Scott Cuddy
Scott Cuddy
Democrat Scott Cuddy of Winterport has announced his candidacy for House District 98, which comprises the towns of Frankfort, Searsport, Swanville and Winterport. Cuddy previously ran for the seat in 2016 when he lost to Rep. James Gillway 2,973 to 2,136. Gillway is ineligible to run again due to term limits and so far no Republican has filed an intent to run for the seat. Cuddy, who works as a union electrician and a marketer for a web design company, said his priorities will be in lowering property taxes, investing in alternative energy and workforce development.

“As long as I’ve been paying attention to public life, it seems like things have been sliding in the state of Maine,” said Cuddy. “We haven’t had the right goals for public investment. We haven’t had the right strategies for growing our economy, which has gotten much, much worse over the last eight years.”

Cuddy blamed the LePage administration and the Legislature for causing property taxes to go up by cutting the amount of state money that flows to schools and towns. He said he also wants to address the state’s labor shortage by investing in workforce training or enticing workers to come to Maine from out of state. Cuddy has two young children in elementary school and serves on the RSU 22 school board.