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Longtime local planner, candidate, military officer joins Planning Board

By Daniel Dunkle | Apr 01, 2021
Source: File Photo Blaine Richardson

Hope — Blaine Richardson has joined the Hope Planning Board, but he is not new to the local planning and business scene.

In fact, Richardson has done many things that got him in the news over the years.

In terms of local government work, he served on the Rockland Planning Board from 1982 to 1987, including time as chair, and as planner and Code Enforcement Officer for Rockport from 1989 to 1997. He has served as Clerk of the Works for major projects including the Methodist Conference Home in Rockland, according to his application to the town of Hope to serve on the board.

He was involved in his family business, The Green Thumb in Rockport, for 10 years.

In 2000, he moved to Belfast and started his own construction company, B. Richardson Co. He is now retired.

He told The Republican Journal at one point, “My family has roots in Maine that date back to 1634. I graduated from the College of Charleston, in South Carolina, with a BA in biology (pre-med) and enlisted in the Navy during the Vietnam War. After graduating from Naval Flight School in 1974, I served in four military conflicts, including Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom, and was U.S. Naval liaison officer to the state of Maine during the terms of Govs. [John] Jock McKernan and Angus King.”

He holds the rank of Captain, having retired after a 31-year career in the military.

A conservative, Richardson ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2012 and 2014, and for the Maine House District 97 seat in 2016. He has run as both a Republican and an Independent.

“My philosophy with regard to serving in any capacity where there is a high standard of public trust expected is simply this,” he said in his application to the town.

“Citizens who come before any government entity should be treated with courtesy and professionalism as they are the people served. Their projects are important to them. I believe any board is there to see if they can achieve those objectives within the land use rules and regs that are in place and to guide them in the best way possible if their project needs to be changed to comply with those rules. I would want any applicant to come away from an encounter with the board feeling that they have been heard and helped.”

He could not be reached for comment for this story.

Juanita Hunt was also re-appointed to the Planning Board March 23. She has also served as Historical Society President.

Molly Luce and Marie Berry are also new to the Planning Board.

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