Jonathan S Fulford, Democrathttp://www.fulfordforme.orgFacebook
Office Sought: Senator - District 11
Graduated from West Chester, Pennsylvania East High School in 1979
Married with four children and three grand children, two more on the way.
Why are you running for office? I am running for the Maine Senate because I have grandchildren. I am committed to them and all of our futures. I want to be part of finding and implementing solutions to the many challenges that we face as a society, from climate change and ocean acidification, income and wealth disparity, corporate and big money having too much influence in politics, to the loss of farms and farmland and many other issues as well. I am not satisfied with the direction we have been going in many of these areas and now is the time to correct that.
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
Expanding MaineCare will save the state money, improve the health of 70,000 Mainers- including 3,000 veterans - provide jobs, and stimulate the economy. Maine is one of the few states that has refused to expand. Many other Republicans governors who opposed the Affordable Care Act have reconsidered and are now signing on for Medicaid expansion because it is clearly good for their states.
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?As a society, we have a responsibility to care for those who are less fortunate. We all have neighbors who, through no fault of their own, are in real need. We must carefully target our state programs to best support people’s immediate needs and help them transition to self-sufficiency whenever possible. We need to find more creative solutions for those who need longer term care such as the elderly and disabled. A stronger, more robust home health care system will both save the state money and provide a much better quality of life. Finally, we must work to eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse wherever it exists.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Yes
By how much?I support raising the state's minimum wage to at least $10.10 because it will help the economy and it will give many people a chance to get off welfare and have better lives.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?Yes
Please explain your position on legalization?Criminalization hasn’t reduced marijuana use. Jailing people for growing and selling it costs our state a lot of money.