Mary-Vienessa Fernandes, Democrathttp://maryfernandes.meFacebook
Office Sought: Representative - District 66
Occupation: Dire t support professional
Housatonic Community Collge 2001-2003- Associate Degree in Criminal Justice & General Studies
University of New Haven, Connecticut 2004- Certificate in Computer Forensic Science
University of Southern. Maine 2005-2007
I am the oldest of seven children and I have 21 nieces and nephews. Single without children
Why are you running for office? I am running for this office because I have seen many needs that must be addressed within our communities. During my political tenure as a Casco selectboard member, many of my constituents have expressed the desire to have lower property, the shortage of affordable housing particularly for seniors and and our rising educational costs.
Casco selectboard June 2010-2013 Casco selectboard June 2013-2016 ( Chairwoman for 2013 & 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
I truly believe that an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure. Studies indicate that people with some type of health insurance are more prone to see a doctor rather than visit an emergency room. Without insurance or access to preventative care, hospitals will bear the costs. Insurance rates will rise and ultimately these costs will Be passed along to taxpayers.
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?If a person is not disabled, elderly, has no dependents and able-bodied this segment of general assistance should be phased out. Initially a comprehensive review should be done of the programs . The emphasis should be directed towards the expectation of self sufficiency, not entitlement.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Yes
By how much?The minimum wage has remained stagnant for decades and has not kept pace with the cost of living. A livable wage for the State of Maine (Living wage calculations.livingwage.mit.edu/states/23.) For one adult should be $8.94 . For one adult and one child should reflect $20.59 if they are sole supporters working full time. The minimum wage has remained $7.50 since 2009 and the cost of living has increased by 6.8 percent . The minimum wage should reflect the cost of living.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?No
Please explain your position on legalization?Legalization is an issue that should be addressed by the Federal government, not the states and I would not support the legalization of marijuana. As a former case manger for an alternative to incarceration program, I have seen marijuana usage as a gateway for other drugs.