Jeffrey P Evangelos, Unenrolledhttp://www.facebook.com/jeffrey evangelosFacebook Twitter
Office Sought: Representative - District 91
Occupation: State Legislator, self sufficient farmer, self employed businessman
After graduating high school I attended 2 universities. I graduated from Brockport State University in 1973 with 2 Bachelor Degrees, one in Economics and one in History, both with honors. I then attended the University of Maine at Orono and earned a Master's Degree in American History in December, 1974.
I live with my spouse Harolyn York in Friendship. Between us we have 4 children and 2 grandchildren, with a 3rd expected October 10th!
Why are you running for office? As my career and history of community service demonstrates, I have always been interested in public service. I enjoy helping people, it is very rewarding. Maine people have always been good to me and serving in the Legislature allows me to reciprocate. I have two rules that underscore my belief in serving in a public office, do the best possible job in representing my constituent's interests, and always vote my conscience. It is a good recipe for success.
I currently serve in the Maine House of Representatives. I was elected in 2012. I have also served my communities as a Town Manager, School Administrator, and Municipal Assessor and municipal volunteer, spanning the years 1974 to present.
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 co-sponsored the Medicaid Expansion bill and testified in support at the committee hearing. We also had a compromise bill in 2014 to deal with this issue. The federal government through the Affordable Care Act agreed to fund 100 percent of the cost for the first three years. Many people doubted the plan would work, so we laid out a compromise that would set the plan in motion for just three years. If the proposal turned into a financial failure, Maine could opt out at the end of three years at no cost to the state. The obstructionists blocked this compromise. Even the most ardent Tea Party conservative governor in the country, Jan Brewer of Arizona, accepted the health care expansion plan for the uninsured in her state. Meanwhile, in Maine, these uninsured people are pouring into hospitals and emergency rooms, unable to pay, once again raising the cost of health care for the rest of us and causing the recently solved problem of hospital debt to emerge once again. By the way, the Maine Hospital Association had endorsed these plans to expand health care coverage in Maine because they would save money.
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?Yes
What, if anything, would you change about welfare?I supported the bill that required able-bodied people to seek employment and go to work
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Yes
By how much?Yes, I support it. The last time the minimum wage was raised was in 2008. It has been stuck at $7.50 an hour, a starvation wage, for six years. Recently the Gap Stores raised the pay of their workers to between $9 and $10 an hour. And Wal-Mart recently admitted in a company memo that store sales are too slow and largely blamed the shortfall on low wage workers having no money to spend. Wal-Mart and McDonalds said they are also looking at improving wages. Six years with no raise while the bankers in New York get raises and bonuses each year. That is a disgrace. In 2013, I was the mandatory co-sponsor of the bill to raise the minimum wage to $8.50 an hour. Governor LePage vetoed this bill and the Republicans voted to uphold this indefensible veto.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?Other
Please explain your position on legalization?It's a complicated issue. If it's done the right way and would generate revenue to help our schools, I'd be inclined to support it. We're wasting too many law enforcement dollars on this issue. We now have the advantage of observing the Colorado experiment. Let's learn from their experience and see what works best for Maine. I'd be opposed to allowing the tobacco companies to control this industry. If we move in this direction of legalization, let's make sure it benefits Maine's local economy.