BRUNSWICK, Maine — Ralph L. Tucker filed nomination petitions Tuesday with the Secretary of State’s Election Division, seeking election to House District 50 in the Maine House of Representatives from Brunswick.
Tucker is a retired Maine District Court judge, and served on the Brunswick School Board 1994-1999 and Town Council in 2005. This nomination will secure Tucker a place on the Brunswick ballot in the June 10 Democratic primary. Newly numbered House District 50 covers most of the eastern half of Brunswick, including the former Naval Air Station, Bowdoin College, two regional hospitals and many residential neighborhoods.
Representative Charles Priest, who resides in H.D. 50, is barred from running again due to term limits.
Judge Tucker and his wife Nancy have resided in Brunswick since 1977 and raised three children: Ben, Abe and Ruth, who all attended Brunswick public schools, K-12. A graduate of Hobart College in 1969 and the University of Maine School of Law in 1974, Judge Tucker was an attorney in private practice for 19 years and a partner at the Topsham law firm McTeague Higbee, representing injured workers, the disabled, employees and local unions.
He also worked 11 years on the Workers Compensation Commission (1981 to 1992), and was named head of that state agency by both Govs. Brennan (1985) and McKernan (1990), with legislative approval. He was appointed to the District Court by Gov. Baldacci in 2005.
In a December letter to Brunswick voters, Judge Tucker said, “We can’t accept the status quo. Over the last few years our state government has neglected two basic principles of a democracy: respect for all citizens, and commitment to help those with real needs. I want a government that understands its obligation to give the interests of every citizen a fair hearing. I believe my background as a judge could lend weight to this effort. . . . What Maine needs today is a civil and constructive discourse on how we can provide good public schools; better environmental safeguards; universal health care coverage; fair taxes; and stable economic growth. We must strive for a more just and equitable society.”