Pair of Democrats face off in Augusta area Senate District 15 primary race

June 13th, 2018 by admin Leave a reply »

Two Democrats who have worked in the public sector but who have never before held elected office are vying for the Democratic nomination for the open Senate District 15 seat.

John Glowa Sr., 64, of China, said Maine state government is broken, and before any of the state’s other problems can be solved, that must be fixed.

Kellie Julia

John Glowa Sr.

Kellie Julia, 49, of South China, whose background is in education, said she’s running because the state needs more everyday people in the Legislature.

Senate District 15 encompasses Augusta, China, Oakland, Sidney and Vassalboro. The seat is currently held by Augusta attorney Roger Katz, a Republican who is term-limited.

Glowa, who earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Maine while he worked at the state Department of Environmental Protection, said that master’s degree taught him how government is supposed to work.

“In my opinion, not enough people in state government understand how it should work,” he said. “I understand the problems and how to fix them.”

During his 30 years with the state, Glowa said he knows how it works and how it doesn’t work.

“I have drafted numerous pieces of legislation and testified before the Legislature,” he said. “I have worked hard from the outside to reform state government, and I want to be in the Legislature to work to reform state government.”

Julia, a small business owner who has worked with elementary school-age children in different capacities

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