Paul P Davis, Democrathttp://davisformaine.comFacebook Twitter
Office Sought: Senator - District 8
Occupation: Self-employed consultant
Brewer High School - graduated 1981;
University of Maine - B.A. in Political Science - graduated 1985
Not married and no children.
Why are you running for office? I am a candidate for the State Senate because I strongly believe that public service is an honorable vocation. Yet, in recent years, it has become fashionable to disparage and distrust those elected to public office. While the well-recognized “gridlock” in Augusta during the past four years clearly is both frustrating and largely indefensible, I believe that much of this is due a growing lack of fairness, civility, and a respect for others that has permeated the political culture of Augusta politics. I realize that I, alone, cannot change this culture, but I am committed to make an honest effort to act, and vote, in a manner that will bring increased civility and respect to our Maine legislature. Also, I am running to help ensure that the voices of all Maine people are heard and respected involving critical issues that come before the Maine Senate, not just those of lobbyists representing large corporations and special interest groups. Maine is a wonderful state in which to live, work, and play – but, unfortunately, this description often is true only for some of our citizens. For many of our most marginalized citizens (those who lack adequate healthcare, or hold a job that doesn’t pay a decent, livable wage) this vision of Maine remains elusive. If elected, I will serve all Maine people with the respect and dignity that they deserve. These are the reasons why I am running.
No elected political office experience.
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
Yes, I would definitely vote to expand Medicaid eligibility. For me, this is very easy. To not accept federal funds that would expand needed services to many of our state’s most vulnerable citizens is both short-sighted and lacking in common sense. In my judgment, the argument that the expansion of Medicaid eligibility would be cost-prohibitive is a very specious one – one that is rooted in political ideology rather than in true cost-benefit analysis
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?Yes
What, if anything, would you change about welfare?In many ways, not generous enough. Not many deserving families can live on $500 a month. Hubert Humphrey once said, “It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.” The Maine I know wants to pass that moral test. Social service programs in Maine are not perfect and changes need to be made, but we cannot let our deserving neighbors, friends, and their children be denied services that they truly need. Studies and investigations should done to explore reforms that will better serve the citizens of Maine.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Yes
By how much?At least $10.10 an hour. Employees working 40 hours a week, should be able to earn a living wage.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?No
Please explain your position on legalization?I assume we are talking about recreational use of marijuana. I am very much in favor of medicinal use. As far as recreational use, more research needs to be done to evaluate the safety and impact of legalization will have in our state. We should be given time to see the impact of legalization in Colorado and Washington State, before we should explore legalization here in Maine.