Seth Berry, a local business executive and former area teacher and state representative, recently filed papers for election to the Maine House of Representatives.

Berry, a Democrat, is running to represent House District 55, which includes Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, most of Richmond and Swan Island.

Berry, 47, was first elected to represent the district in 2006 and won each of his four elections to the seat. In 2014, he was ineligible to run because of term limits.

He grew up in Bowdoinham and taught in public schools for nearly 20 years, first in East Harlem, New York, and later back home in Maine School Administrative District 75. Berry has been majority leader and majority whip of the Maine House and has served on legislative committees ranging from taxation to workforce to energy and technology issues. He is a former Bowdoinham selectperson and selectboard chairman.

Since 2011 Berry has been vice president at Kennebec River Biosciences in Richmond, a Maine-based, Maine-owned biotechnology firm with an expanding global presence and a unique focus on aquatic animal health. He lives in Bowdoinham with his wife, Adelaida, and their two sons, ages 12 and 14.

The District 55 seat is currently held by Rep. Brian Hobart, R-Bowdoinham, and he has filed to run for re-election to the seat, according to the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices.

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