Former legislator announces House District 131 run

Veronica Garvey Magnan

STOCKTON SPRINGS — A Stockton Springs woman is challenging incumbent Rep. Sherman Hutchins (R-Penobscot) for the District 131 seat in the Maine House of Representatives.

District 131 encompasses the towns of Dedham, Orland, Otis, Penobscot, Prospect, Stockton Springs and Verona Island.

Veronica Garvey Magnan, a Democrat, previously served in the 124th Maine Legislature and announced her run on Friday.

“I have just joined the 2020 campaign after much consideration and encouragement, and I am committed to a campaign of moving forward with courage, care and hope,” Magnan said.

In a press release, Magnan stated that while the COVID-19 pandemic has cast a pall over the usual political campaign activities, she plans to personally contact as many residents in District 131 as possible during her campaign and will be active when the restrictions on gatherings of people is lifted.

“I am very concerned about the physical health and economic well-being of everyone in District 131 at this stressful time,” said Magnan. “But as Mainers we will prevail and emerge stronger.”

“It is time to move the state forward with expanded broadband to rural areas whose need is so well demonstrated, as so many now work from home,” she said. “We need increased support to farmers, fishermen, educators and small businesses, which are the backbones of District 131.”

The former representative said she supports creating a future for Mainers “imbedding them in the 21st century.”

“This dangerous virus is providing an opportunity to think about our families and our state,” Magnan said. “This is the time to envision our future and determine what we in Maine need.”

For more information, visit or contact her at 323-7900 and [email protected]

A retired educator, Magnan said she needs to qualify for Clean Election funding. Supporters in District 131 may go to and help her campaign with a $5 donation.

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