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Beebe-Center won't seek re-election

Geiger sets goal for state House seat

By Stephen Betts | Jan 10, 2020
Valli Geiger

Rockland — Rockland City Councilor Valli Geiger filed papers Friday to seek the Maine House seat that represents Rockland and Owls Head.

Geiger said she made her decision after incumbent Rep. Anne "Pinny" Beebe-Center, D-Rockland, announced she would not seek re-election.

Beebe-Center has served in the Maine House since being elected in March 2015, following the resignation of Democrat Elizabeth Dickerson.

Geiger, a Democrat, said she has been talking with Beebe-Center for the past six weeks and had wanted her to run for a fourth term.

Geiger said she is running because she wants to work on issues that she has championed as a Rockland City Councilor. She said that it is for the state to provide more financial support to service centers, such as Rockland.

She said she would also like to see the state formula for distributing school aid changed, but acknowledged that it would be difficult due to other communities' benefit from the current formula. Additional revenue sharing to service centers, however, would provide some relief from property taxes, the Democratic candidate said.

Geiger is serving her second term on the City Council, being elected in 2014 and 2017. She was also elected by her council peers to be its mayor in 2017. Her current term ends in November, and Geiger said she would not be running for Council.

She is a nurse by profession and has lived in Rockland for 23 years.

No other candidates have taken out for the Maine House District 93 seat.

Party candidates have until March 16 to file nomination papers with the Maine Secretary of State to formally be on the June 9 primary ballot. Un-enrolled candidates – also referred to as independents – have until June 1 to file nomination papers to get on the November general election ballot.

The winners of the party primaries and un-enrolled candidates will face off on the general election Nov. 3.

Beebe-Center also served as a Knox County Commissioner from 2002 through 2010.

Beebe-Center said she will be serving as a consultant with Knox County and will be providing discharge planning for inmates who are being released. That work will begin at the end of the month but she said she will finish out the Legislative term. The discharge planning is to make sure that people being released have access to services they need such as mental health care or housing.

The Rockland legislator said she plans to run for the Maine state Senate in 2022 to represent much of Knox County.

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Comments (4)
Posted by: Ronald Dyer | Jan 13, 2020 18:30

So Rockland is no longer a city? or just a "service center"?

Is that full service or do you have to pump your own?


Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Jan 11, 2020 08:40

Surprise, surprise. Good timing Valli you have my support

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Jan 10, 2020 14:18

Two positive moves.  Valli has proven her worth and commitment to the people of Rockland and MSP could not find a better person for the position for prerelease than Pinny.  Kudos.

Posted by: Ananur Forma | Jan 10, 2020 14:10

come Monday night to city council when Valli Geiger will seek to move forward an ordinance to protect Rockland from Cell towers being placed on Rte. 1 next to residences. Please come Monday January 13 5:30 p.m. To show support for this action.

Am sorry Pinny won't continue on as our representative. Her voice is strong. She has high principles.

Valli Geiger will do well, she too has high principles that she is not afraid to clearly state.

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