Former United States Congressman David Emery has been nominated by the Knox County Republican Committee to be the Republican candidate for the upcoming Maine Senate District 12 race. The district covers all of Knox County, except the town of Washington.

Emery was a member of the Maine House of Representatives in the early 1970s before being elected to Congress, where he served four terms, beginning in 1974. The House Armed Services Committee, the Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee and the Science and Technology Committee were among his assignments. He also served as deputy director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency under President Ronald Reagan, where he participated in negotiations with the Soviet Union over nuclear arms stockpiles.

In recent years, Emery was the deputy commissioner of the Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services and currently runs a consulting business.

“Public service has been a lifelong passion for me, and I would like to continue it by serving in the Maine Senate,” Emery said. “The state of Maine has made tremendous strides in recent years under Republican leadership by reducing taxes and improving our business climate. But so much more work needs to be done.

“I would like to put my experience to work for the people of Maine and, most importantly, be a voice in Augusta for the people of Knox County.”