Business Manager Tony Sapienza
IBEW 1837 Member Poised to Serve in Maine Legislature
January 23, 2020 - Kevin O’Connell, a longtime member of IBEW Local #1837, First Class Lineworker at EmeraMaine and former Brewer mayor, has been nominated as the Democratic candidate for the House District 128 special election. The vacancy in that seat is a result of the passing of the late State Representative Arthur C. "Archie" Verow.
“I’m proud to carry on the legacy of service that was so important to Archie,” said O’Connell. “In him, we had a representative that represented the values of this city. I am committed to doing my best to be that person for Brewer.”
O’Connell, 59, who was born and raised in Brewer, served two years as Brewer’s mayor and nine years on the city council. O’Connell served 24 years in the military, six years as a First Sergeant, with his final deployment being in Baghdad. He’s worked at Bangor Hydro and EmeraMaine since March 6, 1989.
“I love Brewer, I love our city of great people, and I am committed to representing us in Augusta,” said O’Connell.
“Kevin has been a solid worker for EmeraMaine and a dedicated member of IBEW for more than 30 years,” said IBEW 1837 Business Manager Dick Rogers. ”I have no doubt that he will do a great job representing the interests of workers throughout the state when he serves in the Maine Legislature.”