Rep. Robert Foley, R-Wells, is facing a challenge for his seat in House District 7 from Joachim Howard, a Democrat from Wells.

Foley defeated Howard two years ago for the same seat. The district includes most of Wells.

Foley, 64, works in insurance sales and was a longtime member of the Wells Board of Selectmen and a member of the Maine Board of Environmental Protection before getting elected to the House in 2014.

Foley said the state needs to take care of seniors while at the same time providing opportunities for young people and families, and it needs to bring economic prosperity to parts of the state that are lagging by reducing energy costs and improving the tax code, among other things. More information about Foley can be found at

Howard did not respond to survey questions about his background and his positions on key issues. According to Seacoast Online, he is an electrician who has worked for 10 years as a business agent for Electrical Union IBEW 490, and decided to run because of his concern about lack of job opportunities.