Maine House District 94 Candidate Joan Welsh: The economy, health care …

October 13th, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

Incumbent Joan Welsh (D-Rockport) seeks reelection to the Maine House of Representatives serving  Camden, Islesboro and Rockport. She is in a three-way race against Independent Owen Casas, of Rockport, and Ron Bovasso (R-Camden).

Welsh grew up in the west (California and Nevada) and attended Pomona College and the University of Colorado, earning a bachelor’s degree in English).

She was an Air Force wife of a rescue helicopter pilot who served in Viet Nam. They raised our family in Boulder, Colorado, where she lived for 25 years before moving to Maine in 1991.

Her work included being the cofounder and ED of a domestic violence organization in Colorado. She also served as chair of the Colorado Domestic Violence Coalition and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  In Maine, she served as President/CEO of Hurricane Island Outward Bound through the 1990s, then as director of Student and Academic Affairs of Rockport College and Deputy Director of the Natural Resources Council of Maine. She retired in 2008 when she ran for the Maine Legislature.


PBP: What are the three most pressing issues facing Maine today, and how would you like to see them resolved?  

The economy, health care and education. 

 Economy:  We need to support our small businesses through access to capital (micro loans, CEI, FAME), technical support (via DECD, Chambers of Commerce, and others).  We need to recruit and support renewable energy manufacturing and businesses, both wind (on and offshore that is appropriately placed), tidal power, solar power.  We need to encourage our carbon fiber manufacturers (currently in

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