Holly Eaton announced Monday, Feb. 21, her candidacy to represent House District 15 in the Maine House of Representatives, which includes Vinalhaven, Southwest Harbor, Tremont, Frenchboro, Swan’s Island, Isle au Haut, Brooklin, Deer Isle, and Stonington.

Eaton is seeking the Democratic nomination for the House seat.

Eaton has served on the school board for the town of Deer Isle and on the Deer Isle Appeals Committee. She was the community liaison for Penobscot East Resource Center (now the Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries) and has worked as a sternman. Eaton has served on the boards of Healthy Island Project and the Island Fishermen’s Wives Association, and helped to plan and establish the first LGBTQ+ Pride Festival on Deer Isle in 2021.

“There are many topics I feel are equally important to the constituents of this district,” Eaton stated in a news release issued Monday. “We celebrate a rich fishing heritage, and are also moved by the arts, family, social justice, and equality. We share concerns about education, childcare, and access to affordable and workforce housing. I look forward to the opportunity to learn more about the issues that are important to the citizens of House District 15 as I run to be your representative in Augusta.”

Rep. Genevieve McDonald, D-Stonington, is not seeking re-election.

“Holly cares deeply about our coastal communities and will be a strong advocate for the sustainability of our fisheries,” McDonald stated in the news release. “As a working parent she understands the challenges Maine families are facing and will work hard to assure our children have a bright future. I am confident in her leadership and look forward to Holly serving as our next State Representative.”

Eaton is a graduate of Deer Isle Stonington High School and received her bachelor’s of arts degree from Regis College in Weston, Mass. She lives in Deer Isle with her wife and their two children.

Eaton is the only Democrat seeking the seat.

Jason Joyce of Swans Island is seeking the Republican nomination.

The deadline for party candidates to file nomination papers to get on the June 14 primary ballot is March 15. The party nominees and any unenrolled candidates who make the ballot will square off in the Nov. 8 general election