AUGUSTA — Sen. David Trahan said today he will step down from his Senate seat by the end of the year and immediately resign from the fish and wildlife committee so he can serve as executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine starting in October.

Trahan, a Waldoboro Republican, wants to keep the seat until December so he can continue to work on the Legislature’s Taxation Committee. Trahan is Senate chairman of the committee and the group has been authorized to meet this summer and fall to continue efforts to make the tax code “simpler and more fair,” according to a statement released by the Senate Republican Office.

“Since 1998, much of my time in both the Maine Senate and Maine House of Representatives has been devoted to tax issues,” Trahan said in a statement. “I see the completion of my work on this task as a fitting close to my years representing the wonderful people of Lincoln County and the entire state of Maine.”

Before he interviewed for the alliance job, Trahan sought advice from the state ethics commission on whether he could continue to serve as a lawmaker while being executive director of the group. He was advised against it, which is why he will immediately resign from the Legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee.

The election to fill Trahan’s seat, which will likely be held early next year, will be the fourth special election of this Legislature.

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