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Originally published in Castine Patriot, June 7, 2018 and Island Ad-Vantages, June 7, 2018 and The Weekly Packet, June 7, 2018
Republican candidates

Primary Election 2018 Archive
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Kenneth Fredette, Newport
Political: State Representative, District 100, 2010-present. Current Leader of the House Republican Caucus for the 126th, 127th and 128th Maine State Legislatures.
Professional: State Representative, Attorney.
Education: University of Maine at Machias (1997); University of Maine School of Law (1994); Harvard University (2010).
Personal: Grew up in Danforth; two children; member of the Fraternal Brotherhood of Masons and the Knights of Columbus; coaches baseball and basketball.
Top Issues: Rebuild Maine’s infrastructure for a 21st century economy, improve quality of life for Maine citizens.

Garrett Mason, Lisbon
Political: State Senator, District 22, 2011-present. Current Senate Majority Leader.
Professional: State Senator, Realtor.
Education: Pensacola Christian College (2006); Southern New Hampshire University; Art Institute of Pittsburgh.
Personal: Seventh generation Maine resident; enjoys the outdoors, including camping, hiking and skiing.
Top Issues: Tax reform, improving the quality of public education.

Mary Mayhew, China
Political: Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services, 2011-2017.
Professional: Self-employed consultant.
Education: University of Arkansas.
Personal: Born in Pittsfield. Moved to Washington, D.C. at age 17; moved back to Maine in 1990; two sons.
Top Issues: Eliminate state income tax, prioritize work across welfare programs, align education to workforce needs.

Shawn Moody, Gorham
Political: Named to the University of Maine System and Maine Community College System boards by Governor Paul LePage.
Professional: Business owner, Moody’s Collision Centers.
Education: Gorham High School.
Personal: Grew up in Gorham; married to wife Chrissi for 30 years and has four adult children, Danielle, Jim, Ben and Nate, and two grandchildren, Amelia and Jacquelin. They have lived in the same home in Gorham for over 30 years.
Top Issues: Creating good paying jobs and growing Maine’s economy, fighting government waste and lowering taxes.

United States Senate

Eric Brakey, Auburn
Political: Current State Senator for District 20.
Professional: State Senator; Financial Records Manager for Brakey Energy.
Education: Honors Tutorial College.
Personal: Acts in the Lewiston/Auburn Community Little Theater company, volunteers with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Androscoggin County.

Max Linn, Bar Harbor
(Candidate disqualified, still on the ballot.)

Representative to Congress, District 2

Bruce Poliquin, Oakland
Political: Representative, U.S. Congress, 2014-present; Treasurer, State of Maine, 2010-12; candidate, United States Senate, 2012; candidate, Maine Governor, 2010.
Professional: Principal, Avatar Investors Associates Corporation, 1981-1996; Evaluation Associates,Inc., 1978; Harris Trust and Savings Bank, 1976; Private Sector Business Owner/Manager.
Education: Harvard University, degree in Economics.
Personal: Widowed, one son. Former board member of Natural Resources Council of Maine.

Maine House District 131
(Includes: Dedham, Orland, Otis, Penobscot, Verona Island and two towns in Waldo County.)

Karleton Ward, Dedham
Political: Current Representative for District 131.
Professional: CEO of Nickerson and O’Day, Inc.
Education: University of Maine-Orono, degrees in Civil Engineering and Construction Management.
Personal: Married to Kathy Ward, three children. Born and raised in Maine. Self-proclaimed Red Sox fan.

Maine House District 133
(Includes: Blue Hill, Brooklin, Brooksville, Castine, Sedgwick and Surry.)

Nancy Colwell, Surry
Political: Ran and lost against Ralph Chapman in 2016.
Professional: Risk Manager at Maine Shellfish Company.
Education: Husson University, University of Maine-Orono.
Personal: Served on the Board of Directors for Action Opportunities and the Board of the Handcrafted Soap Makers Guild. Military mother of two grown children.

Maine House District 134
(Includes: Deer Isle, Stonington, Isle au Haut, six other towns in Hancock County and two other towns in Knox County.)

Philip Brady Jr., Deer Isle
Political: Former town chairman for the Deer Isle Republicans.
Professional: Director of Advanced Hypnosis Center in Deer Isle, owner of Joseph C. Lincoln Books.
Education: Rochester Institute of Technology.
Personal: Has served as a firefighter, part-time police officer and emergency manager; worked with the Red Cross.

Maine Senate District 7
(Includes: Blue Hill, Brooklin, Brooksville, Deer Isle, Sedgwick, Stonington, Surry and 22 other towns in Hancock County.)

Richard Malaby, Hancock
Political: Current Maine House of Representatives for District 136.
Professional: Innkeper at the Crocker House Country Inn, Hancock.
Education: Michigan State University, University of Maine-Orono.
Personal: Lives in Hancock, married to wife Elizabeth, three children.

Maine Senate District 8
(Includes: Castine, Penobscot and 19 other towns in Hancock and Penobscot counties.)

Kimberley Rosen, Bucksport.
Political: Current State Senator representing District 8. Previously served four terms in the Maine House of Representatives.
Professional: Business owner, cosmetologist.
Education: University of Maine-Orono, D’Lor Beauty School in Brewer.
Personal: She and husband Richard live in Bucksport with their children. She is a member of the Taylor Foundation’s board and has served as a member of the board of Next Step, the Ronald McDonald House and Patawa Club in Bangor.

Maine Senate District 12
(Includes: Isle au Haut and 18 other towns in Knox County.)

Wendy Pelletier, Hope
Political: Candidate, Maine House of Representatives, 2010 and 2016. Served on the Hope Board of Selectmen.
Professional: Manicurist.
Education: High school diploma, Cony High School, Augusta.
Personal: Married with six children.

Judge of Probate,Hancock County

William Blaisdell, Ellsworth
Political: Has served as Hancock County Judge of Probate since January of 2015.
Professional: Current Hancock County Judge of Probate.
Education: University of Dayton School of Law.
Personal: Resides in Ellsworth. Married with three children.

Registrar of Deeds, Hancock County

Julie Curtis, Eastbrook
Political: Has served as Hancock County Registrar of Deeds since January 2015.
Professional: Hancock County Registrar of Deeds.
Education: Ellsworth High School.

Hancock County Sheriff

Scott Kane, Brooksville
Political: Elected to serve as Hancock County Sheriff in 2015.
Professional: Current Hancock County Sheriff; served as Deputy Sheriff from 1991-2015.
Education: Graduate, Criminal Justice Academy, 1992; attended the University of Maine-Presque Isle and the University of Maine-Orono.
Personal: Married, outdoorsman, high school baseball coach at George Stevens Academy.

Hancock County

District Attorney

Matthew Foster
Political: City of Ellsworth Zoning Board of Appeals, 2004-06 and 2006-09.
Professional: Current District Attorney (2015-present).
Education: University of Maine-Orono; Suffolk University; Suffolk School of Law.
Personal: Member of the Masons, Lygonia Lodge #40; former member of Anah Shrine; married with one daughter.

County Commissioner
Percy Brown, Deer Isle
Political: Served as county commissioner from 1998-2002, and 2006-present.
Professional: Vice President of Percy Brown and Son, Inc.
Education: Southern Maine Community College; Wentworth Institute of Technology.
Personal: Served on Deer Isle Planning Board and Appeals Board, the board of advisors for the Washington County Community College, and the Plumbers Examination Board.