Duncan Milne of Liberty, a retired USMC Colonel serving as president of the Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services, announced last week that he is running for state Senate in District 11.

The Republican candidate is positioned to challenge first-term incumbent Democratic Sen. Erin Herbig of Belfast.

“I have dedicated my life to serving our country and to helping those who have been touched by military service,” Milne said in an email announcement from former Senate President Michael Thibodeau, who is serving as Milne’s campaign treasurer. “After decades away due to my own service, I was able to fulfill a lifelong dream and return to Maine. Our state is an incredibly special place, and I want to get to work to help it thrive. It would be an honor to continue my journey of service as the next State Senator for District 11.”

Milne served for 25 years in th U.S. Marine Corps in active-duty combat and non-combat, primarily as an AH-1W attack helicopter pilot. His experience also includes serving in the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

He retired from active service in 2011 and joined the Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services in 2015, where he works to help veterans and military families find meaningful employment, education and training, housing, and wellness in their home communities.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a Master of Military Operational Art and Science from the Air War College, and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. He lives with his wife, Therese, in Liberty.

Maine Senate District 11 comprises all of Waldo County: Belfast, Belmont, Brooks, Burnham, Frankfort, Freedom, Islesboro, Jackson, Knox, Liberty, Lincolnville, Monroe, Montville, Morrill, Northport, Palermo, Prospect, Searsmont, Searsport, Stockton Springs, Swanville, Thorndike, Troy, Unity, Waldo and Winterport.