CAMDEN — Scott Rocknak, of Camden, has announced his candidacy for Maine Senate District 12, a seat vacated by longtime Senator Dave Miramant, who served the seat for a maximum allowed four terms (eight years).
Senate District 12 comprises Appleton, Camden, Criehaven Twp., Cushing, Friendship, Hope, Isle au Haut, Matinicus Isle Plantation, Muscle Ridge Islands Township, North Haven, Owl’s Head, Rockland, Rockport, South Thomaston, St. George, Thomaston, Union, Vinalhaven, and Warren.
Rocknak has operated a boatyard and brokerage in Knox County for decades, and has also worked in educational programming for museums and content creation for public television.
A registered Republican, he is a graduate of the University of Maine, Orono, with a B.A. in international affairs and economics. He is also a USCG Merchant Mariner Master and achieved ABYC recognition in Marine Diesel, Electrical, and Operational Systems.
“Running for office is not a decision I made lightly,” he said, Jan. 3. “We can either participate or we can watch; this year I've chosen to participate. Why? For many reasons; but a large motivation for me was the way the COVID experience and its associated mandates have affected small businesses here in Knox County and across the state.
“I'm also concerned about the disruptions to our education system and our healthcare system. I believe we're at an important point as we decide the future path Maine is going to take, and I'm running for office to be a strong voice for the people of Knox County while those decisions are being made at the State House.
“Along with my experience as a local business owner, my experience working in Washington, D.C., as a logistical coordinator for disaster relief will help guide me in work as a State Senator. However, my first priority will always be to listen to my constituents – and what I'm hearing from people right now is that they are not satisfied with the status quo. I look forward to talking more with people on the campaign trail.”