Ripley legislator announces bid for state Senate seat

Posted March 21, 2010, at 9:07 p.m.

RIPLEY, Maine — Rep. Douglas A. Thomas, R-Ripley, has announced he is seeking the Senate District 27 seat being vacated by Sen. Douglas M. Smith of Dover-Foxcroft.

Smith, who has served two terms in the Senate and three terms in the House, decided not to run for re-election in order to spend more time with his family.

Thomas has served the towns of Athens, Harmony, Ripley, Dexter, Garland and Charleston in the Maine House.

He has served on the Transportation Committee for six years, which has jurisdiction over the Department of Transportation, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, motor vehicle registration and license plates, driver’s licenses and the Maine Turnpike Authority. It also oversees highway and bridge construction and maintenance. He also served on the Labor Committee for two years.

Senate District 27 stretches from Palmyra in Somerset County to Chesuncook Township in Piscataquis County and Patten in Penobscot County.

Thomas can be reached at 277-3017 or firewood@tds.net.

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