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Harris announces bid for District 139 seat

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 164, No. 20, May 15, 2002

MILO Murrel Harris, of Milo, has announced his candidacy for the Maine House of Representatives, District 139. District 139 covers East Millinocket, Medway, Woodville, Chester, portions of Lincoln, Maxfield , Medford, Milo, Lake View and Sebois Plantations and several unorganized territories.

Harris, a life-long resident of Milo, currently serves as the Recreation Director for the Town of Milo,in addition to serving as secretary/treasurer for the Milo Fire Department.Harris graduated from Milo High School in 1964, attended Husson College until he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1966. Harris graduated from the U.S. Army- Veterinary School in 1967, serving in Okinawa, Japan from 1967 to 1969.

Harris will pursue the District 139 seat as a clean election candidate with the support of Sen. Paul Davis (R-Sangerville) and Rep. Steven Stanley (D-Medford).

During the Harris' years in the community, he has worked in many different areas of the town.Currently, he is facilities director for the Town of Milo, coordinator of the annual Schoodic Lake Fishing Derby, fire warden, charter member of the Three Rivers Kiwanis Club, working on several Kiwanis projects including, the Secret Santa project and the Town Hall Restoration Committee.

In the past, Harris has served on the SAD 41 board of directors, coached on both the middle school and high school levels and served as a member of the ambulance crew.

Creating a lower tax burden while expanding the economic attraction of the area are issues that Harris feels are important to pursue.

"I want to do a better job of promoting the area and the solid work force we can provide," Harris said. "I feel that my experience in many dif ferent areas can be of help to all members of District 139.1 will find ways to work with local officials and people to make our district as good as it can be."

Harris and his wife, Laurel Ellison Harris, have six grown children and four grandchildren. His son,Lance, works for White Mountain Cable in Milo. Ryan, employed by Anthem Insurance, lives with his wife, Karen in Hampden. His son,Reid ,is employed by Lucent Technologies, and lives with his wife,Chris, in New Hampshire. Michael is employed by General Electric of Bangor, S&L Auto of Milo and also serves part-time on the Milo Police Department. His daughter,Tina Vanedistine, lives in Brewer with her husband, Ed and his other daughter, Laurie Cates, lives in Old Town with her husband ,Scott, and is employed by the circulation department of the Bangor Daily News.

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