BANGOR – The vacant house seat for district 124 is down to two candidates after Democrats selected their nominee Tuesday night and Republicans did the same Wednesday night.
Democrat Joe Perry a business owner and former Bangor City Councilor and Republican Thomas White a Maine Maritime Graduate are competing for the vacant District 124 seat. That position used to be held by Aaron Frey, a Bangor Democrat who recently replaced Governor Janet Mills as the state’s attorney general.
“So I’m going to be working very hard between now and march twelfth for the special election because I want to get back to work in Augusta,” said Perry.
“Just being out there being available to answer questions how I can better represent Bangor Orono and just making sure people know who I am and why I want to serve in Augusta,” said White.
White said he wants to focus on student debt, find new opportunities to attract a younger workforce here in the state as well as trying to reduce energy costs and income tax. He now works at Eastern Maine Development Corporation.
“I think just being able to have a voice down there to understand small businesses and there needs especially workforce and the struggle there is something that I could bring down there,” White said.
Joe Perry, who is also a former state lawmaker, said he wants to work with everyone in the legislature and work on passing the state budget, “It really is different when you’re in the majority you have to govern and you have to own everything that happens so I really think having done that for a number of years will be a real asset.”
Voters will vote on March 12th for the candidate who will serve out the remainder of Democrat Arron Frey’s term which is through December 2020.