Penobscot Bay Pilot has posed questions to every candidate operating for Maine State Legislature, offering the chance for the general public to higher perceive their place on points necessary to the state. Candidates responding with their particular person written solutions could have their responses saved within the Pilot’s 2020 Election Resource Guide. Jeffrey Evangelos is in search of reelection to symbolize Maine Home District 91, which incorporates Friendship, a part of Union, Waldoboro and Washington.
1. Please present a concise biography of your self.
I went to graduate college on the College of Maine, Orono and earned a grasp’s diploma with honors within the early 1970s. I instantly went to work as a public administrator in Maine, first in Washington County and then in 1976, on the age of 23, turned city supervisor in Warren.
Subsequent to that, I went to work for SAD 40 for 15 years, then owned and operated a small enterprise in Waldoboro for 20 years.
In 2012, I used to be elected to the Maine Home of Representatives, the place I at present serve and am operating for my fourth time period. I reside in Friendship with my spouse, Harolyn York, who’s a instructor at Medomak Valley Excessive College. We have lived in Friendship for 24 years.
2. What are the three most urgent points going through Maine, as a state, right now, and the way would you wish to see them resolved?
For my geographic space of Maine, the three most urgent points are:
First, the general public well being of my constituents, together with the aged, college youngsters, and people with compromised immune techniques;
Second, the situation of our native financial system and the destiny of employees and small companies who’ve been ravaged by the pandemic response; and
Third, the way forward for our lobster trade, the engine of our native financial system.
Sadly, defending the general public well being and serving to our financial system get well have been in battle, partly because of the piecemeal strategy and response to COVID-19. There are too many winners and losers in each the federal and Maine’s response to the disaster. Small companies have been pressured to shut whereas Walmart and different large shops have been allowed to remain open, a harmful coverage that is unnecessary. We won’t resolve these points by one individual rule, subsequently,
I am calling on Governor Mills to name us again into session so a extra collaborative strategy can start.
Relating to the lobster trade, I have been combating to guard the trade from the unreasonable proper whale sanctions and can proceed to help each federal and state support to that trade. Decision of the financial and well being disaster might in the end be depending on the discovery and implementation of a secure vaccine, so it could possibly be tough seas for some time.
As well as, local weather change is having a detrimental impact on all of those points, so we will have to maneuver towards photo voltaic vitality and electrical automobiles sooner or later.
three. How will you shield the native (municipal) taxpayer as you assist form a state price range?
Legislators are unable to guard the municipal taxpayer so long as the feuding two occasion system and the Governor refuse to name us again into session. Projections on the State stage point out Maine is half billion dollars quick this yr and as much as $ billion wanting income subsequent yr. In gentle of this, as an Impartial, I’ve twice already voted to return into session so we will collaborate on discussions and options that can reduce the consequences of the income disaster on our cities, faculties, and property tax payers.
four. Given the shortfall of housing in your district, how ought to the state strategy the necessity for extra workforce housing, in addition to re-entry housing for the previously incarcerated, and emergency shelter for these struggling by prolonged energy outages?
I’ll help efforts by the Maine Housing Authority to increase inexpensive housing. We additionally must put money into each structured re-entry applications and housing to assist guarantee these previously incarcerated start productive lives. Relating to emergency shelters, our present emergency responders are doing a superb job of responding to this.
5. What legislative committees would you wish to serve on and why?
My three selections are Judiciary Committee, State and Native Authorities Committee, and Marine Useful resource Committee. Judiciary as a result of I’ve been concerned in floor breaking work defending your civil liberties, engaged on police and legal justice reforms, and ensuring our justice system is truthful and equitable. State and Native Authorities Committee as a result of I can leverage my expertise and expertise as a public administrator to higher serve my cities. Marine Assets as a result of I need to proceed my work in help of the lobster trade, the clamming trade, and different marine associated companies.
6. Maine’s financial system depends on small and micro-businesses. How will you assist the entrepreneur succeed on this state, particularly given the pandemic?
Maine must proceed to undertake a positive enterprise local weather, with applicable incentives, to help our small companies, who in flip create jobs. In reference to the pandemic, Maine’s response has been considerably harmful to small companies, many who have been pressured to shut or curtail their actions whereas Amazon and Walmart have been allowed to thrive. Not solely is that this not truthful, it has truly destroyed companies and households. We have to do higher. The State of Maine must be extra empathetic and aware of our small enterprise house owners as they navigate this disaster.
7. What’s your imaginative and prescient for inexpensive well being care?
I help single payer, common well being look after all. Well being care is a common human proper. If Europe can do it, so can the USA. My nation ought to by no means permit the rich to have entry to good healthcare whereas these at decrease earnings ranges undergo.
eight. Does the State of Maine want to enhance its public well being system?
Sure, with elevated funding, as a result of good well being can also be good for the financial system and the general public normally. I am very involved that these mergers have concentrated an excessive amount of energy into the palms of some rich non-public hospital chains on the expense of an inexpensive public well being strategy. They name themselves nonprofits however they pay directors and different excessive stage folks within the system thousands and thousands or tons of of hundreds of dollars per yr whereas John Q. Public struggles not solely to make ends meet however struggles with entry to inexpensive well being care, battling with insurance coverage corporations. It is an unsustainable mannequin.
9. What are the best strengths in your district, and the way do you hope to help them?
The only largest biggest power in my district are my folks, the folks I serve. They’re nice folks, exhausting working, and I am fortunate, as a result of they deal with me nice. In flip, I reciprocate by working exhausting for them. In six years, I’ve scored 100% legislative attendance.
10. What are the best issues to handle in your district, and the way do you plan to handle them?
Because the COVID-19 outbreak, the best issues at the moment are safety of public well being and opening up our financial system. As I said above, we want a collaborative strategy and a scientific resolution to the pandemic. As soon as science comes up with a treatment, we’ll get the financial system rolling once more at full velocity. At the moment, this implies continued federal and state help to assist those who want it till the disaster ends.
11. What’s your place on regulation enforcement reform within the State of Maine?
I have been one of many leaders in sponsoring and co-sponsoring laws to reform regulation enforcement practices. My invoice to implement an impartial assessment of regulation enforcement officer use of power handed the Legislature and was signed into regulation. I additionally sponsored a invoice to reform our post-conviction assessment system to guarantee we preserve no harmless folks in jail.
We additionally must acknowledge that nobody must be struggling the penalties of any marijuana convictions now that the State of Maine has gone into the enterprise of gathering tax revenues on the sale of this product. It is the peak of hypocrisy.
12. What are your ideas concerning the state’s response to the pandemic?
I assumed it began out properly, nevertheless it’s turn out to be too fragmented, too many winners and losers. Governor Mills should name us again into session. If she fails to do that, the approaching disaster will relaxation on her shoulders. That will not be what any of us needed. We now have a constitutional separation of powers in Maine and the Governor’s reluctance to share this accountability is not going to prove properly.
An instance of the inadequacy of the response was our vacationer season. Maine put a 14-day quarantine in place for vacationers however vacationers got here up for a four-day weekend over July Fourth and Labor Day. This is unnecessary, there was no enforcement, and as anybody who witnessed site visitors on Route 1, it was a free for all of out of state of us taking little or no precautions, whereas they cleaned out the cabinets of our grocery shops.
Count on to see a pointy rise in COVID instances consequently.
13. Do you help development of the 145-mile Central Maine Energy transmission line from Quebec to Massachusetts?
Undoubtedly not, it is a boondoggle of huge proportions, spoiling our pristine areas for the good thing about Massachusetts. Let’s body the query this manner: Maine has simply found a large energy supply on the Hudson River. To get the ability to Maine, the road development has to chop proper by the attractive Berkshire Mountains earlier than turning left into Maine. All for 45 cents a month off their energy payments! What a deal!! I believe everyone knows what Massachusetts must say about this: Take a hike.
14. Free area! Is there the rest you need voters to find out about you or your imaginative and prescient not addressed by this questionnaire?
Sure, there’s one factor I might wish to say. I detest detrimental political campaigning. The federal Senate race is a shame. I hope that this marketing campaign in any respect ranges involves a peaceable finish and that on November four, the day after the election, the nation will transfer on and permit these elected to do the folks’s enterprise. All the way forward for our nation is a stake.
My largest concern is that neither facet will settle for the election outcomes and chaos will ensue. Whereas I am hoping for one of the best, I am anticipating the worst. I am glad I am an Impartial throughout these occasions, that is all I’ve to say.