ROCKLAND — A Rockland man who is seeking the Maine House seat that represents Rockland and part of Owls Head entered a not guilty plea Monday morning on a charge that he was operating a motor vehicle after his license had been suspended.

Roger V. Tranfaglia, 67, entered the plea Sept. 19 in the Knox County court after consulting with the defense attorney for the day.

His next scheduled court date is Dec. 15.

Tranfaglia was stopped by Rockport police on June 22 when he was driving on Route 1 in Rockport.

He was convicted in 2019 of operating after suspension, according to court records. He was fined $250 for operating on Old County Road in Rockport in February 2019 for driving with a license that had been suspended.

The reasons for the suspensions were not immediately available.

Tranfaglia is the Republican candidate for the Maine House District 42 seat. Rep. Valli Geiger of Rockland is the Democratic candidate for the seat.

District 42 consists of Rockland, North Haven, Criehaven, Matinicus Isle, Muscle Ridge Islands and the part of the municipality of Owls Head.

When asked after his court appearance whether it would affect his race, Tranfaglia said his next hearing was in December.