AUGUSTA — Rep. Matthew Pouliot of Augusta has declared his candidacy for re-election to the state House of Representatives.
Pouliot, a Republican who has served one term in the House, is unopposed in the June primary, and faces a challenge from Democrat Monica Castellanos in the general election in November. Both are running for the new House District 86, which is most of Augusta west of the Kennebec River.
Pouliot served on the Legislature’s Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, and worked to pass a bill to bring financial literacy education to Maine high schools. He also sponsored legislation to allow municipalities to ban sex offenders from living with 750 feet of privately owned recreational areas used by children and he advocated for the state Department of Transportation to make roads in Augusta a priority in construction plans, according to a news release.
Pouliot, a graduate of Cony High School and the University of Maine at Augusta, is married, is a realtor for Re/Max, and is on the Kennebec Valley Board of Realtors, Rotary Club, Augusta Downtown Alliance and Junior Achievement of Maine.