Party affiliation: Republican
Social media accounts: N/A
Occupation: Credit Union President/CEO
Education: B.S. Business, M.S. Organizational Leadership, So. NH University
Community Organizations: All Saints Parish, NYA Board of Trustees, Maine Credit Unions for Ending Hunger, Special Olympics
Personal information (hobbies, etc.): Gardening, crafts
Family status: Married 31+ years with 2 grown children
Years in the Legislature: N/A
Committee assignments (if elected): Insurance and Financial Affairs

Q&A

1) What legislation do you support, if any, to address the state’s opiate crisis?

Ensure law enforcement and judges have the resources they need. More stringent sentencing, enhanced drug education and prevention programs for youth, and medically supervised recovery are also needed.

2) What legislation do you support, if any, to address failures in the state’s child abuse prevention system?

The primary responsibility for raising children and keeping them safe lies with the family. When families fail, the state must respond effectively and investigate all abuse reports.

3) Should schools continue to push forward with proficiency-based diplomas? Why or why not?

No. It sounds reasonable in concept, however, in practice, proficiency-based grading has unintended negative consequences – confusion, slow progress through curriculum, and reduced student effort.

4) Are you in favor of some type of universal health care for Maine residents? Why, or why not?

No. I believe that government-run health care is too expensive, comes with rationed treatment, long wait times, and transfers the financial burden disproportionately.

5) Do you support Question 1 (the 3.8% tax to fund the home care program)? Why, or why not?

No. Legal scholars have said Question One is unconstitutional. The small print is an attempt to boost union membership by making these home caregivers state employees.

6) Are you frustrated by the political sniping, exaggeration and even lies between the parties and their supporters that have threatened progress usually reached through respect and reasoned compromise? If so, what will you personally do to make the situation better?

Yes. I pledge never to resort to this type of behavior. I will respectfully speak to others and listen to all opinions offered in a reciprocal manner. My goal is always to find solutions.

7) Tell voters something about yourself that they don’t already know, and might surprise them.

Wife of retired Navy serviceman, Iraq War veteran, I’ve spent 30+ years as a not-for-profit financial cooperative professional where the focus has been, is, and always will be service and community.

Speed round: Should voters be required to show ID at the polls?

Yes.