Yarmouth's Innes won't seek re-election to House

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YARMOUTH — State Rep. Melissa Walsh Innes, D-Yarmouth, on Tuesday said she will not seek re-election in House District 107.

Democrat Janice Cooper, at one time an aide to former U.S. Rep. Tom Allen, has filed to run for the seat Innes has held since 2008.

Innes said she decided against seeking a third, two-year term because she would like to spend more time with her family.

She has served on the Natural Resources and Environment, and Education committees. She said wants to continue working on public policy after leaving office.

Cooper, a Cumberland Street resident, served as a special communications assistant to Allen from 1999 through 2008. Allen, also a Democrat, represented southern Maine’s 1st Congressional District.

Cooper was also an editor for Legal Times, a legal counsel for the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary and has been a substitute teacher in Yarmouth schools.

Cooper has filed with the Maine Office on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices to use Clean Election Funds for her campaign. The Ethics Committee website does not list any other Republican or Democratic candidates running for the seat.

David Harry can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or dharry@theforecaster.net. Follow David on Twitter: @DavidHarry8.

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Portland City Hall reporter for The Forecaster. Baltimore native, lived in Maine since 1989. A journalist since 2005, covering much of Cumberland and York counties. I joined The Forecaster in 2012.