In House District 133, which is made up of Blue Hill, Brooklin, Brooksville, Castine, Sedgwick and Surry, incumbent Democrat Ralph Chapman is being challenged by Republican Nancy Colwell.
Name: Ralph Chapman
Present employment: Weatherization Training Center director and education consultant
Highest level of education completed: B.S. in applied physics from Tufts University
Previous elected public office(s) held: Brooksville Budget & Advisory Committee (six years), State Representative (six years)
I am running for re-election to my fourth term as state representative. Of particular importance to our region is protecting our environment, supporting our small diversified farmers, and promoting employee ownership structures for our small businesses.
As the only Maine legislator to offer competing legislation against attempts to bring open pit metal mining back into our state, and the only state representative to represent a district that has had any commercial metal mining in the last century, it is very important for me to continue to inject scientific expertise into public policy around mining.
The issue is back, since the LePage administration is submitting yet another set of faulty mining rules to the Legislature this winter.
I will continue to get the local food sovereignty ordinances, enacted locally and around the state, enacted statewide to support small diversified farms. This is important because it is one of the few growth industries attracting young families to our area.
Employee stock ownership plans and worker-owned cooperatives provide structures for continuing small family owned businesses as their owners get ready to retire. I want to continue the work I have started on promoting these ownership structures through state policy.
Name: Nancy Colwell
Present employment: Controller at Atlantic Boat Co. in Brooklin
Previous elected public office(s) held: None
I am running for office because we are losing our state. We have outside influences that come into our state to try and pass their own agendas.
They don’t care about the people of Maine and they don’t care what we want. They just want to pass their own agenda. What befalls Mainers after that, they care little about. It has to stop.
In Augusta I want to tackle the issues that keep the people in this district up at night. Can I afford the fuel to heat my home, my medications, food? Jobs, education, veterans rights, commercial fisheries and the drug epidemic.
Lastly, I believe that the wants and needs of Mainers come before non-citizens. We as individuals cannot afford the liberal agenda. Our children cannot afford the liberal agenda.
I can promise you that if you call me I will return your call and I will represent all the people in this district, not just a select group. And my vote in the legislature will represent the majority of the wishes of the people in this district.