House candidate Ann Matlack of Spruce Head
House candidate Ann Matlack of Spruce Head
Democrat Ann Matlack of Spruce Head has filed to run for House District 92, which comprises the towns of Thomaston, South Thomaston, Cushing, St. George and Matinicus. Matlack has previously worked as the assistant to the Rockland City Manager from 2006 to 2013 and served briefly as South Thomaston’s town administrator. She currently is chair of the board of Penquis Community Action program. She also served on the SAD 50 school board, on the St. George budget committee for 10 years and on the Knox County Budget Committee for 10 years.

“I think this upcoming election and the people who serve in the Legislature for the next two years will have the opportunity to do wonderful things for the state of Maine, and I would like to be part of that,” said Matlack.

If elected, Matlack said her priorities will be to ensure her shorefront communities have viable working waterfronts and to fight the opioid epidemic. “I do believe the opioid problem is endemic in just about everything we do in Knox County,” she said. “It’s important that we set the priority in trying to come to terms with how to deal with this appropriately.”

Matlack added that the state needs to do a better job of expanding access to high-speed broadband Internet. “I think we’re missing a great opportunity by not working together to help all of the community get access to broadband and use it for educational and economic purposes,” she said.

Matlack will face Republican Justin Thompson of Port Clyde in the general election in November.