MANCHESTER — Pamela J. Boivin has announced that she’s running as a Democrat in House District 83, which consists of Manchester, Belgrade, Mount Vernon, Fayette and Vienna.

Boivin, 43, works as a legal specialist at a domestic-violence project, as an adjunct professor in justice studies at the University of Maine and as an adjunct professor in behavioral sciences at Kennebec Valley Community College.

In a news release, Boivin said she considers herself an advocate, not a politician.

“I believe that we have a moral obligation to take care of the most vulnerable in our society; from our children to our older population,” she said.

Also running for the seat is incumbent Rep. Dennis Keschl, R-Belgrade, according to candidate filings on the Secretary of State’s website.

Boivin has earned a doctoral degree from the University Maine School of Law and is a graduate of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy and former officer in the Maine Army National Guard. She also has done postgraduate work at the Bangor Theological Seminary and is in the dissertation phase of a doctorate in criminal psychology.

Boivin’s professional experience has included working as a guardian ad litem in child protection cases, as a law enforcement officer and as assistant district attorney in the Office of the Domestic Violence prosecutor.

Boivin said she would work to create equality in the tax code, balance the state budget, and focus on economic development, job creation, and health care options.

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