FARMINGTON — Democrat Gary McGrane, a longtime advocate for Franklin County and its people, announced his campaign for state senator in District 17.

The seat is held by Republican Sen. Thomas Saviello of Wilton.

“The people of our district need a senator who will fight for them, and represent them in Augusta,” McGrane said. “I will be their advocate,” he said in a written statement.

“For too long, lobbyists, special interests and professional politicians have held sway in Augusta,” he said. “I fought for people as a county commissioner, and I’ll fight for them as a state senator.”

McGrane served as a Franklin County commissioner for seven terms.

“Our people need a state senator who will watch the budget, work for better jobs and job training, and push for better access to broadband and health care,” McGrane said. “They deserve first-class service and representation. I am eager to serve them in the state capitol.”

McGrane and his wife, Debbie, have lived in Jay for 40 years. He’s a retired millworker and educator, and is a Jay selectperson.

Senate District 17 includes all of Franklin County and the towns of Belgrade, Fayette, Mount Vernon and Vienna in Kennebec County.

Gary McGrane (Sun Journal file photo)

Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or login first for digital access. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.