OXFORD — State Rep. James Hamper, R-Oxford, has announced his candidacy for the Maine Senate.

Hamper, currently a four-term representative serving the District 100 towns of Oxford, Otisfield and Mechanic Falls, is seeking to represent the residents of Senate District 13. It includes the towns of Baldwin, Bridgton, Harrison, Naples, Sebago, Brownfield, Denmark, Fryeburg, Hiram, Norway, Otisfield, Oxford, Paris and Porter.

Hamper is seeking the seat being vacated by Sen. Dave Hastings of Fryeburg, who is prohibited from running for re-election due to Maine’s term limits law.

“In the past few months, I surveyed the communities of Senate District 13 as I considered the possibility of a candidacy,” Hamper said. “As I met with many people in the district and listened to their concerns, there was a common theme: jobs in western Maine. During my time in the House, I have fought to make Maine a more business-friendly state, and I look forward to continuing to do so in the Maine Senate.”

Hamper, a carpenter for Bartow Construction in Otisfield, is the House chairman of the Legislature’s Environment and Natural Resources Committee and a member of the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee.

He and his wife, Lynn, have owned a home in Oxford for more than 33 years. They have two children, two grandchildren and have hosted 12 foreign exchange students. The Hampers are active members of the Oxford Advent Christian Church, and he is a member of the Rock-O-Dundee Snowmobile Club.

He has served as a member of the Oxford Budget Committee and the Oxford Planning Board.