BANGOR – Some voters in Bangor and Orono will head to the polls Tuesday to fill the vacant House of Representatives seat for District 124.
A political newcomer is challenging a former state legislator to fill the House seat vacated by Attorney general Aaron Frey.
Republican Thomas White is a 24-year-old Maine Maritime graduate who works for Eastern Maine Development Corp. helping small businesses apply for government contracts.
“People should choose me because we need a new voice down there in Augusta. We need someone who’s invested in the state of Maine,” White said.
Democrat Joe Perry is a former Bangor city councilor, a former state representative and a former state senator.
“After being out for 10 years, I thought it was a good time to try to get to get back to work in Augusta. And back to work with my old friend, Janet Mills,” Perry said.
White said some legislators trying to increase energy taxes need to be kept in check.
“I think that the legislators in Augusta are overstepping,” he said.
Perry said his priority would be to increase the amount of money the state shares with municipalities.
“Let’s reverse that trend of the state holding onto money. Let’s put it back where it’s supposed to go,” he said.
Regardless of who the voters select, Perry and White said campaigning in the winter has been interesting.
“I just want to say it’s been a great experience. I really hope that people will go and vote. This is their opportunity to go out have a voice in Augusta,” White said.
Perry had this to say: “It’s an odd time of year to be campaigning. It’s a lot harder getting out door to door when the sidewalks are covered with snow. And hard putting signs up when the ground is frozen.”
Polls in Bangor and Orono close at 8 p.m. Tuesday.