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Maureen Yates: Candidate Profile

6th District U.S. Representative (Democrat)

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  • Maureen Yates, running for 6th District U.S. Representative

    Maureen Yates, running for 6th District U.S. Representative




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City: Barrington


Office sought: 6th District U.S. Representative

Age: 75

Family: Married, 3children, 2stepchildren, 5grandchildren, 5step-grandchildren

Occupation: Retired. Paralegal in Connecticut, Floral designer / Wedding planner. On board of not for profit for 12 years, 4 of which as President. Home for the Elderly at Brookfield, Illinois. Member of this organization for 29 years. Election judge for 8 years.

Education: English Grammar School; passed University entrance in 7 subjects. B.A. English from London University, through the Workers' Education Society.

Civic involvement: Election Judge 8 years. Field & Flower Garden Club 10years Green Thumbs 8 years. Various improvements in Barrington. Belonged to BAC for 4-5 years until it closed.

Elected offices held: President of the Home for the Elderly was an elected office; also member of the Board. Other political work was behind the scenes; in Connecticut with Democratic Party there and 7years with the Melissa Bean campaign. Started with volunteer then was on the advisory committee with fund raising and election work.

Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: NO

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Women's rights; Jobs; the Economy;

stop the wars; Protecting the elderly from having their Social Security and Medicare / Medicaid taken away from them, or reduced. Government day care for all financial levels. This cannot just be one item

Key Issue 2


Key Issue 3

Fighting crime

Questions & Answers

What would you do to help ease partisan gridlock? Are you willing to compromise on sticking points including spending cuts and taxes to produce results' How can Congress move from being a "crisis-driven" institution?

How can you negotiate with a party that refuses to negotiate in any way.

Congress will move forward if the Democrats have a majority in the house and we can overcome the fillibuster;

so it is a 60 majority or this country will destroy itself.

Should tax breaks be extended? Why or why not? If so, for whom? What should Congress do to improve unemployment? Why do you support or oppose President Obama's jobs plan? What cuts or revenue increases do you support for deficit reduction?

No extension of tax breaks for the 1%.

Tax breaks (payroll and other) for the middle class.

This will inflate the economy and provide jobs and prosperity.

Support President Obama's jobs plan as it is a really good start;

then revise in accordance with the current situation.

Cut both the wars;

that would be a big deficit reduction.

What steps should the country now be taking in the war on terrorism? What policy should the U.S. have toward Iran and North Korea? What is your view of terrorism policies that pit public safety against civil liberty?

Change the army/marines to be small teams (team 6)to fight terrorism with terrorist units. Build into these units all the support systems currently used. Policies which harm civil liberty should be changed and curtailed whilst making covert activities more active.

Iran - these are idle threats as Akmadinejad has opposition and will not go beyond certain parameters. Kim Jong Un is dangerous, but hopefully there will be level-headed advisers who will keep him in check.

The power of the United States should not be underestimated.

How should Medicare and Medicaid be changed overall to fix fund gaps' How should Medicare be changed for those currently enrolled? How should it change for the Baby Boomer generation?

Give them the right to negotiate drug prices the same way as the Veterans' Affairs department. An investigative committee to be formed to look into efficiency and ways to save funds.

Do not change the current rules.

For the influx of retirees, give them the option to stay working for at least 2 years;

this would bring in revenue.

What is your position on concealed carry gun laws' How do you believe marriage should be defined legally? What is your position on abortion? What, if any, abortion exceptions do you support? Should abortion clinics receive government funding?

No concealed carry - not in any case.

Marriage to be defined legally as between 2 persons who love each other and want to be committed to each other. Abortion is horrible and, as a woman, I hate it, but it is not something requiring unending legislation from Washington. It is between a woman and her doctor and nobody else.

Exceptions are irrelevant with my views.

Yes, for women in poverty, abortion clinics should receive government funding.