Originally published in Castine Patriot, March 8, 2018 and Island Ad-Vantages, March 8, 2018 and The Weekly Packet, March 8, 2018
Brown seeks reelection to Hancock County Commision
Percy (Joe) Brown Jr. has announced his candidacy for reelection for Hancock County Commissioner in District II, which includes Bucksport, Verona Island, Orland, Dedham, Penobscot, Castine, Brooksville, Brooklin, Sedgwick, Deer Isle and Stonington.
Brown, currently serving his fourth term, says county government needs to examine new ways to provide county services and remain affordable to the property tax payer. During the past few years the county commissioners have used wind farm money and grants to upgrade the mechanical systems at the courthouse facility and improve emergency communications with a new radio tower system located on Mt. Waldo. This was much needed for District II and the western part of the county, a press release stated.
Brown has been instrumental in forming the Hancock County Workforce Recovery Program for those with substance abuse problems.
Brown, of Deer Isle, is vice president of Percy L. Brown & Son Inc. Plumbing, Heating and Fuels. He has served on a number of local and state boards and committees. He is a past commander of Rodney Stinson American Post #102. Brown serves on the Northeastern Workforce Board, the advisory board at Washington County Community College, Eastern Maine Development Board and Maine County Commissioners Executive Board, representing Hancock County.
He graduated from Deer Isle High School and attended Wentworth Institute in Boston, Mass., and Southern Maine Technical Institute in Portland. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam in 1967-68 as a combat medic and was awarded the Purple Heart. Brown is a member of Marine Lodge #122 of Deer Isle, rising Star Lodge #4 of Penobscot and Temple Shrine of Bangor.