Brad Fox

Brad Fox

Brad Fox

Democratic candidate for Maine House District 33 from South Portland

Running against Kevin J. Battle. View your ballot →

Is Maine too generous in providing social services to its residents? Which government benefits should be increased or decreased?

The opposite is true. The governor should immediately expand our MaineCare program so that all of the families who need medical care have access to doctors, and hospital services. Also, providing a financial helping hand to Mainers in need, including our immigrant and refugee populations, is simply the right thing to do.

Do you support expanding or raising the sales tax to lower the state income tax? Why or why not?

No way. Regressive taxes like sales and property taxes place an unfair burden on the middle class and especially our seniors and the poor. The income tax is a progressive tax and everyone pays their fair share.

Do you support marijuana legalization in Maine, as outlined in Question 1?

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

I support Question 1 because the voters of South Portland already voted to legalize marijuana use in 2014. Im not going to take a position against the initiative that the people of my city support. But I am concerned that legalization will increase the availability of the drug for teenagers. I spent years as an assistant principal and principal, and one of my missions was to keep drugs, alcohol and violence out of schools. I wish that the age for possession was set at 25.

Do you support raising taxes on Mainers with incomes above $200,000 to increase state aid to education, as outlined in Question 2?

Yes

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

It's only fair that the high earners, who've seen lower taxes over the years, begin paying their fair share for our schools. We need to keep property taxes low so our people, especially seniors, can afford to live in them.

Do you support universal background checks for firearm sales, as outlined in Question 3?

Yes

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

Absolutely. Theirs no good reason to allow disturbed individuals and terrorists to purchase guns in Maine.

Should Maine raise its minimum wage, as outlined in Question 4?

Yes

Please explain your answer. (Not required.)

I strongly support Question 4. I remember a time when I could support myself on a minimum wage job, paying my rent and buying food and other necessities. But that was long ago. Now Republicans refuse to raise the wage. So Mainers need to act to insure that all everyone with a full-time job can afford to live a decent life and stay off of welfare programs and food stamps. We're just subsidizing low wage paying businesses if we don't raise the wage.

Do you support the initiative to use ranked-choice voting to elect state and federal officials in Maine, as outlined in Question 5?

Yes

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

I believe that the people of Maine are tired of electing candidates who've only received a minority portion of the vote and will chose ranked choice voting. The idea of an instant runoff, with the cost savings involved as a bonus, make it an idea whose tome has come.

Should Maine prioritize law enforcement efforts to intercept drug traffickers over expanding access to substance abuse treatment, such those that incorporates medications like methadone and Suboxone?

We need to expand access to substance abuse programs as soon as possible to counter the serious opioid addiction problem we have in Maine. I've been fighting drug use in the schools for years and prevention and treatment are the most effective solutions to the problem.

Should Maines constitutional officers -- the secretary of state, the attorney general, auditor and the treasurer -- continue to be elected by the Legislature or by statewide popular vote?

Either way works. Popular vote gives the people more choice in their elected officials.

Is the size of Maines Legislature appropriate? Should the pay for legislative service be increased?

I could support a unicameral legislature. It would allow us to increase legislative pay without increasing taxes.

Would you support sanctioning another elected official if he or she made public comments or statements that were considered racist, offensive or prejudicial?

Yes. Our governor should resign or be removed from office.

Would you support a so-called right to work law in Maine?

Never. It's just an anti-union measure in disguise.

Would you support legislation or a ballot question to allow more casinos in Maine?

Aren't there enough already? Who would benefit from more casinos? Not the average Mainer.

What is the biggest barrier to economic development in Maine and what can the Legislature do to address it?

We need to have the best educated workforce here in Maine, and that means supporting our schools.

We need to attract new high tech startups to Maine, and find ways to keep businesses like Fairchild operating here. We must do the outreach, perhaps creating research parks in Northern and Southern Maine to bring in the entrepreneurs.

We also need to continue to develop our aquaculture industry. It's good to see the University's Aquaculture Research Institute doing just that.

Census data show Maines population is aging and decreasing, with some economists suggesting that immigration is the best way to reverse those trends. What should the state do to address this demographic trend?

I wholeheartedly support increased immigration. I live in a very diverse neighborhood in South Portland. We're fortunate that these young immigrant families from all around the world have brought their incredible knowledge, talents, and skills to us in Maine. We need to support the programs that bring us these immigrant and refugee families. Also, our governor needs to stop demonizing our new neighbors.

What is the most pressing issue in Maine these questions have not addressed?

Our governor should resign or be removed from office.