Sen. Bruce Bryant, D-Dixfield, has announced his candidacy for re-election for a third term in the Maine State Senate.

“From the Canton flood relief, to exciting economic development initiatives, to dealing with the varied needs of our area, I have done my best to represent our area, and look forward to continuing to work hard on the issues of vital importance to the future of our region and the state of Maine,” Bryant said in a prepared statement issued Monday.

Bryant represents District 14, which includes Oxford County towns of Albany Township, Andover, Bethel, Buckfield, Byron, Canton, Dixfield, Gilead, Greenwood, Hanover, Hartford, Hebron, Lincoln Plantation, Lovell, Magalloway Plantation, Mexico, Milton Township, Newry, Peru, Roxbury, Rumford, Stoneham, Stow, Sumner, Upton, Waterford, West Paris and Woodstock, and Jay in Franklin County.

“It is my core belief that economic development is the engine that allows us to pay for education, health care and our way of life,” Bryant stated.

A resident of Dixfield who was raised in Canton in a family of 10 children, Bryant is the father to three daughters.

He is a graduate of Dirigo High School and a 26-year employee of NewPage in Rumford. He holds a stationary steam engineer license from the state.

Bryant led the 1,250 member Local 900 Paperworkers Union as president from 1994-1997. He served in the Maine House of Representatives from 1998 to 2002 when he was elected to the Maine Senate.

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