Widow of Maine representative to run for his seat | News
SANFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The widow of a Maine state representative who died in July is running for her husband's seat in the legislature.
Maine Democrats selected Jean Noon, a Springvale farmer, to run for the House District 19 seat. William Noon died in July from a rare form of cancer.
Jean Noon is an organic sheep farmer who raises the animals on her 75 acre farm in Springvale. She also worked as an art teacher in public schools for 13 years.
"It seemed like his time in the legislature shouldn't just stop, that maybe I could try to finish out his term," Noon said.
Noon said she wants to pick up where her husband left off, serving on the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, and use her background in farming to continue his legacy.
Maine Democrats said more than 60 party members participated in Monday's nominating caucus in Springvale.
The Republicans chose Matthew Harrington of Sanford to run for the seat last week. Harrington, a police officer in Kennebunk, is a recipient of his department's Public Safety Award. He saved an 84-year-old man who was having a heart attack during a traffic stop last year. He said his focus will be on Maine's drug and mental health issues.
"Anyone who gets into this has a deep respect for the people they're looking to represent, and certainly Bill did have a lot of respect and represented the people of Sanford honorably, and I'm going to do the same thing," Harrington said.
The special election is scheduled for Nov. 3. Both Noon and Harrington will run as "Clean Elections" candidates.
Contributed reporting by Associated Press