Springfield teacher Frederick Mayock running for 1st District Congressional seat


For the Gazette
Published: 10/31/2016 11:16:39 PM

Springfield teacher Frederick Mayock is seeking his first elected political office as an independent candidate for the 1st Congressional District seat being held by longtime Democratic incumbent Richard Neal of Springfield.

In a three-way race that also includes Libertarian Thomas Simmons, Mayock is a 40-year-old candidate who hopes to represent the congressional district that includes Chesterfield, Cummington, Easthampton, Goshen, Granby, Huntington, Middlefield, Plainfield, South Hadley, Southampton, Westhampton, Williamsburg, and Worthington in Hampshire County.

A 1999 University of Massachusetts economics graduate who worked as a real-estate appraiser before teaching at a high school in Chelsea and then in group homes for abused and neglected teenagers in the Springfield area, Mayock says he opposes raising the minimum wage, the Affordable Care Act, gambling casinos and development of high-speed rail as being “bad for the consumer.”

The Longmeadow native’s campaign slogan is “Making capitalism work for the middle-class and the working poor,” and his website says, “I work in group homes for abused and neglected teenagers in the Greater Springfield area. I observed how hard my co-workers work long hours (for) low pay. In fact, I see this everywhere, except amongst the upper-class. What happened to the American Dream? What happened to the idea that if you work hard and play by the rules, your financial life will improve?

Mayock, who also filed with the Federal Elections Commission to challenge Neal in the 2014 election but did not run, argues against raising the minimum wage by writing on his website, “I find out that most people amongst the working poor are against raising the minimum wage. (They) realize that prices will rise as input costs go up. The odds of getting laid-off go up because your position might be cut out of the budget. Hiring an illegal worker becomes more attractive. Working two part-time jobs without benefits at $15.00 per hour does not really qualify as living the American Dream.”

He also opposes new markets tax credits favored by Neal: “Trickle-down economics,” which he calls “a failure” as well as “an ethics violation by Richard Neal.”

The credits, which he says are being used to help build casinos — such as roughly $4 million for MGM Detroit — are “given to the wealthy real estate developers and wealthy investors. The New Markets Tax Credit has been used to fund the construction and renovation of luxury hotels.”

Democrats like Neal, who voted in 2015 to extend the tax credit for five more years, “should not be engaging in trickle-down economics. At least Republicans openly state that they are in favor of trickle-down economics.”

He added, “I have seen Richard Neal give speeches in Congress … complaining about the massive tax breaks for the wealthy since 2005. I could not articulate these speeches better myself, and I wholeheartedly agreed. Then Mr. Neal teams-up with two Republicans and extends a bill (the New Markets Tax Credit) that robs the middle class and working poor tax payer and hands the money directly to the wealthy via a tax credit. If that is not an ethics violation, then what is?”

Mayock calls casinos “a drag on the economy” and “economic vacuum cleaners” that help increase crime and lower property values.

“Casinos are not economic generators. … (and) are never associated with positive results for the middle-class and the working poor.” They also don’t help nearby businesses realize positive economic impacts, he said.

Mayock also opposes the Affordable Care Act, arguing, “I am in favor of competition amongst companies in the free market. The Affordable Care Act has the opposite effect. ACA is causing large health insurance companies to merge, and fewer health insurance companies to exist. This lack of competition is always bad for the consumer.”

He adds, “It is not a transfer from the 1 percent to the 99 percent; it is a transfer from the guy making $70 grand a year to the unemployed person. It’s not the kind of wealth transfer that we need.”

Mayock favors term limits of two six-year terms for senators and six two-year terms for members of Congress.

Mayock calls for reform of the tax code, with the first $40,000 of earnings not subject to payroll tax or income tax, and he would like to see the return of the Banking Act of 1933, known as the Glass-Steagall Act, which limited and separated the activities of banks, insurance and investments.

He says, “The time is now ripe for non-politicians to lock horns with Established Democrats and Established Republicans. Running for Congress is an entrepreneurial activity. Running for Congress is my attempt to help play a role in fixing a broken system that will only change when incumbents are forced to help the middle-class and the working poor or else lose the election.”

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