Charlotte M Warren, Democrathttp://www.charlottewarrenformaine.com/Facebook Twitter
Office Sought: Representative - District 84
Occupation: Consultant and Business Owner
High School Diploma, Gardiner Area High School, 1988
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Honors Scholar, University of Maine at Farmington, 1994
Master of Science, Adult Education, University of Southern Maine, 2004
Master of Social Work, Organization and Community Practice, University of New England, 2008
Single. No children.
Why are you running for office? I am running for the office because I have the training and experience needed to effectively represent the people of District 84. I am a former teacher, a social worker, and currently a small business owner. I was raised on a farm in Central Maine and have lived in this region all of my life. I served for 12 years on the Hallowell City Council including 4 years as Mayor.
I’m running for the state legislature to serve as a voice for Maine’s working families. All Mainers deserve economic opportunity and good-paying jobs.
That’s why I support:
• Investing in small businesses and small farms in order to grow jobs on our Main Streets and in our rural communities.
• Protecting natural resources which are so important to Maine’s economy.
• Investing in education and workforce training.
• Raising the minimum wage.
• And, expanding access to health care.
Mayor 2010 - 2014; City Councilor 2002 - 2010; President of the City Council 2007 - 2010; Planning Board 200 - 2002
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
I believe every family deserves a family doctor. I support increasing access to life-saving health care for 70,000 Mainers, including nearly 3,000 veterans. This is a common sense decision for our people and our economy.
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?Other
What, if anything, would you change about welfare?This is not a yes or no question since every situation is different. The best assistance we can give is the skills and training to get a good job. Our focus should be on creating opportunities - creating jobs. Having said that, no one in Maine should be cold or hungry - we help our neighbors. That's why I believe in an efficient public assistance program that supports struggling families and facilitates a transition to employment.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Yes
By how much?Maine's working families should not be living under the poverty level. It's that simple.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?Other
Please explain your position on legalization?I appreciate the city by city process happening now in our state. As a state we should look to those municipalities as well as other states that have legalized, like Washington and Colorado, as examples to move forward with the conversation.