Karen Vachon has been a resident of Scarborough since 1986. Married to Peter for 29 years, they have three sons; Jay, Sam, and Thomas. She is a resident of Higgins Beach.
Karen is in her freshman term serving the people of Coastal Scarborough District 29 in the Maine House. She works hard in Augusta – 100% attendance and 100% voting record. She serves on the Health & Human Services committee and has successfully introduced, sponsored/co-sponsored, and passed healthcare legislation earning her the reputation as a strong bi-partisan collaborator. Some accomplishments include:
- Sponsored and passed:
- Needle Exchange Bill
- Medicaid Ombudsman Bill
- Co-Sponsored and passed:
- Naloxone Bill
- PMP Opioid Bill
- Comprehensive Drug Bill
- Recognized for:
- Work on lead paint legislation by Maine Affordable Housing Coalition
- Awarded for work on safe well water legislation by Prevent Harm
- Looking out for seniors by protecting MSP/DEL program by AARP
- Returning $294,679 in unclaimed property to her constituents
Karen holds a BA in Business Administration from New England College. Her career has given her a breadth of experience across the business spectrum, as National Account Manager for Warner-Lambert pharmaceuticals and Archway Mother’s Cookies, public relations specialist for Scarborough Downs, and for the past seven years as a successful health insurance agent in southern Maine.
No stranger to community involvement, Karen currently serves on the board of directors for the Scarborough Community Chamber of Commerce and Russell’s Garden Center. She serves on the town’s Resiliency Committee. She has served Project GRACE, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Past President of Scarborough Rotary Club, the Scarborough 350th anniversary celebration, and the Scarborough Senior Advisory Committee. She has authored two weekly columns for local newspapers: “Karen’s Corner” and “Better With Age,”
Karen is optimistic. She believes in people; government needs to rein in taxes and regulation by controlling, prioritizing, and redirecting spending, to restore people’s freedom and confidence so they can pursue their dreams, encourage a creative economy, and grow jobs.