Issues and Aswers: “If in the end, I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside of me”–Abraham Lincoln
Richard A. Evans, MD
Office Sought: Representative – District 120
Occupation: General Surgeon
Education: BS Degree Howard University, Washington DC; Doctor of Medicine, Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
Family: Married, 1 daughter, 1 step-daughter, 1 step-son, 6 grandchildren
I have never run for any political office in the past. In fact, I do not necessarily accept the constraint that political experience is a measure of ones abilities to know or do what is right. I believe that leadership and moral character are more important. I am a veteran of the USAF serving as a Hospital Commander, receiving the Meritorious Service Medal for Outstanding Leadership and the National Defense Service Medal. As a Past President of the Maine Medical Association, I received The President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement. I was recently installed as Chair of the New England Delegation to the American Medical Association. I am no stranger to our democratic parliamentary process. These experiences have taught me not only how to be a leader, but the importance of leadership and character.
Why are you running for office?
My candidacy is about “We the People”, the people of Maine and especially those in Piscataquis County. It seems today that we are trapped in a time warp. As I have traveled around the towns in our district, my suspicions have been confirmed. Maine is not fulfilling its promise to its citizens. I am dismayed by the conditions under which many are living. I was raised in a family of 6 children. My father was a truck driver and only went to the 8th grade, my mom a homemaker who only went to the 9th grade. I saw how hard they struggled just to make ends meet. I know what it’s like to go to bed without a meal or to school without a lunch. It seems that far too many Mainers are experiencing these same calamities today. If our society continues to allow wrongs to go unchallenged, we leave the impression that those wrongs have the approval of the majority. The imperative for us is to define what is right and to do it. So I run, not for myself, but for those we have forgotten, those whose voices are not being heard, who live in poverty, who are unemployed, the elderly and for the future of our children. Instead of the way life should be, I want a Maine community as good as its promise.