2014 maine elections
Voters Guide
2014 maine elections
Voters Guide
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Matthea E Daughtry, Democrat

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Office Sought: Representative - District 49

Age: 27

Occupation: Photographer

Education:

Brunswick High School - Graduated in 2005

Smith College - Graduated in 2009 with a Bachelors Degree

Family:

Not married and no children.

Hometown: Brunswick

Why are you running for office? It has been an honor to represent my hometown in Augusta for the past two years. I've worked to fully fund our schools, create jobs, make college affordable and accessible, cut government waste, expand healthcare access, and protect our environment. I have proven myself to be a strong leader for Brunswick who is not afraid to tack tough issues and use common sense to get the job done! I'm running for re-election because there is still so much to do to move Maine and Brunswick forward. We need to reinvigorate our economy, invest in our infrastructure, have meaningful tax reform, and diversify our energy portfolio to bring down energy prices. Our state has incredible potential but we need to have a long term strategy that ensures that every Mainer has the same chance at achieving the American Dream. We prosper when our schools teach to every child and every child graduates and can attend college without spiraling in to debt. Our state will be stronger if every family has a job that pays quality wages, can afford health insurance, has access to affordable energy sources, and lives in a clean and healthy environment.

Poltical Experience:

The 126th Legislature: 2012 - 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

We should take every step possible that gets us closer to universally affordable health care. We have an excellent opportunity to expand our coverage here in Maine and to add thousands of jobs and boost our economy at the same time and we should take advantage of it.

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?These programs exist for a real reason. Struggling families need temporary assistance until they can get back on their feet. The best thing we can do to lower our spending on public assistance is encourage the creation of better job opportunities for Maine's working poor in order to help them break the cycle of poverty. And we need to make sure that we continue to prosecute fraud and encourage people to report fraud when they witness it.

Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Yes

By how much?The average Mainer making the current minimum wage will only earn around $15,600 a year, which is not a “livable wage”. Increasing the minimum wage would shift our financial outlook and make Mainers more prosperous. Increasing the minimum wage to a livable wage would help a family break the cycle of poverty and move into the middle class. Fair pay is also a gender issue, as two thirds of minimum wage earners are women, and women are more likely to be supporting their children and families with their jobs than men in this marketplace. I would like to see the minimum wage raised to at least $10 an hour and then adjusted in the future to keep pace with the cost of living and inflation. We need to make sure we raise it in a careful manner that helps Mainers but also doesn't put business in jeopardy.

Would you support legalization of marijuana?Other

Please explain your position on legalization?I have not made up my mind on this complex matter and I would love to hear what my constituents think to help me decide on this important issue. I think we should look to the examples of other states that have enacted legislation before we decide.