LEWISTON — Former City Councilor Robert Reed has announced his candidacy for Maine House District 61 as the Republican write-in.
His candidacy has been certified by the city clerk and the Maine Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions.
Reed grew up in Auburn, attending local schools, and graduated from Husson University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He has spent almost 30 years working in health care finance for larger practices and organizations, as well as consulting for medical groups throughout the United States.
He is a volunteer on the Department of Health and Human Services/MaineCare Provider Advisory and Technical Advisory work groups.
Reed is a member of the Lewiston City Finance Committee and in the past has served on the City Council, Auburn-Lewiston Municipal Airport Board of Directors, Colisee Board of Directors, Solid Waste Committee and Empower Lewiston.
In addition he volunteers with local Scout programs.
According to Reed, “I made the decision to run as there was no fiscal conservative candidate to represent what the people of the district want. Unlike the other two candidates I do not believe we can afford more subsidized housing in a crowded downtown at this time and must work toward other less expensive ways of cultivating a better quality of life.”
Under Maine law, to select a write-in candidate, voters can simply write in the candidate’s full name and no longer need to list a complete address. Premade labels can no longer be affixed to the ballot.
Reed faces independent Mark Cayer and Democrat Heidi Brooks.
House District 61 encompasses a section of downtown Lewiston bordering the Androscoggin River.