Gay M Grant, Democrathttp://www.grantwriteway.comFacebook
Office Sought: Representative - District 83
Occupation: Owner, The Write Way
Gardiner Area High School
University of Southern Maine BA in History
Husband of 34 years, Ron Grant; two adult children
Why are you running for office? I was inspired to run for the legislature out of a sense of service to my community. Everything that happens in Augusta impacts everyone in Maine, from the taxes we pay to the education we provide for our children. In my first session I focused on workforce development, job creation and growing Maine’s economy. The Speaker of the House selected me as one of only two freshman legislators to serve on a special committee charged to find ways to support and grow our workforce and our economy. My background in small business and education enabled me to be a contributor to the bold and creative solutions that will help jump start our economy and help people gain the education and training they need to make a livable wage. One of the best parts of my job as a legislator has been to assist citizens and small business owners with their individual concerns. It has been a joy to see the positive results in a person’s life when I have been able to intervene on their behalf. The people in my district are important to me and I am honored to represent them in Augusta; I will continue to work hard and be their strong voice in Augusta.
MSAD 11 School Board for 6 years 1986 - 1992; 126th Maine Legislature 2012 - 2014
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
Health care is a right not a privilege. That’s why I support life-saving health care for 70,000 Mainers, including nearly 3,000 veterans. No one should be bankrupt by mounting medical bills when they are sick. Our economy will also see a $1 million per day boost in economic activity, so it’s right morally and economically.
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?I think the best anti-poverty program is a good job. Mainers deserve leaders who are going to work for economic opportunity for everyone. Though there is no data that Maine has widespread fraud in our welfare programs, fraud in any state program is unacceptable.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Yes
By how much?No one can live on the current minimum wage and raising it needs to be part of a comprehensive economic program aimed at making Maine's economy work for everyone.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?No
Please explain your position on legalization?Maine law recognizes marijuana products for medical use because of their powerful properties to assist patients with serious medical conditions. If we recognize this substance as a medicine, I don’t believe we should also legalize its use for “recreation” any more than we do any other medicine.