AUGUSTA — Doreen Sheive has announced that she’s running as a Democrat for House District 56, serving the city’s east side and part of the west side.

Sheive, 65, said in a news release that she was born and raised in central Maine and is a retired state worker. Sheive said she has a keen understanding of state government and the Legislature, spending nearly three decades working to protect the interests of Maine residents and taxpayers.

“I will stand firm for the people of Augusta,” Sheive said. “I will work very hard to ensure that our residents are properly represented and heard in the state Legislature.”

Also running for the seat is Corey Wilson, a Republican. Now, the seat is held by Rep. Anna Blodgett, a Democrat, who is not seeking re-election.

Sheive, a single mother, said she wants government to look out for working people and she will fight for integrity, honesty and fairness in state government.

“I understand what it’s like to struggle to make ends meet and work two to three jobs just to get by,” Sheive said. “I am committed to fighting for working and middle class families so we have more jobs, more opportunity, and more prosperity in this state.

“It’s time we stop attacking Maine workers and Maine’s unemployed and focus on getting them back to work and getting money back in their pockets. We need to join hands to work for the people of Maine. This should be our most important job.”