David C Woodsome, Republicanhttp://www.woodsomeformaine.com/Facebook
Office Sought: Senator - District 33
Occupation: Retired Teacher
University of Maine, Orono 1965 - 1969, BS in Education
I’m blessed to have two beautiful adult daughters, Meaghan and Kate, both successful professionals, and a loving and supportive companion, Gail Brooks, in my life.
Hometown: North Waterboro
Why are you running for office? I retired this year after 35 years in teaching to focus on the challenges our great state faces, including gridlock in Augusta, out of control spending, a high tax burden and not enough good jobs. I believe strongly in personal responsibility, common-sense solutions and the Maine way of life. We need leaders in the state Senate who will set aside partisanship and WORK to come together to find real solutions. I will work tirelessly to make Maine a state of opportunity for all its hardworking families and businesses.
Waterboro Selectman : 2010 - 2011, 2011 - 2014; Waterboro Selectman, current chair: 2014 - (2017)
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?No
I feel the criteria to qualify for Medicaid is too broad and includes too many people who are capable of working and finding coverage elsewhere. However, if we can set better parameters to include individuals who are truly in need, I would support expanding Medicaid coverage through the Affordable Care Act. This is an important issues and it needs to be addressed in the next legislative session as there are Mainers who really do need this expansion.
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?It's not a matter of being generous, it's a matter of what money do we have available for social services and are we serving the most needy? All social services and programs need to be reevaluated. We need to look at how we qualify people for these benefits to ensure that those in greatest need are being helped. And, we need to encourage those who can work to do so in order for us to help those who truly need it.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Yes
By how much?
Would you support legalization of marijuana?No
Please explain your position on legalization?I’m on the fence and still weighing the consequences of legalization. A part of me says no, marijuana doesn’t have any social value and shouldn’t be legalized. In reality though, after 35 years in education, I understand pot is everywhere. It’s already in our culture. Heck, I had students that smoked with their parents, and I don’t know how you legislate common sense. So I would be willing to look at the possibilities and consequences of legalizing marijuana, but I do have grave concerns about pot becoming even more available to young people. And while I appreciate the possible economic benefits, I fear they would come at too high a social cost.