HANOVER – Former state Sen. Norman Ferguson of Hanover announced his candidacy for treasurer of Oxford County.

He has been an active public servant for many years.

Ferguson is a graduate of Gould Academy in Bethel. After serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, he graduated from Burdett College with a certificate in accounting. He went to work as an accountant at the paper mill in Rumford, later being promoted to purchasing agent receiving the designation of certified purchasing manager.

Ferguson served as a school board member, Oxford County commissioner and state senator.

During his tenure as commissioner, he drafted the county budget process that continues to be used at this time. As state senator, he led the successful fight against taxation of Social Security.

Ferguson is active in volunteer work as director and treasurer of Western Maine Transportation Services. He also serves as treasurer of his church. Ferguson was selected and serves as an AARP Maine Legislative Advocacy Volunteer as well as serving on its Executive Council.

For many years, Ferguson has been town moderator for Hanover. For his many years of public service he was honored by his town as volunteer of the year in 2005.

Ferguson is a member and volunteer of Chisholm Ski Club, Hanover and Oxford County Republican Committees, American Legion, and Bethel Historical Society. He is a member of the Rumford Lodge of Elks, National Rifle Association, Mahoosuc Land Trust, Sportsman Alliance of Maine, Saint Andrews Society of Maine, Natural Resources Council of Maine and Nature Conservancy.

Ferguson and his wife, Barbara, have four sons and 11 grandchildren.

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