Most local legislators said they plan to seek another two-year term in the Legislature.

A few legislators, however, can’t run for their seats again this year because of term limits.

Nomination papers for legislative and county seats became available last week, although signatures could not be collected until Jan. 1. Party candidates have until March 15 to collect signatures and file nomination papers with the Maine secretary of state to get on the June 8 primary ballot. Unenrolled — also known as independent — candidates have until June 1 to file their papers to get on the Nov. 2 ballot, along with the winners of the party primaries.

VillageSoup contacted local legislators and county officials to find out whether they would seek re-election.

Two local legislators who will not be able to run for their current seats this year are Sen. Carol Weston, R-Montville, and Rep. John Piotti, D-Unity. They have each served four consecutive terms and are barred from seeking another consecutive term by the state’s term limit law.

Piotti represents House District 45, which covers Burnham, Freedom, Knox, Montville, Palermo, Thorndike, Troy and Unity.

Weston represents all of Waldo County.

Rep. Michael Thibodeau, R-Winterport, said he is considering seeking Weston’s senate seat. Thibodeau is serving his second term. He represents House District 42, which covers Brooks, Jackson, Monroe, Swanville, Waldo and Winterport.

Rep. Andrew O’Brien, D-Lincolnville, said he would seek re-election.

O’Brien is serving his first term in the House, representing District 44, which covers Appleton, Hope, Islesboro, Liberty, Lincolnville, Morrill and Searsmont.

“The first term has been an amazing learning experience, and I feel that I have been able to make a difference,” O’Brien said. “However, now that I have developed a better understanding of how things work in Augusta through my experience in this term, I feel I am even better equipped to help shape public policy during the next term.”

Rep. Veronica Magnan said she would seek another term. She is serving her first term. She represents House District 41, which covers Frankfort, Searsport, Orland, Prospect, Stockton Springs and Verona Island.

“I believe that it is very important that the people of District 41 have an experienced legislator who has the time and knowledge to represent their needs and concerns in Augusta,” Magnan said. “I can tell you from experience, being a freshman legislator is a sharp learning curve. It takes much time to learn the legislative process and meet the people who are involved in the various aspects of governing at the state level. I have done this, and look forward to using my experience to represent the people of our wonderful communities.”
Rep. Jayne Crosby Giles, R-Belfast, is serving her second term. She represents House District 43, which covers Belfast, Belmont and Northport. Giles said she would announce her plans later in the month.

County seats

Sheriff Scott Story said he would seek re-election. Story, who is serving his second four-year term, was appointed in 2000 to fill a vacancy after Sheriff Robert Jones died.

Chairman of the County Commissioners Donald Berry said he plans to seek re-election. Berry is currently serving his first four-year term representing District 1.

District Attorney Geoffrey Rushlau — a Republican who serves Knox, Lincoln, Waldo and Sagadahoc counties — is in his fourth four-year term. He was initially appointed in 1993 by Gov. John McKernan when William Anderson was appointed as a judge.

A telephone message was left with Rushlau Jan. 4.

Deloris Page, who has served as Waldo County Register of Deeds for 28 years, said she would seek re-election.

Treasurer David Parkman, who has served since 2002, said he plans to seek re-election.

State Senate candidates in political parties must collect at least 100 signatures to get on the ballot. State House candidates need 25 signatures, county commission candidates need 50 signatures and candidates for other county seats need 150 signatures. Non-party candidates need double the number of signatures to get on the fall ballot.