WINTER HARBOR — Billy Bob Faulkingham, a selectman from Winter Harbor, has entered the race for state representative in District 136 as a Republican.
Fellow Winter Harbor Selectman Kylie Bragdon entered the race as a Democrat in late 2017.
“It came as a surprise to me that she was running because this was a few years in the making for me,” Faulkingham said. “It’s going to be interesting, because we’re friends, we’re on the same selectboard; we agree on a lot of things.”
For Bragdon, their connection is longstanding. She’s known him most of her life.
“We fish in the same harbor, our families have been friends for years,” she said.
The seat in question has been held by Republican Richard Malaby of Hancock, who owns the Crocker House Country Inn in that town, since 2010. Malaby is term-limited and will not be running for the seat again.
Faulkingham has been participating in Republican Party activities for about six years, he said in a phone interview Tuesday. He has traveled as a delegate to Maine Republican Party caucuses three times, and in 2016, he was an alternate for the delegation that traveled to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
Faulkingham said he has worked on the waterfront his whole life, primarily as a lobster fisherman. He’s also done “everything from digging worms to scallop dragging.” He is a Winter Harbor native who graduated from Sumner Memorial High School in 1996.
Faulkingham bills himself as a “liberty Republican.”
“I care as much about civil liberties as I care about fiscal issues,” he said.
Bragdon said she thought it was an interesting situation, as well.
“Certainly this is a unique situation given that we are from the same town, and serve on the Winter Harbor selectboard together,” she said. “Despite these similarities, as candidates I feel we each offer the voters a unique set of skills, perspectives and priorities due to our own educational and professional experiences.”
If both win their respective primary races, they’ll be running against each other during the general election in November. The district they’re running for covers Winter Harbor and much of the Schoodic Peninsula.