House candidate Justin Thompson of Port Clyde
House candidate Justin Thompson of Port Clyde
Republican Justin Thompson of Port Clyde has filed to run for the Maine Legislature in House District 92, which includes the towns of Thomaston, Cushing, South Thomaston, St. George and Matinicus. A 1988 graduate of Georges Valley High School, Thompson is a fifth-generation lobsterman and worked for a number of years as a jail corrections officer. In a statement, Thompson said he hopes to translate his “hard work as a fisherman on the water into a strong voice for his constituents.”

“We all contribute in our own way, it’s important to inspire growth and lead by example,” said Thompson in a statement. “So often we hear that hard work pays off. This it does, let’s allow our people to keep more money in their pocket through thoughtful budgeting and careful spending in Augusta.”

Thompson said his key priorities will be supporting education and crime prevention. Thompson said he supports stronger youth rehabilitation programs and more resources for mental health facilities. He said he opposes the “teach to test” philosophy and supports letting “our skilled educators do their job.” Thompson says the best way to create jobs is to have less government interference. 

 “An educated workforce is integral to our future success,” wrote Thompson. “As a lobster fisherman and a college graduate, I know the value of having a second option. I’m a strong proponent of increased post secondary education for our youth. Our work ethic as Mainers is evidenced by the sheer number of jobs we’re willing to work just to ‘get by.’ As your Representative in Augusta, I’ll work to alleviate this burden.”  

Democrat Ann Matlack of Spruce Head has also filed to run for the seat. Incumbent Rep. John Spear (D-So. Thomaston) is not seeking reelection.