Democrat Joe Greenier of Stockton Springs announced this week he is seeking election in Senate District 11, which includes all of Waldo County.

He is challenging Rep. Erin Herbig, D-Belfast, for the Democratic nomination for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Mike Thibodeau, R-Winterport. Thibodeau has reached the term limit and is seeking the governorship.

"The people of Waldo County deserve representation in Augusta," Greenier said in a press release. "My goal is to speak up for individuals and families who have been left behind and not listened to."

A decade ago, Greenier ran for the same Senate seat, then known as District 23.

"For many years, I have testified for and against bills in the Legislature and I have promoted the six core values of Maine: respect, honesty, compassion, fairness, responsibility and courage," he said, noting he recently testified against a bill proposed to fund millions of dollars to Bath Iron Works. "(That is) something Maine people can't afford. Any tax incentives should be limited for one to three years, for small businesses only."

Greenier said one of his primary campaign goals is to raise awareness of handicapped accessibility for senior citizens and people who are disabled.

" … It's the right thing to do," he said. "In Stockton Springs, the business owner of Perry's Store installed a handicap ramp. It has made a huge difference for his customers."

Other areas of concern are ending domestic violence and child abuse, health care for all, promoting the core values of Maine, putting children first, no guns in schools or churches, protecting children, seniors and veterans and promoting economic development.

"As a veteran and a Maine Clean Elections candidate, I am asking for your vote in the Democratic primary on June 12," Greenier said.

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