SACO — Democrat Allen “Al” Sicard said he is in the running for County Commission District 3, which includes Saco, Buxton, Dayton, Hollis and Old Orchard Beach. He will seek his party’s nomination in the June 12 primary. 

Sicard, 60, is president of Rocky Coast Marketing, and earned a master’s degree in business from the University of New Hampshire in 2000. 

“I think we need to address some major issues,” said Sicard, pointing to the recent absence of the state Commissioner of Corrections at a legislative committee hearing earlier this week. As well, he said Gov. Paul LePage has been talking about taking over some of the county jails, but hasn’t made his plans clear.

He also pointed to the opiate addiction issue in York County.

“I know (County Manager Greg) Zinser has a plan,” said Sicard, referring to the Layman Way Recovery Center poised to open in April.

The residential treatment center would treat addicts who have been arrested for nonviolent crimes as a condition of bail following an assessment.

As currently configured, it is not designed to treat people who are incarcerated, but Sicard said that he had been told that there are inmates at York County Jail who are in withdrawal from drug abuse just across the parking lot from the recovery center.

He pointed out that the new state court building is soon to be located in Biddeford, and said he is is hearing conflicting information about whether the York County District Attorney’s Office will be located in the new building, or remain in Alfred.

If the office stays put, he said, it will mean a lot of “running back and forth.”

“I think I can lend some voice to this discussion as a business person,” said Sicard on Thursday. “I think I can represent these five towns if they choose to elect me.”

Sicard was an unsuccessful candidate for Register of Probate in 2016. He has been married to his wife, Mary, for 36 years. The couple, who met in high school at Thornton Academy, dated in college and married upon graduation and have two adult children.

He’s a board member and former chairman of York County Federal Credit Union, and is a former board chairman of Waban, a nonprofit agency that provides services for developmentally disabled children and adults. He currently serves as a class agent for the Thornton Academy Alumni Board. His career in advertising and marketing spans 30 years.

“We need the best possible leadership, and not a political appointee of Paul LePage,” said Sicard, referring to Commissioner Cynthia Chadwick-Granger, who was appointed to fill the vacancy created when Marston Lovell resigned upon his election as Saco mayor. That term expires Dec. 31. 

Sicard is currently unopposed for his party’s nomination in the June primary, as is Chadwick-Granger, a Republican.

County commissioners are elected to four-year terms. 

— Senior Staff Writer Tammy Wells can be contacted at 324-4444 (local call in Sanford) or 282-1535, ext. 327 or [email protected]

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