Kirchherr running for House, will not seek re-election to Paris Board

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PARIS — Robert Kirchherr, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, has announced he will not seek another term, focusing instead on a campaign for a seat in the Maine Legislature.

In an interview Tuesday, Kirchherr, a Democrat, said his experience as a member of the Planning Board and Board of Selectmen has prepared him in some ways to move into a seat in the Maine House of Representatives.

“I’m concerned about the citizens, I’m concerned about the taxes, I’m concerned about the lack of jobs, I’m concerned about education and I think I can have some impact at the State House,” he said.

It appears as though Kirchherr will be vying for a seat against Lloyd “Skip” Herrick, a Paris Republican and former Oxford County sheriff who also served on the Board of Selectmen. Attempts to reach Herrick on Tuesday were unsuccessful.

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The two candidates are running to represent House District 73, including Paris, Buckfield and Hebron. The district, formally House District 94, was reapportioned as part of a statewide redistricting in 2013.

Terry Hayes, D-Buckfield, currently represents the district but is barred from re-election by the term limits law. She has announced a run for a seat on the Oxford County Commission.

Both candidates filed paperwork with the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices earlier this month. So far, neither appear to have challengers for the June primary elections.

Kirchherr, originally from Illinois, moved to Paris in the early 1980s and worked as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Central Maine Community College in Auburn. He served on the Planning Board and was elected to the Board of Selectmen in 2011.

The candidates have until March 17 to submit nomination petitions to Maine’s Secretary of State.

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