ROCKLAND — Former state Rep. Pinny Beebe-Center of Rockland announced June 24 that she would seek the state Senate seat that represents nearly all of Knox County.

The announcement was made during a June 24 Zoom event with supporters, including fellow legislators.
The seat is currently held by fellow Democrat Sen. David Miramant of Camden. Miramant, however, is completing his fourth consecutive term in the Senate and is barred by the state’s term limit law from running for the seat next year.

Beebe-Center said she believes in the inherent dignity of every person and she wants to work on criminal justice reforms that will focus on incarceration and addiction.

The Senate District 12 seat represents all of Knox County except the town of Washington.
Speaking at the Zoom meeting in praise of Beebe-Center were Knox County Sheriff Tim Carroll; state Reps. Vicki Doudera, D-Camden and Valli Geiger, D-Rockland; and state Senate President Troy Jackson.
Beebe Center served three terms in the Maine House, representing Rockland and Owls Head.

She was first elected in March 2015, following the resignation of Democrat Elizabeth Dickerson.
Beebe-Center also served as a Knox County Commissioner from 2002 through 2010.

She did not seek reelection in 2020. She took a position as a consultant with Knox County to provide discharge planning for inmates who were being released. The discharge planning is to make sure that people being released have access to services they need such as mental health care or housing.

She bought her home in Rockland in 1980. She worked in information technology for 20 years with the Maine Department of Education and Maine Department of Transportation. Beebe-Center said she vowed, however, when she turned 50 that she would become more active in her community.

Beebe-Center started the local homeless coalition. She also served briefly as the interim director of New Hope for Women, and has also been active in efforts to deal with the region’s opioid crisis.
Party candidates have until April 2022 to file nomination papers to get on the June 2022 primary ballots. The party winners and any un-enrolled candidates — also referred to as independents — will vie in the general election in November 2022.
Former Rep. Dickerson also announced she will run for the seat as an un-enrolled candidate. Dickerson, who was a Democrat while serving in the Legislature representing Rockland and Owls Head, lives in Union and is the town clerk in Appleton.