June 24, 2018
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Knox County Republican candidates start races for House seats

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

Two Knox County Republican candidates — a retired police officer and a former banker — have announced plans to run for the Legislature.

Retired Rockland police Lt. Michael Collins of Thomaston filed paperwork with the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Elections last week to seek the Republican nomination for Maine House District 48 seat.

The seat, which represents Thomaston, St. George, South Thomaston, Matinicus Island Plantation, Criehaven, and part of Owls Head, is held by Democratic Rep. Chuck Kruger of Thomaston. Kruger is seeking re-election for a third term.

Collins worked 25 years with the Rockland Police Department, reaching the position of lieutenant, before retiring in 2000. Since then he has worked for MVM Inc. which provides security for federal buildings, including the Social Security Administration offices in Rockland.

Retired banker Robert Carter of Warren has filed paperwork to seek the Maine House District 49 seat. The district represents Cushing, Friendship, Union and Warren.

The seat is held by Rep. Wesley Richardson, R-Warren. Richardson is completing his fourth consecutive term in the House and is unable to run for the seat this year because of the state’s term limits law.

No other candidates have filed paperwork or announced plans to run for the seat.

Carter spent 14 years in education including as principal of the Frank D. Rowe School in Warren and the Warren Primary School. He then had a banking career with the Waldoboro Bank, Union Trust Co. and Camden National Bank.

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