Nathan M Shea, Independent GreenFacebook
Office Sought: Representative - District 102
Occupation: Chidren's Social Worker
Bowdoin Central School, Bowdoin, Maine.
Mt. Ararat High School, Topsham, Maine.
University of Maine in Orono. I received a Bachelors of Arts in Journalism and a Bachelors of Science in Secondary Education with a History Minor.
I am married with a 2-year-old daughter, Emma.
Why are you running for office? I am running for Representative because I feel strongly that the citizens of Levant, Glenburn, and Kenduskeag and the citizens of this state deserve better than the status quo. The status quo is high rates of poverty and low wage jobs. It is politicians attacking people for not being able to make a living, instead of attacking the companies that do not pay nearly enough. The status quo allows college students to graduate with tens of thousands of dollars of debt. The status quo makes it so that people seeking medical attention in an emergency find themselves with medical bills that only a member of the 1% could pay off. I am against the status quo. I am for Universal, Single-Payer Healthcare that covers everyone for little to no cost to the individual. I am for a living wage of $15 an hour. If we really want to reduce welfare and get people back to work, we need to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour and tie future increases to the rate of inflation. The extra money going to the pocket of the workers will mean an increase in spending and will lead to more jobs. I am in favor of college loan forgiveness and free tuition for all Maine residents who wish to attend a state university, community, or technical college. What a great way to stimulate the economy and allow people the choice to further their careers without facing tremendous debt. I am also in favor of legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes for adults and for farmers to grow as a crop (hemp).
I have served as the Chair of Maine Green Independent Party for 1 year and as a steering committee member for 2, 2 year terms, non-consecutive.
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
In order to expand healthcare and services that Medicaid (Mainecare) offers, we need to allow more people to qualify. Every dollar that the state spends on Medicaid gets more than doubled now, and that money pays for some great services such as in-home supports for children with mental health deficits, clinical testing, doctors appointments, neuropsychological testing, you name it. Mainecare covers most services in Maine and if we expand it now, we can take advantage of this opportunity as other states have. It is a step-closer to a universal system.
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?I would look at the companies that are allowing their employees to sign up for programs such as SNAP, WIC, and ask them why they cannot pay their employees more. If the state is offering tax breaks to these companies, I would seek to end those tax breaks.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Yes
By how much?To $15 an hour. As I've already stated, the amount of money that would go back to the workers would be significant. It would generate a local based economy in each community across Maine as spending would go up, thus creating jobs. I would work with small businesses to make sure they can afford such an increase, but it would likely mean small price increases for most businesses.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?Yes
Please explain your position on legalization?Marijuana is a drug, but it is a useful drug and plant. Some people use it to get high, so what? Plenty of people drink alcohol and it is legal for adults. Let's do the same for marijuana so that we are not wasting our tax dollars on busting pot smokers. Along with taxing marijuana and getting money from it like Colorado has done, we can have farmers grow hemp. Hemp has so many uses, it is such a versatile plant. Fiber, food, fuel (ethanol), and cosmetics just to name a few. We can create new industries here in Maine with the legalization of marijuana.