House District 131: Dotty Caldwell and Karl Ward

In House District 131, made up of the Hancock County towns of Dedham, Orland, Otis, Penobscot and Verona Island and Prospect and Stockton Springs in Waldo County, Democrat Dotty Caldwell is challenging incumbent Republican Karl Ward.

Dotty Caldwell
Dotty Caldwell

Name: Dotty Caldwell
Age: 67
Residence: Penobscot
Party: Democrat
Present employment: Mental health counselor (LCPC), semi-retired
Highest level of education completed: Master of education, plus a certificate of advanced study in counseling
Previous elected public office(s) held: None

Personal statement:
I believe each of us must do what we can to respond to the issues that impact the quality of life in our homes, communities, state, nation, and planet. We must preserve and protect our environment, boost our economy, and effectively attend to the health and welfare of Mainers all across the economic spectrum.

I have learned from my experiences as a small business owner, volunteer, and professional within the community and beyond, and have developed skills to help create positive change. I want to take this experience to our state government, to help it better respond to the needs of its citizens.

I was disappointed by the opportunities missed in the last legislative session, and would like to do my part to pass bipartisan legislation that is still consistent with my very deeply held values. This would include overriding gubernatorial vetoes when necessary.



Karl Ward
Karl Ward

Name: Karl Ward
Age: 52
Residence: Dedham
Party: Republican
Present employment: President of Nickerson & O’Day, Inc. (construction)
Highest level of education completed: B.S. Construction Management, University of Maine at Orono
Previous elected public office(s) held: State representative (two years)

Personal statement:
When I ran in 2014, I made several pledges:

1) I would vote my constituent’s conscience over my own or party’s

2) I would refuse PAC, party and taxpayer funding of my campaign

3) I would donate my legislative pay to the youth across my District

4) I would not accept any appointed or lobbying job as a result of my service to the state, and

5) I would hit the ground running with good bills.

I’ve kept them all, voting to override 160 vetoes, self-funding my campaign, providing funding for school projects in Otis, Dedham and Penobscot, scholarships in Verona and Prospect, a playground in Orland and a children’s library expansion in Stockton Springs, and authoring/co-sponsoring 190 legislative measures, including the Cold Case Homicide Squad Bill, the landmark “Right to Try” Bill, Constitutional Carry Bill, welfare reform bills and more.

I’m running because I think I can continue to make a difference in the communities I serve as I have in my first term.

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