Ben Chipman, Independenthttp://www.VoteChipman.comFacebook Twitter
Office Sought: Representative - District 40
Occupation: Community Organizer
Mt. Ararat High School, graduated 1993
University of Maine at Orono, graduated 1997
Why are you running for office? I am running for re-election to a third term because I have been incredibly effective in passing legislation I introduced, assisting constituents, and getting changes made to the state budget to benefit the district I represent. I would like to continue to advocate for issues and priorities important to the residents of Portland.
State Representative 2010 - present; Portland Charter Commission 2009 - 2010
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
We are at an economic disadvantage if we do not accept this federal funding. Approx. 4,000 new jobs could be created throughout Maine and 70,000 uninsured residents could have health care coverage if we accept the funding being offered to our state by the federal government.
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?If we had more quality jobs with good wages and benefits we would not have as many people needing assistance.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Yes
By how much?The minimum wage has not kept pace with inflation and the rising cost of rent and other living expenses. We should raise the minimum wage and index it to inflation going forward.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?Yes
Please explain your position on legalization?We have a lot of pressing issues that need to be addressed. I support legalization because I believe a majority of the voters in my district support it however this issue is not a top priority for me.