Teresa S Pierce, Democrathttp://teresapierceformainestaterep.comFacebook
Office Sought: Representative - District 44
Occupation: Non-profit fundraising
University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado
BS Political Science, 1984
Daughter, Meg, 17
Son, Spencer, 15
Both attend Falmouth Schools
Why are you running for office? I am running because Maine needs leaders who are willing to sit down and discuss their differences and work together to solve problems. I will work across the aisle to create common sense solutions to move Maine forward by investing in education and workforce training/development, investing in small businesses and growing jobs and protecting our natural resources. If elected I will work in Augusta to ensure that all Mainers have an economy that works for them and that all our children are well educated and prepared for the future.
Falmouth Town Councilor 2008-2014 (two-term Council Chair) Greater Portland Council of Governments Metro Chair, 2013 - 2014 Falmouth Elementary School Building Committee Falmouth Trails Advisory Committee, Past President of Falmouth Education Foundation Former Associate Director of UNE Annual Fund; Ten year Director of Development for Boston area non-profits.
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
It is morally and economically the right decision. There are 70,000 Mainers, including nearly 3,000 veterans who are not getting healthcare. By saying yes to life-saving health care, not only will we care for those who are not currently covered, we can create thousands of jobs at time when Maine’s economy lags behind the nation. Our economy will see a $1 million per day boost in economic activity.
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?Fraud in our welfare program or any state program for that matter is unacceptable. When it comes to addressing welfare, I think the best way for someone to move off welfare is a good job. Right now Maine ranks among the worst in the country for job growth. The best way to get a good job starts with a good education. Maine deserves leaders who are going to work for economic and educational opportunity for everyone.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Yes
By how much?All Mainers deserve economic opportunity, good-paying jobs and an economy that works for everyone – not just those at the very top. There are many differences between industries and job skills, so giving the exact amount of the minimum wage is difficulty to determine. .
Would you support legalization of marijuana?Other
Please explain your position on legalization?I would support the legalization of marijuana, but only if it is tightly regulated and state wide initiative. Town initiatives only serve to confuse the public and pose problems for law enforcement officials.