Lisa H Willey, Green IndependentFacebook
Office Sought: Representative - District 66
Occupation: Student at USM
I went to Lake Region HIgh School in Naples, and graduated in 1985. I attended UMO from 1985-86, and ended up at Fullerton College in Fullerton, California where I met my husband. I am currently finishing my BS degree in Environmental Science at USM. I have many certificates in various environmental education trainings that I have completed. One of my best education experiences was my 13 years as a 4H leader!
I have been married to Robert Critchfield for 25 years. He is a small business owner. We have 3 children together and 1 grandchild. Our eldest, Sky, lives in Houlton with his partner Tessa and son Everett. (4) Maya, 20, is in her third year at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor. Ansel is 17.
Why are you running for office? I am running for Representative because I care about the people and the natural resources in my District. I also believe we need more independent voices in Augusta, to speak for everyone.
I served on Casco's Open Space Commission for 2 years, from 2009-2011.
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 in the long run that if people have low cost access to health care, especially preventative health care, it will pay off with less spent on emergency procedures, etc.
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 believe that help we should people out by assisting them with free trainings and/or college tuition. An educated community is a productive community. My family struggles sometimes as it is, I can't image making only $7.50 per hour! My kids had summer jobs that paid $10 and $15 per hour because they had skill sets based on education or training they received. An educated community with ready access to free or low tuition rates won't need as much public assistance.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Yes
By how much?Why not start at $15/hr? Studies have shown that is closer to a living wage. My family struggles sometimes as it is, I can't image making only $7.50 per hour! Could you?
Would you support legalization of marijuana?Other
Please explain your position on legalization?I am more concerned with the issue of Hemp legalization. Hemp is not marijuana and should not be treated as a controlled substance. Hemp should be legalized so that farmer's in Maine have the opportunity to grow and sell Hemp. Hemp is a crop that could reinvigorate our once thriving textile, manufacturing , and agricultural industry in Maine. It can also be used in the paper industry.