AUGUSTA, Maine — Jean Noon of Springvale has announced that she will run for her late husband’s Sanford-area seat in the Maine House of Representatives.
Rep. William Noon , 66, died in July from a rare form of cancer, just one day before the Legislature’s final day in session. His passing was marked by emotional tributes from both sides of the political spectrum.
“It’s an honor to take on the important work that my husband started in service to our community and our state,” said Jean Noon in a written statement Tuesday morning. “As a farmer, teacher and longtime resident of Springvale, I know firsthand the challenges facing communities like ours.”
Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap announced Tuesday that the special election for the District 19 seat, which represents part of Sanford, will take place on Nov. 3, the same day Mainers vote on a ballot question about public election funding and two bond questions.
Democrats and Republicans in the Sanford area will caucus on dates to be determined to choose their candidates.
Noon, who served as an art teacher for 13 years in public schools, runs the family’s 75-acre organic sheep farm.
William Noon was serving his second term in the Maine House of Representatives and was a member of the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee. He and his wife have two children and three grandchildren.
“Bill was a great legislator and a good friend,” said House Speaker Mark Eves of North Berwick in a written statement. “I know he would be very proud to see his wife continue his work.”
The Maine Republican Party did not immediately respond Tuesday to a request for information about its potential candidates or caucus date.