A Thomaston Republican has filed his intent to seek a seat in the state House of Representatives.

Steven Powell filed his intent this week with the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices to seek the Republican nomination for the Maine House District 48 seat.

The seat is held by Rep. Chuck Kruger, a Democrat from Thomaston. Kruger is serving his first term in the district that covers Thomaston, St. George, South Thomaston, Matinicus, Criehaven and part of Owls Head.

Powell is an assistant manager at Rite Aid in Camden. He had been in real estate for 14 years.

He said in a news release announcing his candidacy on Feb. 24 that he is a lifelong resident of the Midcoast. He said he would look for ways to control spending and promote the expansion of business in the area.

“Education is a critical component of this effort and I feel it’s important to find a way to reverse the trend of our younger residents leaving the state (the well publicized brain drain) for better paying jobs and a lower tax burden,” Powell said.

He said he would also support the fishing and agricultural heritage of the area.

He ran his own real estate office for 10 years and had a newspaper column “Your Right to Know” and a local cable show with Right Realty in the early 2000s. In 2005, he became a student at University College at Rockland as an English major.

Powell said he has considered running for the Legislature for the past 10 years but finally decided this would be the year.

The deadline for party candidates to file nomination papers with the Maine Department of the Secretary of State is March 15. The primary elections will be held June 8.

Candidates not enrolled in a party have until June 1 to file nomination papers and make the Nov. 2 general election ballot along with the winners of the primaries.