- Eugene was an early supporter of Universal Healthcare during his 1990 run for Congress back when almost no one was talking about it.
- He's been a very vocal opponent of the I-526 boondoggle.
- As an honorably discharged veteran, he has spoken out to criticize the ill-advised military ventures the country has involved itself with, particularly in Afghanistan and Iraq. Military action should be defensive only.
- He believes the influx of large sums of money from wealthy special interest lobbyists has had a corrupting influence on the political process and that we need comprehensive campaign finance reform to limit the excessive influence of the priveleged and powerful elite. Corporations are not people and are not entitled to the same rights as living, breathing human beings and the "Citizens United" ruling must be overturned to prevent corporations from buying elections and politicians.
- He believes pollution and climate change are real and must be taken seriously. He supports subsidies to help spur the transition to sustainable energy and improving mass transit and high speed rail.
Eugene Platt on Family
A widower since his wonderful, loving wife Mary died of breast cancer in 2003, Eugene has a son, Paul, daughter, Troye, son-in-law, John, and granddaughters, Maya and Elena. He understands that family is the foundation of society. In Congress, he will be a champion of family-friendly legislation - including health care for all.
Eugene Platt on Crime
The criminal justice system must be completely revamped, focusing on the safety of law-abiding citizens. This new system would feature truth in sentencing, greater parental responsibility for acts of children, a drastically shortened interval between arrest and trial, victim restitution, a more stringent parole policy, and opportunities for rehabilitation. As a State House candidate he called for the State Highway Patrol being increased by at least 100 new troopers to insure the safety of our highways.
Eugene Platt on Children and Education
Our children are not only our future, but also our immortality. We will be judged on how well we train them. Eugene is a strong supporter of public education, advocating full funding by the state; however, he respects the rights of parents to choose private education at their own expense. Teachers should be empowered to maintain discipline in their classrooms. State college tuition increases should not exceed the general rate of inflation.
Eugene Platt on Taxes
Eugene supports elimination of property taxes to fund public schools, but not for services directly related to property such as fire protection and garbage collection. He is opposed to increasing sales taxes for any purpose. If additional revenues are required, he proposes a progressive income tax as the most equitable way to raise them.
Eugene Platt on the Environment
Eugene is a longtime member of the Sierra Club and is also a member of the Coastal Conservation League. Irresponsible developers do not consider him their friend. His feelings are reflected in this prayer "For the Conservation of Natural Resources": Almighty God, in giving us dominion over things on earth, you made us fellow workers in your creation: Give us wisdom and reverence so to use the resources of nature, that no one may suffer from our abuse of them, and that generations yet to come may continue to praise you for your bounty; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Eugene Platt on Illegal Immigration
Illegal immigration is a major problem for our workforce and is environmentally unsustainable. But desperate people will continue to cross our borders as long as greedy employers are allowed to get away with paying them pennies rather than hiring Americans at fair, livable wages. Accordingly, we must increase fines and enforcement against such unscrupulous employers. We must also take a look at the bigger picture, including our country's role in exacerbating these problems. "Free Trade" agreements such as NAFTA and the WTO have led to the destabilazation of poorer countries and millions of American jobs moving abroad.