Ed Legg runs unopposed in District 141

By Laura Dolce, Seacoast Online , October 28, 2008

KENNEBUNK, Maine — When Ed Legg retired as vice president of UNE two years ago, he didn’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.

“It was (Rep.) Chris Babbidge, saying he wanted to go back to teaching full time, and would I be interested in running for his seat,” Legg said. “So I called around, talked to people, and finally decided I would.”

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 he’ll face, since Babbidge had been running unopposed and Legg inherited that position.

“It made it (running) more attractive,” he laughed.

Legg said he has a few priorities for issues he’d like to tackle in Augusta, starting with research and development, particularly in the biomedical and marine fields. He’s also anxious to take on economic and environmental issues, including energy efficiency.  But if there’s one issue he feels strongly combines those very concerns, it’s water.

“I don’t support at all the selling of our water rights to Nestle,” he said.