GARDINER — Phillip Barter has announced his candidacy as a Democrat for House District 59, representing Gardiner and Randolph.

Barter, 64, of Gardiner, is an Army veteran and said he has resided most of his life in Gardiner and Randolph, according to a news release.

Also running are two more Gardiner Democrats — Harvey DeVane and Gay Grant.

Now, the seat is held by state Rep. Stephen P. Hanley, D-Gardiner, who is not running again because of term limits.

“It’s time for some common sense solutions during these tough times,” Barter said in a prepared statement.

Barter is a graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington and was a teacher in the Gardiner school system, according to the release. He has been active in real estate sales for more than 36 years.

Barter has been active with several community groups, including the Waterfront Task Force, Comprehensive Planning Review Committee, the Housing Committee, Gardiner Conservation Committee and the Board of Trade.

He is also a past president of the Gardiner Rotary Club and the Southern Kennebec Valley Board of Realtors.

Barter owned and operated Barter Real Estate for 16 years.

He and his wife of 39 years, Margaret, have three adult daughters and two granddaughters.

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