NORWAY – Roy Gedat will try again to unseat the Republican incumbent in this House district, using, he says, his energy and enthusiasm to galvanize people habituated to voting for conservatives to elect him, a Democrat.
Rep. Sawin Millett, R-Waterford, holds the House District 95 seat, which covers Norway, West Paris, Waterford and Greenwood.
Two years ago, Gedat lost to Millett by 94 votes in his first-ever political campaign.
“Now I believe I can win and should be able to benefit from the last time,” Gedat said, sitting in his office on Lower Main Street Wednesday morning. He will also, as he did in the last election, go door-to-door introducing himself to people.
He’ll focus on Waterford, Millett’s hometown, which is where Gedat lost the most votes, and he’ll work on mobilizing more supporters and volunteers for his campaign.
Despite the area being traditionally conservative, Gedat said that with the right energy thrown into a campaign, he believes voters can be swayed to choose him.
“Democrats have always gotten swamped around here. They never tried to get elected,” he said. “Demographically, it doesn’t seem like it should be. It’s not a wealthy area.”
Gedat said his concerns are affordable health care and jobs, and he mentioned he supported Maine’s recent minimum wage increase.
He also said he would represent the district more effectively in Augusta, bringing state support to schools and the hospital.
After working almost two decades as executive director for the Child Health Center, Gedat is now executive director of Maine Personal Assistance Services Program, which is an advocacy organization addressing the shortage of nursing and personal home care for the elderly and the disabled. He has also been board president, and continues to serve on the board, of a downtown revitalization group in Norway.
The summer art festival in Norway is a project especially dear to him, he said, because it boosts Norway and is an example of what community leaders can do to help towns.
He grew up in Long Island, N.Y., attended Hofstra University and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science, and later a master’s degree in social work from Boston University.
He is married to a social worker and has three daughters.