Name: Percy L. “Joe” Brown
Residence: Deer Isle
Present Employment: Vice president of Percy L. Brown & Son Inc., plumbing, heating and propane in Deer Isle
Highest Level of Education Completed: Attended Wentworth Institute in Boston and Southern Maine Vocational Technical Institute in Portland
Previous Elected Public Office(s) Held: Hancock County commissioner (16 years, currently serving — five of those as chairman), Deer Isle Planning Board (five years) and Board of Appeals
When I first ran for commissioner, I sought to make county government more efficient and improve the services it provides at a reasonable cost to taxpayers.
Accomplishing this means working with municipalities to help reduce redundant services, which will provide property tax relief. Promoting economic development and a viable workforce is another priority.
As a commissioner I represent Hancock County on two important organizations: Eastern Maine Development Corp. and Northeastern Workforce Development Board. EMDC is a nonprofit that assists small business owners, and individuals looking to start businesses, in procuring loans. Workforce Development trains and assists those seeking employment.
In 2017, I was instrumental in forming Hancock County Recovery & Workforce Development Project. With the help of Open Door Recovery and EMDC this program helps incarcerated individuals. It helps with their substance abuse and with finding job training and employment. This project is also open to individuals with substance abuse problems who are not incarcerated. This program has been very successful and I would like it to continue. The $100,000 funding came from wind farm money at no cost to taxpayers.
My experience in county government and as a business owner gives me a solid background to accomplish these goals.