Andrew Reddy, Independent Green
Office Sought: Representative - District 33
University of New England 1988 Degree in Liberal Learning
University of Southern Maine 2009 Masters in Special Education
Married w/ four children ages 24, 23,11, 9. Three girls and a boy.
Hometown: South Portland
Why are you running for office? I saw this as an opportunity to share my experience campaigning with my students. I know that the more third party candidates there are on ballots throughout the state, the more traction parties like the MGIP can gain traction in the political arena. I hope to represent my constituents in district 33, serve one term, and vote my conscience while serving in Augusta.
First time running for office
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
I am in favor of Medicaid expansion. Health coverage is a right for all people in Maine. The federal and state government should play an active role in assuring that this happens.
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?No
What, if anything, would you change about welfare?I have always been in favor of public assistance programs. It is money well spent to help those in need. The debate over those who abuse the system is destructive to the purpose of helping those who are underprivileged and under resourced.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Yes
By how much?The middle class needs to be strengthened in order for there to be any economic recovery of substance. History has proven this during the New deal, the Great Society, and the Clinton years. People need to be earning a livable wage that encourages their active participation in a market that is scaffolded by a reduced income gap. I want the minimum wage to be raised to $15 per hour.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?Yes
Please explain your position on legalization?I support legalization because I have always felt that the marijuana laws are in place for those in power to subjugate a particular segment of the population based on race and socio-economic status. I support legalization that would encourage small businesses of growers to produce and distribute to small local markets and increase tax revenues at the state and local level.. I want the business kept out of the hands of corporate monoliths.