Genevieve McDonald
Genevieve McDonald
Democrat Genevieve McDonald of Stonington has announced her run for House District 134, which comprises the towns of Cranberry Isles, Deer Isle, Frenchboro, Isle au Haut, North Haven, Southwest Harbor, Stonington, Swan’s Island, Tremont and Vinalhaven. Rep. Walter Kumiega (D-Deer Isle), who currently holds the seat, is prohibited from running for reelection due to term limits. So far, no Republican has filed to run for the seat.

In a press release, McDonald says she grew up on Mount Desert Island and the Blue Hill Peninsula and works as a commercial lobsterman. She serves as the Downeast Region Representative on the Maine Lobster Advisory Council, representing the interests of commercial lobster license holders from lobster fishing zones A, B, and C. McDonald also works as a substitute teacher in the off-season and is finishing a B.A. in University Studies and with a minor in Maine Studies from the University of Maine.

“The bridged and unbridged islands face unique challenges and deserve strong representation in Augusta,” McDonald said in a statement. “Additionally, we are the heart of Maine’s billion-dollar commercial fishing industry and deserve recognition as the source of a significant revenue generating natural resource in the state. We must continue to promote the sustainability of Maine’s fisheries and the people who depend on them.”

If elected, McDonald says her priorities will be managing marine resources, preserving working waterfront and investing in education.