Maine Senate District 18

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Name:

John Patrick

Email address

johnpat2000@hotmail.com

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Party affiliation

Democrat

Legislative chamber

Maine Senate

Legislative district

18

Occupation or primary source of income

Maintenance worker

Community organizations

SAM, Webb River Valley Sportsman’s Club, Maine Snowmobile Association, Rumford Polar Bears Snowmobile Club, Fraternal Order of Eagles and a member of St. Athanasius and St. John’s Church/Parish of the Holy Savior.

Personal information (hobbies, activities etc.)

Fishing, gardening and volunteering.

Family status

Married

Years in Legislature

12

Are you a Clean Election candidate?

Yes

Committee assignments you want

Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development; Veterans and Legal Affairs.

Would you support expanding the state’s Medicaid program, MaineCare? Why or why not?

Yes, because I believe there is more benefit to Maine citizens and hospitals expanding MaineCare to 70,000 people. Our economy is missing out on hundreds of millions of dollars and an estimated 4,000 jobs for years to come. Health care is one of the biggest drags on our entire economy.

Should Maine follow the city of Portland’s lead and legalize the possession of limited amounts of marijuana for adults over the age of 21? Why or why not?

At this time I believe we need more information in order allow it statewide. We will be able to see how it works in Maine’s largest city over the next year or two.

Should the state of Maine continue to provide incentives for businesses and homeowners to convert or diversify energy sources to those considered renewable, like solar, wind and geothermal?

We should continue it for another year or two and also expand the incentives to homeowners to upgrade their boilers, windows, insulation and major appliances.

Maine’s minimum wage is $7.50 an hour. As a state lawmaker would you support increasing that minimum wage? If so, what should Maine’s minimum wage be?

I would increase the minimum wage between $8.50 and $10.

What issue is the most important to voters in your legislative district?

There is a lack of confidence in their federal government and, to a lesser degree, their state government, as well as jobs, jobs, jobs.

What about you makes you the man or woman for the job?

Honesty, integrity experience. I have visited over 50,000 doors in the last 16 years and I have always believed that the knowledge gained talking with voters is my biggest asset

Describe yourself in a “Tweet”

I have never tweeted.

Republican candidate Joseph Martin of Rumford did not respond to the Sun Journal’s questionnaire.

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