GOP contender emerges in House District 122

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SOUTH PORTLAND — Republican Steven Haskell announced he intends to seek the House District 122 seat held by Democratic Rep. Terry Morrison.

The district includes the Knightville-Mill Creek, Ferry Village, and Willard Square neighborhoods.

Haskell, who made the announcement at the City Council meeting on Wednesday, was born in Massachusetts and moved to Maine 31 years ago. He said he has lived in South Portland since 1999. He is a disabled U.S. Navy veteran, worked in machine shops for many years, and earned an associate degree in business management under the G.I. Bill.

Haskell said he would make welfare reform and fending off foreign manufacturing competition his priorities in Augusta. He has until March 15 to return his nominating petition to the secretary of state.