Iraq war veteran seeks District 94 seat

Casas runs as Independent for Maine House of Representitves
By Dwight Collins | Apr 15, 2014
Photo by: Dwight Collins Owen Casas of Rockport has decided to run as an Independent candidate for the Maine House of Representative in District 94, which includes Camden, Rockport and Islesboro.

Rockport — When Owen Casas decided to run for public office, the message he wanted to make sure his constituency in Maine House District 94 understood is that win–or–lose, his goal is to affect change and help others learn to compromise.

“I am running a campaign based on compromise and my want for there to be one team, one fight, when it comes to the issues,” Casas said. “I would like to sit down with my opponents and talk about the issues in a constructive way, not a destructive way. I’d like to figure out what we agree on and dive into what we don’t so that we can find a common ground.”

Casas is running as an Independent for the state House of Representatives against longtime Democratic Rep. Joan Welsh. According to previously published reports, Carole Gartley, of Rockport is the Republican candidate vying for the District 94 seat. District 94 represents the residents of Camden, Rockport and Islesboro.

Casas, 29, of Rockport, was born and raised in Washington and graduated from University of Maine in Augusta with a bachelor's degree in applied science with a minor in business. An honorably discharged Marine Corps sergeant, Casas served one combat tour in Fallujah, Iraq. He is also a member of the Maine Stone Workers Guild and a former commercial fisherman.

“I don’t see [Welsh] as the enemy,” Casas said. “I feel that she has done a wonderful job representing her towns at the state level, all I really want is a chance to see what I can do in her position to address some of the issues I feel are important to Mainers.”

A clean election candidate, Casas said the choice is true to his character.

“I feel that running as a clean election candidate, the voters in Camden, Rockport and Islesboro will see that I truly believe in a fair and balanced political system,” Casas said. “I may be considered an underdog because — let's face it — I’m new to politics and it costs money to run an election. I would never consider taking special interest money to get elected because of the expectations attached to it.”

Casas said a strong desire for public service, combined with the knowledge of numerous issues facing voters today makes him a strong candidate.

“There are quite a few reasons why I decided to run for the Statehouse,” Casas said. “I am committed to taking a look at sustainable economic development and energy, investing in education, veterans and non-partisan policy.”

Casas is a strong proponent of renewable energy, but feels that it is not the complete answer to nation's and state's reliance on fossil fuels.

“I feel that there are huge, untapped resources available to us that can help alleviate our addiction to fossil fuels,” Casas said. “I am a realist, I drive a pick-up for a work vehicle, but I would love to see a shift in using sustainable energy as a supplement to the fuel sources we are already using.”

Casas said the things he values the most when it comes to being a politician are honesty, transparency and gaining the involvement of constituents in the political process. He also believes residents of Maine should have more of a say when it comes to issues that impact their everyday way of life.

“Everyone should have a voice and my hope is that we will leave this planet and our community better then we found it,” he said. “We have the power to make change for the good and I hope that the voters feel the same way come Election Day.”

Residents of Camden, Rockport and Islesboro will have the opportunity to elect their Republican or Democratic choice for District 94 in the Maine House of Representatives at primaries slated for June 10.

General elections are to be held Nov. 4.

Courier Publications reporter Dwight Collins can be reached at 236-8511 or by email at dcollins@villagesoup.com.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Susan Sinclair | Apr 16, 2014 06:15

Sorry, Mr Casas. Must feel like I'm on a first name basis already.



Posted by: Susan Sinclair | Apr 16, 2014 06:12

Oh wow, good luck to Mr Owen! I hope this is a new trend in logic for up and coming politicians, nothing gets done without compromise.



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