BREWER- In addition to the presidential primaries and Question 1, those in brewer will be voting to fill a vacant seat at the State House.
State Representative Arthur Verow passed away unexpectedly in December, leaving his seat at the State House vacant.
“That guy was probably the best guy we ever had representing us in Augusta. He represented everybody,” said former Brewer mayor and democratic candidate for House District 128, Kevin O’Connell. “I hope to follow those same footprints.”
Former State Representative Garrel Craig is also campaigning for Verow’s seat.
The winner will serve the remainder of his term, which is until December.
“I’m running for state representative for Brewer because we have to get our spending under control,” Craig said. “We’ve got a pretty good stream of revenues. Our revenues have exceeded expectations but our spending is out of control.”
“Everyone’s got a story and everyone’s stories deserve to be heard,” said O’Connell. “If there’s one thing I can do, I can listen to people. I’ve never been afraid to ask questions. I’ve never had an issue getting other people’s questions answered.”
When asked what they’ve been hearing from voters during their campaigns, a common concern was road conditions.
“The DOT has a plan. I know they have a plan, but I think the people need to see those plans in detail,” said O’Connell.
“We’ve got some highway and some infrastructure issue. We have the money to take care of most of that now. Instead, the governor has chosen for us to get a bond for transportation,” Craig said.
Both candidates said they plan to address housing and advocate against higher tax rates if elected.
“The biggest thing is to represent the people. It’s not about myself or any other candidate and what their platform is,” Craig said.
Polls will be open at the Brewer Auditorium from 7 am to 8 pm next Tuesday.