Three candidates are running in special election Nov. 3 for the vacant District 19 seat in the state House of Representatives.

Democrat Jean M. Noon, Republican Matthew A. Harrington and independent Victor E. DiGregorio are running for the seat once occupied by Noon’s husband. The district includes much of Sanford, and the term will be for one-year.

Rep. William F. Noon of Sanford, who was serving his second term, died July 15 at age 66. Noon had been battling a rare form of cancer.

“I am hoping to complete my late husband’s term,” Jean Noon said in an email. “I share and agree with most of his opinions about the issues and am well prepared to step into the position he has left and tried so hard to complete.”

The 66-year-old Noon, who lives in Sanford, said she is a farmer, artist, small business owner and serves as president of the Three Rivers Land Trust.

Noon said the state needs to create more jobs, as well as a skilled, enthusiastic work force with “excellent work ethics.” She also says she’ll work for a clean environment, “with plenty of open space and recreational opportunities to sustain wildlife and attract tourists and businesses to this beautiful region and our state.”

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Harrington, a Republican, lives in Sanford and is employed as a police officer in Kennebunk.

Harrington, 29, is a fourth generation Mainer and has spent more than a decade working in public safety, according to a press release issued by the Maine Republican Party.

“The hardworking people of Maine deserve representatives at the State House who will fight for them and that is exactly what I intend to do,” Harrington said in the Maine GOP statement. “We need good government policy that promotes job growth and lowers the tax burden on all Maine families. We need to start working together to fight the massive influx of drugs pouring over our borders and poisoning our communities.”

In an email, Harrington said the state must get serious about its substance abuse epidemic, specifically heroin.

“We must have tougher enforcement and prosecution of drug traffickers. We also must educate our teens and provide more effective treatment options for addicts,” Harrington wrote.

DiGregorio, who is semi-retired, is a member of the Sanford City Council and has said he will continue to service on the Sanford City Council if elected to the Legislature. His council term ends Dec. 31, 2016.


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