Ritchie running for House District 8

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Kevin Ritchie, a 35-year-old former educator at Lee Academy, was selected as the Democratic Party’s nominee for District 8 Rep in the June primary election. A lifelong Mainer, Ritchie lived in Patten and graduated from Katahdin High School in 1975 and the University of Maine in 1980.

LEE, Maine- Kevin Ritchie, a 35-year-old former educator at Lee Academy, was selected as the Democratic Party’s nominee for District 8 Rep in the June primary election. A lifelong Mainer, Ritchie lived in Patten and graduated from Katahdin High School in 1975 and the University of Maine in 1980.

. He has worked on potato farms, in sawmills, at the Job Corps Center in Bangor, in his own small businesses, and in several roles at Lee Academy, as well as Maine Indian Education.

He co-owns two businesses in the city of Springfield, including his 16 years as co-owner of Springfield Fairgrounds and president of the Springfield Fair Association. Ritchie’s experience working with youth, families, and citizens in our part of rural Maine has helped him understand their concerns, joys, and struggles. Ritchie said, “As a career educator and business owner, I understand and are committed to working together to give voice to the people of our district and achieve goals that support small business development and l access to modern resources.”

Ritchie strongly opposed the influx of outside and corporate money into campaigns and political work; his campaign is funded by Maine’s Clean Elections Law. Registered voters in District 8, of any party, can contribute $5 to his campaign – or any political candidate running to represent our district – by going to http://maine.gov/cleanelections.

If elected, Ritchie says he will work to find common ground to resolve issues and move us forward. “Whenever possible, I believe in compromise as the best route to practical and effective solutions,” Ritchie said. “As an independent-minded Democrat, I vote – and will continue to do so – on the question put to me, not along party lines. I will work to represent the needs of every person in our region, regardless of party or creed.

Among the issues Ritchie plans to address are advocating for affordable, accessible, and quality health care and improving essential social services to eliminate these unnecessary burdens from our local, county, and state police. Ritchie is committed to supporting home and small business growth, universal broadband access and strategies to ease household concerns about rising inflation.

Regarding broadband expansion, Ritchie explains, “A top priority for our region (District 8) is affordable broadband internet access to provide ongoing education and training, telehealth access to healthcare and opportunities to access markets for small and home-based businesses online. Affordable broadband for all is crucial to our economic future. I want us to work together as a region to improve our economy.

Ritchie and his wife Kendra live in Lee. They have three children and four grandchildren. House District 8 includes over 50 towns and settlements north of Lee to the town of Crystal, east to Hodgdon, south along the Canada-US border to the township of Waite and Fowler, and west through towns south of Highway 6, and back to Lee, including all bounded communities within that area.

Ritchie has lived and worked in the towns of our district since 1981. He “knocks on doors” throughout our beautiful region, meeting constituents, listening carefully to their concerns and benefiting from the more than 1,900 conversations he has had with people. in District 8 since the end of June.

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