Nathan Paul LeClair
Democrat

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Office Sought: Representative – District 63
Age: 22
Occupation: Independent contractor
Education: CMCC, Auburn, ME, 2012-2014
Family: Partner
Hometown: Auburn

Political experience

This will be my first time officially running for a state position. However, before this, I have canvassed, phone banked, and organized for both local and national candidates. Politics have been my main interest for as long as I can remember, and I feel a long-burning passion to improve my State and the lives of our people.

Why are you running for office?

There are a number of challenges facing people in the state of Maine that need to be addressed if we are going to build an economy that benefits the many, not the few. Wages have stagnated for middle class families and many people who previously found themselves living comfortably in the middle class are now finding themselves falling behind, making minimum wage or barely above that. We have a Governor who has voiced strong opposition to Question 4 which will raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2020 despite the fact that Maine’s minimum wage has not risen since 2009 – the longest our state has gone without an increase since it was enacted in 1959. I strongly support Question 4 and believe that through ensuring jobs with livable wages we will more effectively foster an economy where everyone can live comfortably and not have to worry about putting food on the table. Our Governor has staked out a position that is hostile to renewable energy, but the time is now to secure a healthy planet for our children. The LePage administration was responsible for driving away an offshore wind project, a decision that I believe was the wrong one. Maine had an opportunity to pass a comprehensive modern solar bill earlier this year, but the bill was vetoed and effectively killed by six lawmakers in the State House who left the chamber to avoid voting on the bill. I seek to be a champion of renewable energy, and passing a modern solar bill that will save ratepayers money will be a top priority of mine.

 

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