Republican Candidate -- District 19
Jeffrey Pierce born and raised in Augusta Maine learned personal responsibility and service to his community at a very young age. While growing up he mowed lawns, shoveled snow, delivered newspapers, and participated further in serving his community as a Boy Scout.
In High School Jeffrey began his love of carpentry while working local carpenters. Working closely with Maine's carpenters Jeff learned the value of managing time resources, being efficient and providing cost effective materials in order to complete a job.
Jeffrey, who loves the outdoors life that Maine provides, continued to provide service at Saddleback Mountain as a Junior Ski Patrol member and enjoying the Maine winters skiing in the outdoors and helping people have a save and enjoyable day.
Upon graduating from High School in 1980 Jeffrey went to work for the Maine Department of Conservation as a Park Ranger at Popham Beach, Two Lights, and Cape Elizabeth State Parks. His duties included participating in search and rescue operations, public safety awareness, facility maintenance, and the protection of state park property.
In 1987 Jeff's passion for carpentry returned. He went to work for a skilled craftsman based in Woolwich with expertise in historical renovations. Jeff's listened closely to the experts in many different fields and used that information to developed his skills for the future.
In 1989 Jeffrey was in the early stages of operating his own independent contracting company and preparing for the start of his family after Ann Kinch, his fiancé of 3 years, agreed to marry. The wedding took place at Phippsburg Center Church and they took residency in Popham Beach.
By 1991 Jeff had developed his business where he was known as a man of skill, knowledge, and hard work. During the expansion of his business Jeff and Ann were also enjoying the growth of their family. In 1990 and in 1991 they had two sons Benjamin and Zachary.
With the growth of both the business and the family Jeffrey moved to Bath and was involved in a major historical renovation of the Sewall House former site of the Maine Maritime Museum. During the next 7 years Jeffrey Ann worked on thier dream of growing thier families future.
By 1998 Jeffrey's business and family had outgrown their place in Bath and he moved his operations and family to Dresden. Jeffrey currently lives and works from his Dresden location and continues to grow in Maine as a highly regarded business owner and family man that provides quality and skill.
After moving to Dresden Jeff began his part in the restoration of the Alewife run at Dresden Mill Brook and completed his resoration by recording the first Alewife harvest in the Dresden Mill Brook in over 20 years.
After the success of the Alewife restoration, and common knowledge of him being someone that can execute and complete a plan, Jeffrey was approach by the Dresden Town Fathers who asked him to join the town's planning board.
Jeffrey accepted and has been serving the Dresden community ever since 2002.
In 2006 Jeffrey initiated an Alewife tagging program in cooperation with the Maine Department of Marine Resources and University of Southern Maine Aquatics Program at Mill Brook. This was the only East Coat biological data collection study performed in conjunction with these two organizations.
The founding of the Alewife harvesters of Maine was in 2007 where Jeffrey created a group dedicated to preserving Maine's heritage of commercial alewife harvest within local communities thereby protecting and creating jobs throughout Maine.
This newly formed organization worked closely with Maine Department of Marine Resources, and provided Jeff the opportunity to lead the alewife scale sampling program. This totally voluntary program was the first time where alewife harvesters around Maine organized and supplied data on the migrations and spawning habits of the Alewife.
By bringing together the alewife harvesters and providing focus on Maine's alewife future, Jeff was able to purpose a plan based on real data in opposition to Ammendment 2. Ammendment 2 was before Federal Regulators at the Atlantic States Maritime Fishing Commission's annual meeting.
If Amendment 2 had passed it could have banned Alewife harvest completely from Maine.
During the next year Jeff made 8 more trips to Washington to oppose Amendment 2 that if approved would deeply cut into Maine's heritage and employment. On each of these trips Jeffrey presented solutions on the sustainability of the alewife and was committed to the continued operations of alewife fisheries.
Through the efforts of Jeffrey and the effort of all alewife harvesters around Maine the Maine’s Alewife Sustainability Proposal was accepted in 2010 with an unanimous vote.
This success saved more than 200 jobs in Maine while protecting 41 communities municipal right to harvest Alewives.
Although this was driven for the benefit of Maine's workforce and communities it also effected harvesting plans in other states along the Atlantic coast.
In 2008 Jeff served on the Dresden Municipal Committee with focus on the Dresden Fire Station Contruction Project.
2011 Jeffrey became Chairman of Dresden Planning Board and now also leads the Dresden Comprehensive Workshops.
Most recently, March 2012, Jeffrey was Unanimously re-elected as Executive Director while attending the Maine's Fishermans forum, Alewife Harvesters of Maine's annual meeting.