PITTSFIELD — Democrat Stanley B. Short Jr. of Pittsfield has announced his candidacy for the new House Dist. 68 seat representing Burnham, Clinton, Pittsfield and Troy.

Short served two terms in the Maine House, elected in 2012 from House Dist. 29 and in 2014 from House Dist. 106, serving residents of Clinton, Detroit and Pittsfield. He lost reelection in 2016 and was defeated again in 2018. Running unopposed in the June 14 Democratic primary, Short will face off against Rep. Amanda Collamore, R-Pittsfield, in the Nov. 8 general election. Collamore currently holds the Dist. 106 seat.

A Maine native, Short said in his announcement that he has a broad business perspective, including labor union, management and business owner experience. He was educated in the Fairfield school system, graduating from Lawrence High School in 1969 and three years later from Southern Maine Vocational Institute’s heating, air conditioning and refrigeration program.

Born in Waterville in 1951, Short married Debora Hapworth of Winslow in 1972; they will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Nov. 24th of this year.

In 1976 Short was hired as a certified pipe welder at the S.D. Warren paper mill in Hinckley. During his 18 years there he held numerous positions in Local Lodge 2740 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, including two terms as president.

He was elected directing business representative for District Lodge 99 of the IAMAW in 1994. The district consisted of 18 local lodges and more than 1,200 members in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. His responsibilities included negotiating collective bargaining agreements, handling grievances and presenting arbitration cases, according to his announcement.

In 1997 Short was appointed Grand Lodge representative, becoming the territorial organizing leader for the 14 states that made up the Eastern Territory. His responsibilities included discussing of working men and women with members of Congress, as well as with elected representatives at the state level.

Following a move to Pittsfield in 2002, Short started and ran a welding/fabrication business until 2008, when he was hired into Bath Iron Works’ Labor Relations Department. There he served as a grievance hearing officer, advised and trained management, wrote up resolutions to grievances, negotiated grievance settlements and memorandums of agreement, and fostered company-union relations.

Short said he enjoys reading books about politics and political figures, has trained and owned bird dogs, and has fabricated over 45 pieces of metal artwork that are on display on the grounds that surround their Pittsfield home.