James Davitt, Democrat
Office Sought: Representative - District 101
Occupation: Associate Professor, Univ. of Maine at Augusta
Georgetown University, College of Arts and Sciences, Bachelor of Arts, 1964
Georgetown University Law Center, Juris Doctorum, 1967
I am married to Mary Louis Davitt, second marriage for both of us, and we have four children, all adults, all working on their own,
Why are you running for office? To offer a clear choice to voters on the key issues in the race: education, health care, and job creation. Properly funded education is the key to growing Maine's economy, and we can properly fund it only if the state provides its mandated share of education costs. Health care should be a right for all. As a cancer survivor I know the value of good insurance; all Mainers should have the same support. Job creation does not come from the "job-providers" but comes from having a well educated, well trained labor force who then become the reason to start or expand businesses in Maine.
This is my first run at state 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
This should be a simple issue. Universal health care means a healthier and more productive society. As a cancer survivor I believe every person should have access to the kind of care I received.
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?Provide more case workers to mange the caseload.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Yes
By how much?To at least $10.50
Would you support legalization of marijuana?Yes
Please explain your position on legalization?Marijuana control began in California over a hundred years ago as a deliberate attack on Hispanic immigrants who used it. The ban serves no rational purpose. Legalization would allow control. As already proven in Oregon and Colorado, it results in greater tax revenue and few of the horrors predicted by conservatives.