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Cumberland state Rep. Moriarty won't seek re-election

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Cumberland state Rep. Moriarty won't seek re-election

CUMBERLAND — Freshman state Rep. Steven W. Moriarty, a Democrat who was elected in 2012, announced Monday that he will not seek a second term.

Expressing "deepest personal regret," the former town councilor said his "decision does not come lightly, but business considerations and the challenges of serving in Augusta while simultaneously keeping the commitments of a full-time career have led me to this conclusion."

Moriarty represents District 108, which also includes a portion of North Yarmouth, as well as Chebeague Island and Long Island. Because of restricting that takes effect this year, voters in Cumberland and a southern part of Gray will elect Moriarty's successor in what will be House District 45.

North Yarmouth moves into House District 46, with Durham and part of Pownal.

Cumberland will also have a new state senator in November, because Sen. Richard Woodbury, U-Yarmouth, who represents District 11, announced last month that he will not seek a third term. His successor will represent Senate District 25, which will also include Chebeague Island, Falmouth, Gray, Long Island, part of Westbrook, and Yarmouth.

"I am honored more than I can express to have represented the residents of District 108," Moriarty said in a prepared statement. "Serving you has been a profoundly rewarding and fulfilling experience which I will always cherish. It has also been a great privilege to have worked together with the dedicated men and women of both parties in the Legislature as we have sought solutions to the many complex problems which confront the people of Maine."

Moriarty, an attorney at Norman, Hanson & DeTroy in Portland, served on the Town Council from 1987 to 1993, and then again from 1997 through his election to the House.

His service also includes time on the town Charter Commission; the Twin Brook Advisory, Rines Forest, Route 88, Route 100, Veterans Memorial, Cumberland/North Yarmouth Joint Standing, and Main Street committees; the Patten Free Library advisory board, and the Val Halla board of trustees.

Moriarty, who was also on the Maine Municipal Association Legislative Policy Committee, said he "will in the future seek active involvement in local government and community affairs as I have done in the past."

He said he does not expect to run again for the Town Council, but may pursue an appointed position in the area of long-range planning. The legislator noted that several standing town committees always seem to need volunteers.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.