Representative Jessica Fay, a small business owner and community volunteer, is serving her first term in the Maine House of Representatives. She serves on the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources and the House Standing Committee on Bills in the Second Reading.
Rep. 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 almost 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 serves on the Maine Partnership for Environmental Stewardship Community Advisory Board at St. Joseph’s College of Maine.
Representative 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.
Maine is being left behind by the rest of New England in developing solar energy. We have the opportunity to change that. Solar and other renewables like tidal, biomass and appropriately sited wind energy can make Maine a leader in the green energy sector. By allowing community solar and rolling back changes in Maine’s net metering law, we can work towards reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.