Jared Golden

Age: 36
Residence: Lewiston
Present Employment (or former occupation if retired): Springbrook Golf Course, Leeds; Maine State Legislature; Staff, U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee (previous); Infantry – United States Marine Corps (previous)
Highest Level of Education Completed: BA from Bates College
Previous Elected Public Office(s) Held: State representative

 

Having access to good paying jobs with strong retirement benefits will always be a top issue for the people of Maine’s 2nd Congressional District. As a member of Congress I will work to balance the needs of small and large businesses alike to ensure the middle class can flourish and gain strength. One issue that dominates Mainers’ thoughts is the ever-increasing cost of health care. Premiums continue to rise while policies’ protections shrink. Out-of-pocket co-pays and the price of prescription drugs have skyrocketed in the last four years alone. Economic gains made in the recovery have been overpowered by these realties. The status quo is unacceptable. Protecting Medicare and Social Security — not privatizing them as the current congressman has proposed — is key. Expanding access to Medicare by allowing those between the ages of 55 and 65 years to buy in will increase market competition and lower costs. Passing legislation to allow the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid to negotiate prescription drug prices — as the Veterans Administration does currently — will keep more money in the pockets of Maine families. I commit to stabilizing — and lowering — the burdensome cost of health care for the people of the 2nd District.