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|Former candidate for|
|Maine State Senate, District 18|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|Term limits||4 terms (8 years)|
|High school||Mexico High School, 1972|
Martin's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
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.
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.
As Ronald Reagan reminded us, “Government is not the solution to our problems; government is the problem.”
DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION AND THE 2ND AMEMDMENT
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
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
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.
- 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.
|Maine State Senate District 18, General Election, 2014|
|Democratic||John Patrick Incumbent||51.6%||9,136|
In 2014, Martin's endorsements include:
- Senate Minority Leader Michael Thibodeau (R)
- Oxford County Republican Chairman Timothy Turner (R)
- Maine Republican Party Chairman Richard Bennet
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- Bureau of Corporations, Elections & Commissions," "List of Post-Primary Candidate Withdrawals," July 11, 2014
- Joe Martin, "Platform," accessed October 3, 2014
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- Bureau of Corporations, Elections & Commissions, "List of Primary Candidates," accessed May 8, 2014
- Bureau of Corporations, Elections & Commissions, "List of Non-Party Candidates," accessed June 2, 2014
- Bureau of Corporations, Elections & Commissions, "Primary Election - June 10, 2014," accessed December 5, 2014
- Bureau of Corporations, Elections & Commissions, "General Election - November 4, 2014," accessed December 5, 2014
- Joe Martin, "Endorsements," accessed October 3, 2014