Candidates step forward in Warren, Rockport for Maine House seats

Posted Jan. 14, 2014, at 1:48 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 15, 2014, at 11:25 a.m.

A former legislator from Warren wants to return to Augusta and a political newcomer from Rockport is seeking the House seat from the Camden-Rockport district.

Wesley Richardson of Warren announced Monday he was seeking to return to the Legislature. A Republican, he served four terms in the House representing the Warren area.

Richardson is running in newly reconfigured House District 95, which includes Warren, Hope, Appleton and most of Union. When Richardson served from 2004 to 2012, he represented a district that included Warren, Union, Friendship and Cushing.

Richardson is running as a privately financed candidate.

The Warren resident said he enjoyed his eight years in the Legislature and wants to return to serve his community. Richardson retired as president of the Waldoboro Bank, served on the board of School Administrative District 40, and while in the House served on the Insurance and Financial Affairs Committee.

There are no other candidates in the race and there is no incumbent because of the redistricting.

Owen Casas of Rockport announced Tuesday he is seeking the Maine House District 94 seat that represents Camden and Rockport.

Casas grew up in the nearby community of Washington, served 4½ years in the Marine Corps, and graduated in May from the University of Maine at Augusta with a degree in applied sciences and a minor in business.

Casas is an unenrolled candidate.

The seat is held by Democratic Rep. Joan Welsh of Rockport. She said Tuesday she would seek a fourth term.

Casas said one of his main themes will be to call for sustainability in areas such as energy and fishing.

CORRECTION:

A previous version of this story requires corrrection. The years of Rep. Richardson’s prior service in the Legislature was incorrect in the original version. Richardson served from 2004 through 2012, not 1994-2001 as previously stated.

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