Anne C Perry, Democrat
Office Sought: Senator - District 6
Occupation: Family Nurse Practitioner
May 1998 MSN FNP Husson College Bangor
May 1970 BSN University of Maine at Portland
Divorced, Mother of 3 , ages 43, 41, 39; Grandmother of 5
Why are you running for office? I am running to champion the needs of Down East. To ensure to health care and as result ensure the viability of our hospitals, access to a livable wage and help municipalities deal with the cost of providing services in the face of lost revenue.
2002-2010 Representative to Maine House - District #31, Augusta; Committees: 2004-6 Insurance & Financial Services, Co- Chair, 2006-10 Health and Human Services, Co-chair, Committee on Health Care Reform, Advisory Council on Health Care Systems Development, and Substance Abuse Services Commission; 1999-2002 School Board of Union #106 Calais Schools and President of Union #106; 1990-1996 MSAD#9 (Farmington), board member, VP and President; 2000-2003 & 1992-1996 Maine State School Boards Association – board member, VP; 1978-1988 Crown Point Central School (Crown Point, NY) board member, president; 1980-1988 Essex County (NY) School Board Assoc. board member, VP, president; 1986-1988 Board of Cooperative Educational Services (B.O.C.E.S) of Clinton, Essex, Warren & Washington Counties, Board member.
The federal health care law has offered to pay states to expand their Medicaid programs to provide health coverage to low income Mainers. Do you support Medicaid (or MaineCare) expansion?Yes
The people left without health insurance are our micro business people and families working 2-3 jobs to survive. I have a patient who worked and had no insurance. He got sick with cancer and had to leave his job. Got insurance through Mainecare and was treated. He went into remission and was feeling better and went back to work. He lost his insurance and therefore did not come for his regular checks because he could not afford them. He does finally come to be seen because of fatigue and weight loss. His cancer was back. When he finally got back on Mainecare insurance, it was in time for hospice. He passed 4 weeks later.
Reform of the state’s public assistance programs has been the focus of debates in the State House and on the campaign trail. Do you believe that the state’s welfare programs are too generous?No
What, if anything, would you change about welfare?Maine has the lowest benefits in New England. We must make sure we help those most in need get back on their feet.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Yes
By how much?The minimum wage was originally set to be a living wage. This historically has not kept up. Also when raising the minimum, it also get spent locally and does help the local economy.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?Other
Please explain your position on legalization?I am unsure. As a Nurse Practitioner I am still learning about the components of marijuana and their medicinal uses. Marijuana is not a benign substance and as a result I am torn as to making it legal and regulated or keeping it an illegal substance.