That seat is currently held by Sen. John Patrick.

“I look forward to jumping back into public service,” Knight, a Republican, said. “While I have been dealing with some health issues, I’m scheduled for a surgery in the spring and after that expect to be fully involved in the campaign, visiting folks throughout Oxford and Androscoggin County, and letting the voters know I don’t take their support for granted, but am working hard for them and that I will continue to work hard for them in Augusta. Legislative seats belong to the people, and that is how I approach every campaign and every vote.”

Senate District 18 includes: Livermore and Livermore Falls in Androscoggin County; and Andover, Bethel, Buckfield, Byron, Canton, Dixfield, Gilead, Greenwood, Hanover, Hartford, Hebron, Lincoln Plantation, Lovell, Magalloway Plantation, Mexico, Milton Township, Newry, North Oxford Unorganized Township, Peru, Roxbury, Rumford, South Oxford Unorganized Territory, Stoneham, Stow, Sumner, Sweden, Upton, Waterford, West Paris and Woodstock in Oxford County.

A retired banker, Knight has long been deeply involved with his community. His involvement includes: Deacon and church moderator, First Baptist Church; chairman, SAD 36 board of directors; founder, president and EMT, CES Ambulance; trustee, Franklin Health Network; chairman, Evergreen Behavioral Services; president, Tri-Town Medical Foundation; chairman, Androscoggin Fund (Maine Community Development Foundation).

Also, ski patrol head and former president, Spruce Mountain Ski Club; member of and umpire for various baseball and softball organizations; volunteer, Norlands Living History Center; member, Androscoggin Council of Governments Revolving Loan Committee; member, Jay/Livermore/Livermore Falls Chamber, Legislature Committee; member, Independent Community Bankers Association of Maine; member, ABA Churches of Maine board of directors; volunteer, Literacy Volunteers, March of Dimes, and the Red Cross.

He has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Maine at Farmington.

In the House of Representatives, Knight served as chairman of the Legislature’s Taxation Committee, helping lead the push for the 2011 tax cuts. The cuts were the largest ever made in the state until that point, taking 70,000 Mainers off the tax rolls. 

Knight and his wife, Lynn, reside in Livermore Falls. They have two children and five grandchildren.

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