AUGUSTA — Corey Wilson has announced he’s running as a Republican for House District 56, serving the city’s east side and part of the west side.

Wilson, 26, of Augusta, enlisted in the Marine Corps after high school graduation and saw combat during two tours of duty in Kuwait and Iraq, according to a news release. Wilson rose to the rank of sergeant in the Marines and was ineligible to re-enlist because of injuries sustained on active duty.

“After serving my country, I now wish to serve my community, by representing my neighbors of Augusta in the state Legislature,” Wilson said. “I will put the same effort into serving our state that I gave in defense of my country. I am an independent thinker, with the courage to stand unflinchingly for my constituents.”

Also running for the seat is Doreen Sheive, a Democrat, according to the secretary of state’s website. Now, the seat is held by Rep. Anna Blodgett, a Democrat, who is not seeking re-election.

Since returning to Augusta, from 2010 to 2012, Wilson has worked for the Department of Homeland Security, but recently resigned from his job in order to seek political office. Wilson is pursuing a career in real estate, and is scheduled to graduate in May from Park University of Parkville, Mo., with a bachelor’s degree in business.

Wilson said this is his first try at running for political office.

Top issues for Wilson include jobs and providing support to small businesses.

“As a fiscal conservative, I will work with others to seek common sense solutions on major issues to avoid indebting future generations,” he said. “I also understand the plight of the less fortunate and will defend their right to a decent life.”

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