Drew Gattine, DemocratFacebook Twitter
Office Sought: Representative - District 34
Occupation: Health Care Project Manager
Colgate University, BA 1983, Columbia University School of Law, JD 1987
Married, two children (18)
Why are you running for office? Over the past two years it has been my privilege to be a strong voice for Westbrook in Augusta. Maine people work hard and are asked to contribute a lot. They deserve a government that is accountable, transparent and responsive to their needs. I’ve asked the tough questions on the issues that are important to the people of Westbrook – education, health care, services for our seniors. I’ve fought against policies that would raise taxes on working families and our elder neighbors while pushing for reforms that are long overdue. Serving Westbrook is my passion and I my desire to return to Augusta is driven by my desire to support my community.
Westbrook City Council 2004-2010; Westbrook Charter Commission (Chair) 2010-2012; State representative 2012-2014
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 support expanding access to health care because it keeps Mainers healthy, allows them to keep working and benefits our economy. The opportunity to accept full federal funding to insure low income Mainers is too important to pass up.
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?Reforms to welfare should be focused on making them more effective moving people out of poverty and into the workforce. I support common sense reforms such as the Ticket to Work bill the legislature passed in this past session.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Yes
By how much?I think we need to focus our economy on building sustainable opportunities for people to work their way into the middle class. The current minimum wage is too low and isn't enough for people to live off of.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?No
Please explain your position on legalization?I think we need to proceed very cautiously in this area and should not legalize until we better understand the health effects. I do agree that we should not spend resources incarcerating people for recreational marijuana use.