Casas making another bid for House District 94

By Elizabeth Hebert | Mar 01, 2016
Photo by: Max Breslow Owen Casas

Rockport — Rockport Select Board member and Iraq War veteran Owen Casas has announced his candidacy for House District 94 representing Camden, Rockport and Islesboro.

Casas ran for the same seat in 2014.

"Although I did not win, we garnered over 32 percent of the vote, as an unknown Independent. That solidified my commitment to run again to continue the meaningful dialogue that resonated with so many of my neighbors," Casas said in a press release.

Casas is once again running as an Independent because he said no political party has a monopoly on good ideas.

"The job of an elected official is to work for the people by addressing their issues and crafting the best solutions. Great ideas come from all points on the political spectrum and all walks of life," he said.

Casas said he is passionate about veterans issues, renewable energy and energy efficient policy, education, and diversified sustainable economic growth.

If elected to the House, Casas plans to remain in his seat on the Rockport Select Board until his Board term expires in 2018. He is the Board's liaison to the Camden-Rockport Pathways Committee and Rockport's Parks Committee and Recreation Committee.

Kathleen Meil and Betsy Saltonstall, both Democrats, have also announced their candidacy for the seat, which is currently occupied by Joan Welsh, D-Rockport, who has served the maximum eight years under term limits.

Casas was raised in Washington, but said he spent a lot of time in Camden and Rockport.

"I came to Rockport at least once a week growing up, for church. In the early years of high school, I washed dishes at Bay View Lobster in Camden," he said.

Casas enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at 18 and served over four years, including a tour in Fallujah, Iraq. After being honorably discharged, he went to the University of Maine, Augusta, on the GI Bill and graduated with honors with a bachelors degree in applied science. He is currently enrolled in a master's degree program at Case Western Reserve University.

He lives in Rockport with his wife Marci Annis Casas and their three children.

Casas encourages people to tell him what they feel needs to be addressed in Augusta.

"If you see me on the street, stop me and give me your two cents!" he said in his statement.

He can also be reached at owencasas@gmail.com or 333-0067.

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