A Democratic candidate has come forward for the House District 36 seat that has been held for eight years by House Speaker Hannah Pingree of North Haven.

Walter Kumiega of Little Deer Isle filed his intent last week with the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices.

A Republican, Jacqueline Spofford of Mount Desert Island, filed her intent to run several weeks ago.

Kumiega is a self-employed carpenter. He has served seven years on the school board for the Deer Isle-Stonington district. He also has served 14 years on the Child and Family Opportunities Board of Directors.

Spofford is a pastry chef and owns her own business called Affection Confections.

She said she wants to run for office because she knows firsthand how difficult it is to run a small business and she wants to represent the working people of the state.

House District 36 consists of Vinalhaven, North Haven, Isle au Haut, Deer Isle (including Little Deer Isle), Stonington, Brooklin, Frenchboro, Swan’s Island, Tremont and part of Mount Desert Island.