Jan Dodge of Belfast announced her candidacy for House District 97, representing Belfast, Northport and Waldo, at a recent campaign kick-off event.

Dodge grew up in Belfast, graduated from Belfast Area High School and the University of Michigan schools of Music and Education.

She returned to her hometown after a 30-year career in education, volunteers for Aging Well In Waldo County, is president of Retired Educators of Waldo County, sits on the Maine Education Association Government Relations Committee, and is the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce cruise ship greeter.

She will be on the June Democratic primary ballot, alongside Caitlin Hills, who also seeks the position being vacated by term-limited Rep. Erin Herbig.