Stan J Gerzofsky, DemocratFacebook
Office Sought: Representative - District 24
Occupation: Furniture maker
School of Hard Knocks
Divorced, two daughters, aged 41 & 42.
Why are you running for office? I have served in the Maine Senate since 2000, representing the people of Brunswick, Harpswell, Freeport and Pownal. Due to redistricting, I am pleased that North Yarmouth is now a part of my district. I am a proud Democrat and have spent my time in office working hard every day to create local private sector jobs, promote strong stewardship of our state’s environmental resources, support a quality education for our children and to protect those people who most need our help. In short, I have a record of accomplishment. I have helped pass aggressive state incentives for small businesses, strongly supported our educational system and worked with area schools to adapt to school district consolidation. I have worked to support our working waterfronts, reduce county taxes through jail consolidation and create new protections for victims of domestic violence. And, I have helped the region not only survive the closing of the Naval Air Station Brunswick, but to thrive by using those resources to open a new campus of Southern Maine Community College and as home to dozens of small and mid-sized businesses on the base. Using a creative, team approach, we have been able to also get the Navy to turn over hundreds of acres of that land for environmental preservation. While you and I may not know one another, I think those whom I have represented will say that I have served them well.
8 years, Maine House of Representatives
6 years, Maine State Senate
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
The data show that the states that have expanded medicaid not only benefit the public health, but have stronger, more robust economic growth.
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?We all oppose welfare fraud. But the safety net that protects our seniors, our veterans and our kids has to be protected. The best social program is a job, so every day I get up trying to make our economy better.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Yes
By how much?The AFL-CIO says that if the federal minimum wage kept up with inflation it would be $10.75 an hour, not the $7.25 it is today. That sounds good to me.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?Yes
Please explain your position on legalization?We should legalize, but we need to first see what happens in Washington state and Colorado before we try to tax it, as the federal government still considers marijuana illegal.