BAR HARBOR, Maine — Two local residents have announced publicly that they intend to run for the legislative seat now held by Rep. Elsie Flemings.
Flemings, a Democrat, has represented District 35 in the Maine House of Representatives for two terms. District 35 consists of the towns of Bar Harbor, Southwest Harbor, Cranberry Isles and part of Mount Desert.
Flemings, who works as community relations and development director for a local nonprofit, said Tuesday in an email that she has decided not to run because of “important family changes and commitments.” She indicated that she supports the candidacy of Brian Hubbell, a Democrat who has said he plans to run for the seat. Hubbell is a construction project manager and has served for four terms as an elected member of Bar Harbor’s school board.
Hubbell’s opponent will be Republican Paul Paradis, who owns and operates a local hardware store and has served on the Bar Harbor Town Council for three terms.
According to information posted Tuesday on the Maine Secretary of State’s website, Paradis has filed as a candidate for the statewide primary election June 12, 2012, but Hubbell has not. The deadline for filing as a candidate for the primary election is March 15.