Jennifer DeChant, DemocratFacebook Twitter
Office Sought: Representative - District 52
Occupation: Executive Director of Chocolate Church Arts Center
Heidelberg College, B.S. in Communications and in English
Franklin University, Masters of Business Administraton
Two sons age 6 and age 10
Why are you running for office? I am seeking re-election because I want to be part of moving Maine forward in a positive way. My background in economic development has trained me to seek solutions and reduce barriers. My commitment to community service is strong and I welcome the opportunity to represent the City of Bath in the legislature to address statewide issues that are important to all of us. And, I pursue public office because I have two young sons so issues around education, environment and future economic growth in Maine are significant to me. Maine is a great place to live and raise a family. We must develop policy strategies that are sustainable and innovative.
I have served first term as State Representative.
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 continue to support access to healthcare. People should not face financial ruin because of medical bills. Plus there are economic benefits to expanding Medicaid such as federal reimbursement, cost savings and jobs.
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?There are many aspects to public assistance programs that does not warrant a blanket Yes or No. These programs are designed to serve as a safety net for families or people in need. There must be continuous review and improvement. Last legislative session, the current law that prohibits electronic benefit transfer card transactions at certain locations, including liquor stores and casinos was expanded to include smoke shops. The existing public assistance programs are not “too generous” as long as they are managed efficiently and directed solely at the population the programs were designed to assist.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Yes
By how much?The amount will have to be discussed and a compromise reached.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?Other
Please explain your position on legalization?This issue should be decided by citizen voters. If it the will of the voters then it should be taxed and regulated. Revenues should be spent on legislative priorities.