MOUNT VERNON — State Rep. Pat Jones, D-Mount Vernon, has announced her bid to seek a third term for District 83, which includes the towns of Belgrade, Fayette, Manchester, Mount Vernon and Vienna. A 40-year resident of Mount Vernon, Jones is the widow of former Rep. Deane Jones. She has two grown children and one granddaughter.
Pat Jones retired from the Maine Bureau of Health after 25 years of service as a program manager for statewide public health programs. She has a master’s degree in public administration, with a focus on health policy. She has served on local school boards and a number of community groups.
According to Jones, “I am proud of our legislative work over this last session to minimize the budget cuts by restructuring state government to reduce the number of job losses. I am proud of the jobs we worked hard to retain,” including home-based care workers for the elderly, teachers and health care workers.
While in office, Jones worked to reduce medical costs while improving services, and received the 2010 “Dental Health Hero” award from the Maine Dental Access Coalition. She supports job creation through various legislation to increase weatherization and energy efficient programs to reduce dependence on oil.
While serving on the state legislative Health and Human Services Committee, Jones was appointed to serve on the the National Council of State Legislatures to work on health care reform. She was also recently appointed to serve as House chair of the Kinship Task Force.
Jones hosts a cable TV show on state and local issues that can be seen on community cable and Time Warner stations.