CAMDEN – A former state legislator has launched a bid for the State House as a write-in candidate.
Priscilla Taylor, 69, of Camden served in the House of Representatives from 1984 to 1988. Taylor said that local Republicans asked her to be a candidate after Andrew Cavanaugh, the Republican who filed nomination papers for the seat, dropped out of the race last month.
Cavanaugh exited after the deadline for replacing candidates on the ballot.
“I wanted to offer some sort of an opportunity for a choice,” Taylor said Wednesday, as she completed a busy day of meetings.
Democrat Susan Dorr of Camden will be the only candidate whose name is printed on the ballot for the House District 63 seat.
The district comprises Camden and Rockport. Incumbent Rep. Judy Powers, a Democrat, is seeking the state Senate seat being vacated by Chellie Pingree, D-North Haven.
While in the Legislature, Taylor served on the Health and Human Services Committee. She said mental health and mental retardation issues have been interests for 15 years.
Other issues she would focus on if elected are stopping unfunded mandates from the state and reforming the school funding formula, which continues to hurt coastal school districts, she said.
Taylor said that during her tenure in Augusta, she and fellow legislators aimed to lure “clean business” to Maine, to provide jobs that would keep young people in the state.
She said MBNA has done just that, transforming the midcoast area, without any visible assistance from government.
Camden and Rockport have become very affluent in the last 20 years, she said, creating another set of problems. Young families with moderate incomes can no longer afford homes in the two towns, she said.
“Teachers should be able to live in the town they teach in,” she said, which is increasingly difficult.
“I’m a very moderate Republican,” Taylor said. “I’ve always been involved in human issues, but I’m reluctant to spend public money.” If elected, she said she would be a voice opposing what she called “a casual spending of other people’s money.”
In order to cast a ballot for Taylor, voters must write her name – Priscilla G. Taylor – and her residence – Camden – in the blank spot on the ballot.
Write-in candidates face an uphill battle, in that some ballots are often disqualified if the name and town are not written correctly.