Adam Goode, Democrat
Office Sought: Representative - District 127
Occupation: Social Worker, Cross Country Coach, Legislator
Masters in Social Work, University of Maine, 2014
Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology & Philosophy, University of Maine, 2005
Bangor High School, 2001
Why are you running for office? Maine families deserve an economy that works for everyone. If re-elected, I will be a voice for the middle class and working families and will be focused on economic opportunity and good-paying jobs. In my career, I have met with thousands of Mainers in their homes, listened to their concerns and heard stories from families struggling to make it into the middle class. I believe government works better when it has leaders with a grassroots perspective and believe that experience is helpful in the Maine House of Representatives.
Member of the Maine House of Representatives, 2008 - Present House Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Taxation, 2012 - Present House Chair of the Tax Expenditure Review Tax Force, 2013 Member of the Joint Standing Committee on Insurance and Financial Services, 2008 - 2012 Member of the Joint Select Committee on Health Care Reform Implementation and Opportunities, 2010 Sponsored bills signed into law dealing with health care infections, synthetic cannabinoids, brain injuries in school children, and access to child care.
The federal health care law has offered to pay states to expand their Medicaid programs to provide health coverage to low income Mainers. Do you support Medicaid (or MaineCare) expansion?Yes
Every family deserves to have a family doctor. I will continue to support increasing access to life saving health care for 70,000 Mainers.
Reform of the state’s public assistance programs has been the focus of debates in the State House and on the campaign trail. Do you believe that the state’s welfare programs are too generous?Other
What, if anything, would you change about welfare?Our first priority should be closing backdoor tax loopholes that let the wealthy avoid paying their fair share. We should transition people out of poverty and in to long term employment. The best anti-poverty program is a job with good wages and benefits. Maine currently ranks among the worst in the country for job growth.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Yes
By how much?I believe every Mainer deserves economic opportunity and a good paying job. I have supported raising the minimum wage to $9.00 an hour by 2017. I plan to continue supporting similar proposals.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?Yes
Please explain your position on legalization?I do not believe Maine should legalize marijuana at this time. I am concerned about the public health implications of this policy change.