Mark Andre

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Mark Andre
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Candidate for
Maine House of Representatives, District 110
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
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ProfessionBusiness owner
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Mark Andre is a 2014 Republican candidate for District 110 of the Maine House of Representatives.[1]

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Andre's website highlights the following campaign themes:

JOBS & THE ECONOMY

As a small business person, I understand the challenges facing our job creators today. The best thing government can do for small business, is to simply get out of the way. I am committed to working across the aisle to concentrate on streamlining regulations, and reducing red tape for Maine’s small businesses.

In addition, we must lower the cost of doing business here in Maine. I support lowering taxes for hardworking Maine families, as well as for our job creators. I also believe we must reduce our electricity and overall energy costs in order to improve Maine’s economy. If we can work together to reduce red tape, lower taxes and the high price of energy, we can give our businesses more opportunities to expand, hire more people, and provide better wages for Mainers.

REDUCING ENERGY COSTS

I hear over and over again that electricity and energy prices are simply too high. In order for Maine families to prosper, we simply must reduce our energy costs. Gasoline is approaching $4.00 a gallon, and heating oil is becoming unaffordable. It is becoming increasingly more difficult for Maine families to buy groceries, heat their homes and pay for the most basic necessities of life.

In order to revitalize Maine’s economy we must reduce the cost of living for Maine families and production costs for Maine businesses. We need to focus on securing “inexpensive” rather than expensive “alternative” energy products for Maine families and businesses. I believe we must work to improve the access to natural gas, both for Maine businesses and hardworking Maine families. I also believe it is critical that we work to preserve and improve Maine’s tradition of inexpensive hydropower resources. We must also work toward the elimination of ethanol as a mandated fuel additive to lower both food and energy prices. It is critical that we work together to make lowering our energy costs a priority.

FREEDOM TO MAKE YOUR OWN DECISIONS

I believe that government’s role is to protect the Constitution of the United States of America, and the State of Maine. I don’t believe that government should be involved in making decisions for us as individuals. As government grows, this seems to happen more and more. As States all over the country contemplate excise taxes for fast food, soda and a host of other products, I feel it is imperative that we elect local representatives that understand the American concept of Freedom.

I believe that individuals should have the right to make their own choices. Government should not use taxation as a means to influence individuals and the way we choose to live our lives. It is important that we work to reduce the taxes placed on Maine families overall. We have a responsibility to protect our children’s future, and elect candidates who are committed to leaving Maine a free state for our children to grow up and raise their families.

HEALTHCARE

I know the challenges of the high cost of healthcare. I am the parent of a handicapped child, and understand how frustrating and expensive it can be to provide care for my daughter. There are challenges in Maine’s private insurance industry, however, I do believe we can work together to fix these.

We must increase health insurance options for hardworking Maine families. I believe we should increase competition, and allow Maine families to buy insurance across state lines. I also believe we can work to simplify administrative and billing processes to reduce health care costs. Medical liability reform targeted at reducing the amount of “preventative testing”, that has become the norm in the medical field, is also a key component in driving down costs.

PROTECTING MAINE’S SAFETY NET

Mainers are extremely compassionate people, and I would not have it any other way. As the parent of a handicapped child, I know how important home care and other services are to families that need them. I believe it is our responsibility to maintain a quality safety net for those Maine people who are in need. I have heard all too often to struggles of various Maine families in this tough economy.

We also have a responsibility to ensure that every dollar spent in Maine’s welfare system is spent wisely. We must work to reduce the waste, fraud and abuse. It is critical that Maine’s welfare system is in line with the national average while also ensuring a quality safety net for those in need. Also important is reducing the cost of energy and food prices. Making life affordable for hard working Maine families reduces pressure for energy and food subsidies and will help preserve our safety net for those in need.

EDUCATION

I have complete faith in the ability of our local School Boards, Teachers and Administrators to educate my children. After a decade of No Child Left Behind, I believe the system of national testing provided under the Act has proven itself a failure. Teachers and Children alike should have the Freedom to choose their own educational paths to success. I find it ironic that, as we continue down the path of nationalized education, our national officials continue to place the blame of failing schools on our local Teachers and Administrators. Under a system of free education, our Children should be free to be educated in their own unique individual talents, whether that be a trade or music or science. When National officials continue to view education in terms of societies need for more math or science majors rather than a Students need to receive the education they need to pursue their own unique dreams, Students loose interest and that is being reflected in our schools.[2][3]

Elections

2014

See also: Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Maine House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 10, 2014, and a general election will take place 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. The deadline for write-in candidates to run in the general election was September 22, 2014. District 76 incumbent Henry Beck was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Mark Andre was unopposed in the Republican primary. Beck faces Andre in the general election.[4][5]

2012

See also: Maine House of Representatives elections, 2012

Andre ran in the 2012 election for Maine House of Representatives District 76. Andre replaced the winner of the Republican primary, Robert Patterson, who withdrew after the primary election. He was defeated by incumbent Henry Beck (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6]

Maine House of Representatives, District 76, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngHenry Beck Incumbent 64.5% 2,304
     Republican Mark Andre 35.5% 1,268
Total Votes 3,572

Endorsements

2014

In 2014, Andre's endorsements include U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe (R).[7]

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