House District 134

McDonald and Brady vie for House District 134 seat

Oct 11, 2018

Democrat Genevieve McDonald is running against Republican Philip Brady for the House District 134 seat held by Walter Kumiega (D-Deer Isle), who is term-limited out.

District 134 includes Vinalhaven, Isle au Haut, North Haven and a number of Hancock County communities.

According to her website, McDonald grew up in Mount Desert Island and the Blue Hill Peninsula and now resides in Stonington. She works as a commercial lobsterman and serves as a Downeast Region representative on the Maine Lobster Advisory Council,

"In the off-season for the past four years, McDonald has been a substitute teacher in the Deer Isle-Stonington school system," her website notes.

She stated her goal of representing the islands, which face unique challenges, in Augusta.

"As a working mother and a lifelong resident of Maine, I understand the needs of working class families," she said in an emailed statement. "I was compelled to run for office to advocate for the people in my region and for my industry. I am passionate about the coast of Maine and want to see our island communities thrive with the help of strong leadership in Augusta."

"Additionally, we are the heart of Maine’s commercial fishing industry and deserve recognition as the source of a significant revenue generating natural resource in the state. We must continue to promote the sustainability of Maine’s fisheries and the people who depend on them," she said.

McDonald is a graduate of the University of Maine, with a bachelor's degree in university studies and minor in Maine studies.

Philip Brady is the director of the Advanced Hypnosis Center in Deer Isle and the owner of Joseph C. Lincoln Books.

He moved to Maine full-time in 2001, but he grew up making family trips to Maine and has family connections in the state. He is from Sturbridge, Mass, originally.

"I feel it is critically important that the voice of island people is heard in Augusta," he said in a phone interview.

He said he had not originally planned to run, but was asked to run by the state Republican Committee. He said he is not someone who would go to Augusta with a specific agenda, but instead he would listen to the needs of constituents.

Brady confirmed that he served as a firefighter and emergency manager in New Hampshire and a part-time police officer in Massachusetts. He is the town chairman for the Deer Isle Republicans. He also has worked with the American Red Cross and is a retired member of the Army Chemical Corps.

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