AUGUSTA — State Rep. Roger Jackson, R-Oxford, announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election to the Maine House of Representatives for health reasons.

Jackson was elected to a two-year term representing former District 100 in 2012. He said he intends to finish his term, which expires in November. 

“I am humbled that my friends and neighbors elected me to be their voice in Augusta for the 126th Legislature,” he said. “However, at this time I feel it would not be in the best interest of our district for me to continue to seek re-election knowing that due to my health, there is a possibility that I would again miss votes that may be important to our area.”

“I’ve got to hang it up,” he said.

District 100 became District 72 in 2013. It is comprised of Mechanic Falls, Otisfield and Oxford. 

During his term in the legislature, Jackson served on the Joint Standing Committee on Taxation and was particularly active in issues of importance to Oxford County.

House Republican Leader Rep. Ken Fredette, R-Newport, said in a statement that Jackson will be missed at the State House.

“Over the last two years Roger has worked very hard for the people of his district. It has been a privilege to serve with him, and his friends and neighbors are fortunate that they will continue to benefit from his service at the local level,” Fredette said. 

Re-elected to the Oxford Board of Selectmen in June, Jackson said he plans to complete his three-year term which ends in 2017. 

“It has been an honor to serve the people of Oxford, Otisfield and Mechanic Falls in the Maine House of Representatives, and I absolutely intend to continue working for our community at the local level,” he said. 

Oxford County Republicans will hold a special caucus at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at the Oxford Town Office meeting room to choose a candidate, according to Chairman Timothy Turner. 

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