Education issues emphasized in House District 45 primary

June 2

Joe Kumiszcza and Mike Timmons are competing to be their party’s claimant for a chair representing Cumberland and partial of Gray.

By Kelley Bouchard
Staff Writer

Education is a executive emanate for both Joe Kumiszcza and Mike Timmons, Cumberland residents who will go conduct to conduct in a House District 45 Republican primary on Jun 10.

Meet a candidates: House District 45 primary

Joe Kumiszcza

Party: Republican
Age: 58
Address: 3 Middle Road, Cumberland
Personal: Married
Occupation: President, Online Associates; principal, TechMaine
Education: Bachelor’s degree, business administration, University of Southern Maine
Political/civic experience: Vice president, Cumberland-North Yarmouth Lions Club; former member, Maine Jobs Council; steering cabinet member, Blaine House Conference on Maine’s Creative Economy, 2004
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Mike Timmons

Party: Republican
Age: 71
Address: 140 Bruce Hill Road, Cumberland
Personal: Married, one child, one grandchild
Occupation: President, Cumberland Fair; late teacher, principal and district administrator, Windham open schools
Education: Master’s degree, propagandize administration and special education, University of Southern Maine
Political/civic experience: Member, Maine Harness Racing Commission; former Windham city councilor, 5 years, chairman, one year.
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The leader will face Democrat Dale Denno, also of Cumberland, in a Nov. 4 ubiquitous choosing to paint Cumberland and partial of Gray.

Kumiszcza, 58, pronounced he would work to urge open preparation since “it’s one thing a state can do better.”

He would introduce legislation that would need public-assistance recipients to get a ubiquitous educational growth diploma if they haven’t graduated from high school. He remarkable that 47 percent of adult gratification recipients haven’t graduated from high school, according to ProLiteracy America. He also remarkable a association between preparation and improved health.

“If folks are going to be on open assistance, we’ve got to find a proceed to get them a GED,” Kumiszcza said. “It’s time to give a palm up, not a handout.”

The GED requirement would need a sovereign waiver, Kumiszcza said, though it would make gratification recipients some-more employable and presumably assistance Maine equivocate a $7 million chastisement for low work-participation rates underneath a Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. It also would assistance residence workman shortages for entry-level health caring and long-term caring jobs, he said.

“I’d most rather spend that income on assisting Maine residents pierce brazen than send that income to Washington, D.C.,” he said.

A Web-related business owner, Kumiszcza was named a New England high-tech all-star by Mass High Tech in 2004. The same year, he served on a steering cabinet for a Blaine House Conference on Maine’s Creative Economy, allocated by Democratic Gov. John Baldacci.

Kumiszcza pronounced he would move state labor, education, and health and tellurian services officials together with business leaders to rise acceptance programs that would assistance accommodate Maine’s workforce needs. He also would inspire businesses to compensate a rival salary required to attract and keep prepared workers here.

Kumiszcza would pull for an eccentric review of all University of Maine System activities in an bid to consider educational programs, boost connoisseur success and urge resource-and-development programs.

Timmons, 71, is a late teacher, principal and district director who worked in Windham open schools for 38 years. He hopes to offer on a Legislature’s Education and Cultural Affairs Committee if he wins a House District 45 seat, as good as a cultivation and ethics committees.

In further to operative with propagandize and city officials via his career, Timmons gained domestic knowledge portion on a Windham Town Council for 5 years in a early 1990s, including authority for one year. Now he’s boss of a Cumberland Fair and a member of a Maine Harness Racing Commission, allocated by Republican Gov. Paul LePage.

“In a final year, I’ve had a event to be in Augusta a lot and I’ve seen how it works,” Timmons said, adding that he saw too most gridlock and negativity during a State House. “With my background, we consider we can make a certain difference. we don’t work from a negative.”

Timmons was named Maine High School Principal of a Year in 1989, Lions Person of a Year in 2006 and Maine Agriculture Person of a Year in 2012.

Timmons pronounced he would “work opposite a aisle” to urge Maine’s economy, health caring programs and educational system, generally to foster improved bargain of a Common Core educational standards. He opposes taxation hikes, augmenting a smallest salary and a Affordable Care Act.

“A lot of people feel there’s too most supervision involvement in a lives,” Timmons said. “I don’t like Obamacare and how that all came down. I’m in preference of assisting people in need, expelling rascal and injustice and handling increases in a gratification rolls.”

Timmons pronounced he tends to take a common-sense proceed to problem-solving.

“That means doing your investigate and bargain issues before creation decisions,” he said.

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