Brown to seek fifth County Commission term

Percy “Joe” Brown is seeking a fifth term as Hancock County commissioner.

ELLSWORTH — Percy L. Brown Jr. has announced his candidacy for re-election for Hancock County commissioner in District II, which includes Bucksport, Verona Island, Orland, Dedham, Penobscot, Castine, Brooksville, Brooklin, Sedgwick, Deer Isle and Stonington.

Brown, who is presently serving his fourth term, said county government needs to examine new ways to provide county services and remain affordable to the property tax payer.

During the past few years, the county commissioners have used wind farm money and grants to upgrade the mechanical systems at the courthouse facility and improve emergency communications with a new ratio tower system located on Mount Waldo. This was much needed for District II and the western part of the county.

Brown has been instrumental in forming the Hancock County Workforce Recovery Program for those with substance abuse problems.

Brown, who resides in Deer Isle, is vice president of Percy L. Brown & Son Inc. Plumbing and Heating and Fuels. He has been active in local affairs having served on a number of local and state boards and committees.

The commissioner is a past commander of Rodney Stinson American Post No. 102. Brown served on the Northeastern Workforce Board, the advisory board at Washington County Community College, Eastern Maine Development Board and Maine County Commissioners Executive Board representing Hancock County.

Brown graduated from Deer Isle-Stonington High School and attended Wentworth Institute in Boston and Southern Maine Technical Institute in Portland.

He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam in 1967-1968 as a combat medic and was awarded the Purple Heart. Brown is a member of the Marine Lodge No. 122 of Deer Isle, Rising Star Lodge No. 4 of Penobscot and Anah Temple Shrine of Bangor.