Candidate Maynard Stanley, Jr. of Owls Head
Candidate Maynard Stanley, Jr. of Owls Head
Republican Maynard Stanley, Jr. of Owls Head has filed to run against incumbent Rep. Pinny Beebe-Center (D-Rockland) in House District 93, which includes Owls Head and Rockland. A self-described born-again Christian and a “commonsense, regular guy,” Stanley and his wife Norma run Critter Catcher, a business trapping and releasing nuisance animals. Stanley previously worked as a welder and fabricator for Thomaston Cement and as a gunsmith at Oyster River Range. He also helped run a wholesale bakery and trained bakery workers for Coastal Workshop. In addition, Stanley has run a commercial lighting business and a special effects business, specializing in simulated fireworks and confetti launchers.

“Howdy, Thanks for contacting me,” wrote Stanley in an emailed statement. “In the past I have helped many with their campaigns, working in the background, and in the past few years I get more and more requests to run for Rep. This year I decided to say yes. I am a conservative, I am debt free, NO credit cards, or truck or car payments.”

Stanley is known around the area for hosting the local public access TV show “Maine Woods ’n Waters,” putting on beanhole supper fundraisers, his passion for primitive cooking, teaching tomahawk and knife throwing lessons and founding Knox County public access TV station Channel 7. An avid outdoorsman, Stanley says he shot his first deer at 7 years old and is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, with several instructor certifications, including NRA Personal Protection Courses and the NRA Refuse to Be a Victim program. Stanley served as an sssistant Boy Scout Master for 15 years and was also one of the founders of the Knox/Lincoln Tea Party. Stanley also earned a “Pump Handle” award from Maine Centers for Disease Control for his contributions toward curbing rabies and other infectious diseases.

“I believe in smaller government, lower taxes and more personal freedom,” wrote Stanley. “The government should do its job efficiently and follow the Constitution so the working people can thrive, businesses can grow and innovate and create good-paying jobs for the American people.”