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State House District 120

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    Richard A. Evans
    (Dem)

  • Norman E. Higgins
    (I)

  • Chad Richard Perkins
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

What are the greatest challenges facing Maine right now?

If elected, what are your top three priorities?

How will you encourage greater civic engagement among your constituents?

How will you support economic recovery in your district?

Campaign Phone (207) 564-0715
Campaign Email EvansforMe@earthlink.net
Campaign Website http://evansforme.com/
Twitter @EVANSforME
Finance Type Traditional
State House District
Maine, as is the rest of the nation, is in uncharted waters today. The current pandemic is the most immediate challenge that we must successfully mitigate. The coronavirus is novel and like nothing of this magnitude that we have faced in recent history. The consequences of this pandemic cannot be measured in terms of an isolated event, as the effects of this virus extend to and directly intersects with all aspects of our individual and public healthcare systems, individual and family jobs and income, and the overall balance of Maine’s economic recovery, especially for small businesses, hourly workers and those already in or on the edges of poverty. Without continued focused and sustained commitments, from all of us as individuals and as local and state government officials towards management of this massive problem, the domino effects of these challenges will undoubtedly make our functional status as a statewide community that much worse.
My top three priorities will be healthcare, jobs and economic recovery, and increased educational opportunities for our young people. Health is the first wealth and must be prioritized as such. I have seen the adverse effects that families must overcome when they are burdened by inadequate access to needed healthcare. As a physician, I find it inexcusable for any person to go without health insurance, no matter their status or station in life. Our young people must be provided with educational opportunities that will better prepare them to meet the requirements of the job markets of the future, but they should not be thrust into situations of insurmountable debt. With jobs that pay living wages, these young people will be the core for Maine’s eventual economic recovery, a recovery that will not be forthcoming due to our states aging population.
Civic engagement must be a continuous process. It should not be something that we address only around election season. I believe that one of the biggest problems that hamper this process is the lack of a defined focus on the relevant information and the often-overwhelming abundance of misinformation that people tend to be confronted with today. It is incumbent upon each of our communities to proactively engage with its residents on a regular basis about what is important to the members of the community. In our local community, we have had these educational experiences, open to the public, and offered to our communities for the last year. Additionally we have placed topics of concern in our local newspaper on a weekly basis. I see us as common communities, and as such, we want to engage with residents by the means that are the easiest and least threatening to them. Everyone needs to feel needed, and if we just take that extract step, people will respond. Inclusion benefits us all.
I am not one who believes in “trickle down” economics. The usual first response to economic downfalls is to proceed with spending cuts and strangling austerity. Those most adversely affected by this pathway are almost always the poor and middle class. For many, there tends to be an automatic turn to tax cuts, the results of which supposedly will generate new revenue. The problem is that these tax cuts tend to favor the already ultra-wealthy and the everyday low wage earner gets stuck with increased taxes, job losses and interruption of needed resources that should be directed to families, workers, schools, and local communities, and should not be pared away to generate revenue. Revenues cannot be generated by cutting the lifelines of the most vulnerable amongst us. The equitable thing to do is to increase taxes on the rich and ultra-wealthy. Those with the greatest capacity to give, share the greatest obligation for those in need.
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