KNOX — Rep. MaryAnne Kinney, R-Knox, will seek the Senate District 11 seat next year. She announced her bid for the seat Oct. 18 in a press release.

Currently she represents Brooks, Burnham, Freedom, Jackson, Knox, Monroe, Thorndike, Troy and Unity as House District 99 representative, and will term out for the House next year. She said she hopes to continue to represent her constituents in an elected seat that holds more political weight.

Being in the Senate, she hopes to have a stronger voice, she said. Because there are fewer people in the state Senate than in the House of Representatives, Senate votes have more weight. She is frustrated about the redistricting that was approved earlier this year in which her district lost three towns.

If she is elected to the Senate, she hopes to continue working on some legislation that did not get passed this year, as well as other legislation that might need her assistance, she said. Helping farmers is one of her top priorities.

Serving in the Maine House since 2014, Kinney has at different times been on the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, and the State and Local Government Committee.

Regardless of whether she holds elective office or not, she will continue to be involved in state legislation, she said, adding that she has felt honored to represent the people in her district.

“I have really enjoyed serving the people of House District 99,” she said. “… I would love to be able to serve the people of District 11 in the Senate, because I’ve been working with these people for the last seven years and I know what they want, what they need and want to continue to help them as best I can.”

The Senate seat is currently held by Belfast Democrat Chip Curry, elected to his first term in November 2020.