MACHIAS, Maine — Daniel Swain, 22, of Machias has announced he is running as an independent candidate for state representative in the November elections.
Swain will graduate from the University of Maine at Machias this May with a degree in history and public administration.
“Ever since I went to the State House on a sixth-grade trip I’ve been involved in politics and government, everything from simply watching the news to working on a campaign. My passion has grown to the extent that I am now running for state rep,” he said in a prepared statement.
Swain previously planned to run for a legislative seat but was a month too young, so instead he tried his hand in the Democratic primary for Washington County commissioner and narrowly lost.
Last June, Swain ran for a Machias selectman’s seat and came in fourth out of seven candidates.
Now, he said, he is even more prepared to be elected to represent House District 32, which covers Roque Bluffs, Machias, Machiasport, Whiting-Trescott, Cutler, Lubec and Eastport.
Swain grew up in Canaan and moved to Machias to start college.
“Ever since I’ve moved here, I’ve seen so much possibility; I want to help foster that. I fell in love with the area and the community. I came here with not even a fork and a plate to eat with, the people got together and helped me, and I want to give back,” he said in the statement.
In the past three years Swain has coached a Destination Imagination team at the Rose M. Gaffney School, started an after school program for high school students at the UMM radio station, led UMM students on community service ventures, attended Washington County Leadership Institute and served on various boards of directors.
Also running for state representative are incumbent Dave Burns, a Republican from Whiting, and Katherine Cassidy, a Democrat from Machias.
Swain may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 271-0317.