BLUE HILL — Longtime Blue Hill resident Sarah Pebworth has announced her candidacy for the Maine House of Representatives seat to be vacated by Ralph Chapman, who is serving his fourth and final term.
District 133 comprises Blue Hill, Brooklin, Brooksville, Castine, Sedgwick, and Surry.
Pebworth, who has deep roots in the community, is running as a Democrat.
“It was right after the women’s march this year that friends approached me to run and, if elected, my primary focus will be to serve as the bridge from our area to Augusta,” Pebworth stated in a press release. “We all deserve to understand the political process and have our voices heard.”
Pebworth served on the board of the Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber of Commerce for five years and is currently a member of the chamber on behalf of a nonprofit, Word — a Blue Hill Literary Arts Festival.
As chairwoman of the steering committee for Word, Pebworth has been instrumental in organizing the festival weekend, which debuted in October 2017.
“Increasing activity and business during the shoulder season benefits everyone,” Pebworth said.
“We are fortunate in our area to have many important, and varied, resources — including great natural beauty, strong cultural organizations and a vibrant year-round community,” Pebworth said. “Protecting our environment — for the fishermen, the farmers, and the future — is vital, fostering our business community is critical, and ensuring our families are strong and healthy, and our children well educated is paramount.
“Our state government has a critical role is the success of our way of life.”
“My job will be to ensure that the Blue Hill Peninsula and all of Maine continue to thrive in an ever changing economy,” she said.
“I owned and operated the Blue Hill Inn for almost 10 years, and I look forward to bringing my experience, as a small business owner and as an engaged community member, to Augusta on behalf of the residents in this district,” Pebworth said.
The candidate was a 2011 participant in Leadership Hancock County and joined the Blue Hill Public Library Board in 2012. Currently the vice president, she will begin serving as president of the board this spring.
Pebworth earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.