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Former UMF President Seeks Legislative Seat

For 18 years, Theo Kalikow led the University of Maine at Farmington, and then served as interim president of the University of Southern Maine after her retirement. She is now running for the Legislature from Scarborough.

“It’s something I always had in the back of my mind,” she says. “Public service in Maine is like being in a big village.”

Kalikow says Democrats approached her and asked her to run for the Legislature after the party’s nominee dropped out. It’s all part of the election year scramble to contest as many seats in the Legislature as possible.

She says she is looking for an issues-based contest.

Kalikow faces incumbent Republican Rep. Karen Vachon in the fall.