By Laura Dolce, Seacoast Online , October 28, 2008
KENNEBUNK, Maine â€” When Ed Legg retired as vice president of UNE two years ago, he didnâ€™t imagine a second career would be coming his way anytime soon. But sitting at home watching the Red Sox one night, a phone call changed his life.
â€œIt was (Rep.) Chris Babbidge, saying he wanted to go back to teaching full time, and would I be interested in running for his seat,â€ Legg said. â€œSo I called around, talked to people, and finally decided I would.â€
Weeks later, at a town Democratic caucus, Legg was chosen as the Democratic candidate for District 141 for the Maine House of Representatives on the first ballot. That was the only opposition heâ€™ll face, since Babbidge had been running unopposed and Legg inherited that position.
â€œIt made it (running) more attractive,â€ he laughed.
Legg said he has a few priorities for issues heâ€™d like to tackle in Augusta, starting with research and development, particularly in the biomedical and marine fields. Heâ€™s also anxious to take on economic and environmental issues, including energy efficiency.Â But if thereâ€™s one issue he feels strongly combines those very concerns, itâ€™s water.
â€œI donâ€™t support at all the selling of our water rights to Nestle,â€ he said.