State Representative for House District 66
Rep. Jessica Fay, a small business owner and community volunteer, is serving her second term in the Maine House of Representatives. She serves on the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, the Joint Standing Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and is the House co-chair of the Legislative Caucus on Aging.
Fay’s passion for protecting Maine’s environment has stemmed from time spent at her family’s camp on Sebago Lake in Raymond, where she learned to swim, paddle and sail at a young age. She and her husband Kevin moved to Raymond two decades 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 worked in the public sector as well as served on volunteer and elected boards and committees. Inspired by this service, Representative Fay volunteers at the local Library, is a past Trustee, founded a volunteer-based Age-Friendly Community initiative 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.
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.
Our region’s economy is heavily dependent on our wonderful environment and excellent water quality. States can fight against roll backs in environmental protections at the federal EPA by making sure our state protections remain robust. Better planning to address the impacts of climate change on our infrastructure and environment will become even more important. As we attempt to deal with invasive species, increased pollution from runoff, and public health issues like tick-bourne diseases, Maine will need strong advocates in the Legislature.
Maine is near the bottom in access to true broadband internet. Our next generation of workers and employers will expect and need faster upload and download speeds to conduct business. The state can assist municipalities and regional efforts to expand this access which will become increasingly necessary to support our economy.
It is past time for a statewide comprehensive conversation about how we are aging. 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.
Maine can continue current public-private partnerships that are fostering communication between business and the University, Community College and technical training organizations to educate Maine’s workforce - not only for jobs available now, but for the jobs of the future.
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.
The COVID 19 pandemic has created significant economic hardships for Maine's people and businesses. In order to get through this crisis and strengthen our communities, we must support people and families, stabilize Maine's businesses by encouraging innovation and workforce, and invest in critical infrastructure like broadband and transportation.
The pandemic has both created and highlighted the weaknesses in our economy and we should build on the work already being done in order to thrive in a post COVID-19 economy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
" 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."
"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."
"I would like to voice my support for Jessica Fay in her re-election bid to the Maine House of Representatives. My husband, Gary and I have lived in Raymond since 1995. We found this beautiful community while working for Lockheed/Martin in CA. We have made a wonderful life in Raymond and have made many friends. I am lucky to count Jessica Fay as one of them! 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!"
"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!"
“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.”
"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.“