John M Nuttall, RepublicanFacebook
Office Sought: Representative - District 122
Occupation: Law Enforcment
U-Maine Orono Graduated 2011, Bachelors in Economics;
Kaplan University Graduated 2012, Masters in Public Administration
I have been married since 1999 and have three children, ages 12, 10, and 8.
Hometown: Old Town
Why are you running for office? I want to be part of finding solutions for the many problems that our state faces. I decided a few years ago to become part of solving the problems in my community. Representing the city of Old Town and Indian Island would be a great honor and an awesome responsibility. The state needs to focus on lowering the costs of energy in the state. From electricity, to natural gas there are ways that we can improve in these areas. We have to do it if we are to remain competative and attractive to small and large business. The state needs to get on the track to fulfilling the 55% mandate in funding schools. Over time this can and has to be accomplished. Our children our our future and need to be a top priority at the state level.
I have served as a city Councilor in Old Town from 2012 to the present. I am curretly the Chair of the Economic Development Committe
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?Other
I have heard lots of debate on this issue. Both sides have strong opinions on what we should do. The numbers being thrown around about the states cost of the expanionsion are not affordable. If we could find the way the pay for the expansion I would vote yes. As it stands now I would note no.
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?We are too generous in some areas and not generous enough in others. It is our duty, honor nd responsibility to protect the most vulnerable people of Maine. We must do this. We have to work to reform our welfare system so it is used as tool to help working people get on their feet and on the path to independance. Properly done we can provide increased support to those who need it the most.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Other
Please explain your position on the minimum wage.I believe that we should raise the state minumum wage over a five year period to the nine dollar an hour mark. Raising it in one year would be difficult for small buisness in Maine.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?Other
Please explain your position on legalization?I am a firm believer that people should be free to do as they want with their body. I am in support of medical Marijuana. Like alcohol and cigarettes marijuana could be a large revenue source for the state of Maine. I feel that the effects of Marijuana need to be properly studied by the FDA. Until they are, its uses should be limited to medical prescription only uses. Once we understand its impacts on the body then an informed descision can be made to ensure it is properly regulated, labled, and taxed with the knowledge of the dangers an benefits of its uses.