FREEPORT — The race to replace state Rep. David Webster, D-Freeport, has attracted the vice chairwoman of the Town Council.

Sara Gideon, 40, now in her third year on the council, has filed with the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices with the intention of becoming a Clean Elections candidate for the House District 106 seat.

Maine term limits laws prohibit Webster from seeking a fifth, two-year term for the seat.

Gideon’s campaign treasurer is former Senate President Beth Edmonds, who represented Senate District 10, including Freeport, until 2008.

Gideon, who is married and has three children, is the only candidate who has filed with the state to run for the District 106 seat.

She said she decided to run because her experience in Freeport politics showed her how deeply decisions made in Augusta can affect local governments.

Gideon also said she would work to prevent budget cuts and policy changes proposed by the administration of Gov. Paul LePage.

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