LINCOLN — Paul Shedd lost a court battle to remain on the ballot in his campaign for the Legislature in District 132, but the Republican challenger said he was encouraged by local support for his write-in campaign.
Shedd said his campaign was strong, despite his being removed from the ballot by William Diamond, secretary of state, because he had not registered Republican in the district before the April 1 deadline. Shedd lost a bid in Kennebec County Superior Court to overturn the state ruling.
“Being a write-in candidate means only that you have to work a little harder,” said Shedd, who works for Lincoln Pulp and Paper Co. “But I am encouraged by the people in my district who have offered to help. I believe this district and this state need the strength of Republican ideas.”
The focus of his campaign, Shedd said, will be his involvement in a House GOP task force aimed at drafting anti-drug legislation for the next session of the Legislature. The Drug Task Force has been working on changes to laws on drug enforcement and education.
“I am very concerned about the damage drugs and alcohol to do our society and I plan to join the Maine Legislature this January to put our plan into motion,” Shedd said.