Re-Elect
JessicaFay

State Representative for House District 86

About Jessica

Working for our community.

About

Rep. Jessica Fay, a small business owner and community volunteer, is serving her third term in the Maine House of Representatives. She currently serves on the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs and the Committee on Government Oversight. Most recently she was appointed as House Chair of the Advisory Committee on the Fund To Address PFAS Contamination. Jess also serves as the House Co-chair of the non-partisan Caucus on Aging.

Her past committee assignments have included the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, the Joint Standing Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Fay’s passion for protecting Maine’s environment has stemmed from time spent at her family’s camp on Sebago Lake in Raymond. She and her husband Kevin moved to Raymond permanently over twenty years ago and set down strong roots in the community. Fay opened her first business, Raymond Village Florist, in 2000. The retail location focused on creativity, affordability and customer service.

Public service was an integral part of Fay’s family life growing up. Family members served in the military, worked in the public sector and served on volunteer and elected boards and committees. Inspired by this service, Representative Fay has volunteered at the local Library, founded a volunteer-based Age-Friendly Community initiative, serves on the Town of Raymond Recycling Committee and is always ready to lend a hand when needed.

She was appointed to serve as the House Chair of the Commission to Study Long-Term Care Workforce Issues, serves as a member of the Long-Term Services and Supports Advisory Group to the Dept. of Health and Human Services, as a member of the Age-Friendly Maine Advisory Committee and as the House Co-Chair of the Legislature’s bi-partisan Caucus on Aging as well as the Direct Care Workforce Campaign Advisory Committee.

Fay graduated from Simmons College, Boston, MA. She currently owns Maine Lakes Wedding and Events Florist which keeps her busy when the Legislature is not is session. She and her husband Kevin enjoy playing and hiking with their three Labrador Retrievers, Murphy, Lowell and Ellis.

On the Issues

Environmental Protections

Our region’s economy is heavily dependent on our wonderful environment and excellent water quality. States must make sure protections remain robust. Better planning to address the impacts of climate change on our infrastructure and environment will become even more important.

Toxic chemicals like PFAS are a growing threat to our health and drinking water and Maine is on the front lines of this newly discovered threat. We must prioritize source reduction and cleanup.

As we attempt to deal with invasive species, increased pollution from runoff, and public health issues like tick-borne diseases and toxic chemicals, Jess will continue to be a strong advocate in the Legislature.

Broadband

Maine has made progress in access to true broadband internet, but access also means affordability. Workers and employers expect and need faster upload and download speeds to conduct business. The state can assist municipalities and regional efforts to expand this access which is necessary to support our economy.

Aging in Maine

Maine is beginning a statewide comprehensive conversation about how we are aging and Jess has been leading the way. Planning for the next decade of the needs of older people, aging in place, healthcare, and transportation infrastructure will not only help us better serve our aging population, but make Maine a better place to live for all of us.

Workforce

Maine has made significant investments in career and technical education over the last four years. We should continue current public-private partnerships that are fostering communication between business and the University, Community College and technical training organizations that are educating Maine’s workforce - not only for jobs available now, but for the jobs of the future.

Opiate Epidemic

If we are going to be more successful at tackling the opiate epidemic, we are going to have to provide better healthcare, education and social supports for those struggling with substance use disorder. By training more healthcare professionals in treatment best practices and making sure those who need it get the most effective treatment, we can begin to tackle this problem. Substance use disorder is a medical problem and not a moral failing, and we should treat it as such.

Economy

The COVID 19 pandemic created significant economic hardships for Maine's people and businesses and coupled with global supply chain issues, has highlighted existing weaknesses in our economy.

There isn't a simple fix, but Maine people expect their representatives to work together to find policies that will help solve these problems.

Maine people are struggling to pay the electric and gas bills and we need to hold big oil companies and utilities like CMP accountable for making record profits while regular folks struggle to pay the bills.

Access to affordable housing is a serious barrier for increased economic growth - retail, healthcare and public safety workers should be able to afford to live in the communities they serve.

Awards and Recognition

Maine Council on Aging Legislator of the Year 2019

This award recognizes and celebrates the sustained efforts of legislative leaders who actively champion legislative initiatives that improve the health, safety and economic security of older Mainers and/or increase and improve access to quality aging services.

Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence Champions of Change Award

Each year MCEDV recognizes community partners who have made significant contributions to changing the way Mainers understand and respond to domestic violence and abuse. Champions of Change understand that we all have a part to play in ending domestic violence. Representative Fay was recognized for her work in the 129th Legislature for sponsoring and passing groundbreaking legislation to address the issue of economic abuse and the role it plays in domestic violence and abuse.

Independence Association Legislator of the Year 2020

The Independence Association is a Maine-based nonprofit organization that works to assist adults and children with disabilities in obtaining full and inclusive lives in their chosen communities. The “Legislator of the Year” award is given annually to an elected official who embodies the spirit of Independence Association through their advocacy on behalf of individuals with disabilities.

Defend Our Health Legislative Leadership Award

This award recognizes Rep. Fay's dedication and integrity and leadership for the Toxics in Food Packaging Law which protects the health of children and families by phasing out dangerous chemicals in food packaging.

Recognition and Awards

Maine Council on Aging Legislator of the Year 2021

This award recognizes and celebrates the sustained efforts of legislative leaders who actively champion legislative initiatives that improve the health, safety and economic security of older Mainers and/or increase and improve access to quality aging services.

Maine Association for Community Service Providers Legislative Champion Award 2021

MACSP is the association of community service providers supporting children and adults with Intellectual Disabilities, Autism and Brain Injuries across Maine. This award honors Rep. Fay's outstanding efforts on behalf of people with intellectual disabilities and the direct care workers supporting them.

In Support of Rep. Fay

Frank McDermott, Raymond

" In attending her local office hours in the District, I’ve found her to be an active listener and a very engaged representative. She is a passionate advocate for our community and is a sensible, common-sense voice for her constituents."

State Senator Bill Diamond

"After working with Rep. Fay on issues affecting our region, I've been impressed with her leadership and ability to get things done for her constituents."

Cathy Dodge, Raymond

"Jessica is running for her third term in the Maine House of Representatives. She has done a stellar job representing her constituents in Raymond, Casco and Poland. She is always willing to answer questions and listen to our concerns. She is an active and integral part of our community. As a local Realtor, I had questions recently about changes to Shoreland Zoning in regards to septic system inspections. Jessica was quick to answer my questions and supply me with additional resources to help me navigate the new laws. We are fortunate to have Jessica represent us and she will have our vote this November!"

Dr. Jane Pentheny, Poland

"If we had more people in government who were willing to listen, to see all sides, to compromise, who were willing to work across the aisle in order to get things done, then we would have more leaders like Jess Fay!"

Leigh and Brian Walker, Raymond

“Over the past four years, Jessica Fay has proven herself to be an excellent representative for the people of District 66 - she is an outstanding listener, makes herself available to constituents on a regular basis, is responsive to questions and requests and, most importantly, is thoughtful in her voting. As voters who vote across party lines, we are honored to heartily endorse Jessica Fay for a third term representing the people of District 66.”

Wendy Thoren, Raymond

"I’ve known Jessica for almost 20 years. We first met when as the owner of Raymond Village Florist she delivered flowers to staff at Raymond Elementary School. She always made her deliveries with a smile and a kind word, and went out of her way to make sure she knew what the staff’s favorite flowers were. She even volunteered her time to teach flower arranging to first grade students, and the children loved it! Representative Fay always makes an effort to connect with the people in her district the same way she connects with her floral design customers.“

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