years ago should be re-established.

Tort laws with an eye towards a maximum ceiling payout on different kinds of injuries are also a key part of reducing out healthcare cost. Any lawsuit declared frivolous by a judge should find the lawyer bringing the suit paying the other side’s legal fees.

EMPLOYMENT
Government doesn’t create wealth; it consumes wealth. The bigger the government, the greater the drag on the economy. Getting Western Maine people back to work will happen only when we roll back big government, and set businesses and entrepreneurs free to do what they do best: innovate and create wealth for themselves, their workers and their communities.

As Ronald Reagan reminded us, “Government is not the solution to our problems; government is the problem.”

DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION AND THE 2ND AMEMDMENT
What would you do if someone broke into your home and threatened your family in the dark of night? Would the police arrive in time? Chances are pretty good they would not.

The 2nd Amendment protects our individual rights to protect and defend our families and our ability to protect our liberties from all enemies be they foreign or domestic, including our own government. With the Second Amendment under assault like never before, we need more Maine State Senators who will not just be a vote, but an advocate. The truth is, lots of politicians support “gun rights” because it is politically expedient.

Our founders embraced the right to keep and bear arms as fundamental. They knew that for society made from and for free people, the right to bear arms was not just a personal right, but a political right, the last line of defense against a tyrannical government.

BORDERS AND IMMIGRATION
English should be the official language of our state.

Securing our nation’s borders is essential both to our territorial integrity and our national security. I am committed to doing what is necessary to ensure the rule of law is upheld, and that existing laws are enforced. But those within our borders who have broken the law to get here must not be rewarded with amnesty. The must be deported and not allowed to come back.

Being an American citizen is a high privilege that should be earned. A country can be no more exceptional than its ideals, and its people. Our freedom has come at too high a price to be entrusted to the guardianship of those who neither respect our laws, nor appreciate our culture and way of life. We need to stop admitting people that have no work and will be a drain on every taxpayer in the country.

Our country has been populated from the beginning by immigrants from every corner of the globe who have come asking for nothing more than a fresh start and a chance to carve out a better life for themselves. The freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution have afforded boundless opportunities for millions. But we must never lose sight of the fact that America is what it is by virtue of its unique character, forged in the fire of revolution, established on the foundation of immutable laws, and dedicated to the freedom of the individual.

Our Constitution is our law and not one person should be granted citizenship that would come here to change our laws or our way of life.

BUSINESS AND TAXES
Abolish Maine income tax, Death Tax, Inheritance Tax; list goes on.

Mainers should not have to wonder whether they can spend their own money better than the state can. Maine’s tax structure is long overdue for an overhaul. I believe that the state and federal government taking money from us before we ever see it is just wrong. Mainers can start their own business ventures if the money they make is left in their own pockets. Any job the government makes only costs us money and produces nothing.

I am in favor of a policy whereby every homeowner when they turn 65 would be free from paying further property taxes. Property taxes should not be a major part of what comes out of any retirement or pension plan. We need to let our seniors enjoy their retirement years without fear of losing what they have worked so hard to build and save.[2][3]

Elections

2014

See also: Maine State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Maine State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 10, 2014, and a general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for party candidates wishing to run in this election was March 17, 2014. The deadline for write-in candidates to run in the primary election was April 28, 2014, and the deadline for non-party candidates to run in the general election was June 2, 2014. District 14 incumbent John Patrick was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Gary Knight was unopposed in the Republican primary but withdrew afterwards; Joseph Martin was selected as his replacement. Patrick defeated Martin in the general election.[4][5][6][7]

Maine State Senate District 18, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Patrick Incumbent 51.6% 9,136
     Republican Joseph Martin 43.5% 7,714
     None Blank Votes 4.9% 866
Total Votes 17,716

Endorsements

In 2014, Martin's endorsements include:[8]

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