Paul Paradis is running for Hancock County commissioner representing District III (Bar Harbor, Cranberry Isles, Franklin, Frenchboro, Hancock, Lamoine, Marshall Island, Mount Desert, Southwest Harbor, Swan’s Island, Tremont and Trenton).
Residence: Bar Harbor
Employment: Owner of Paradis True Value
Highest Level of Education Completed: Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Babson College
Previous Elected Public Office(s) held: Bar Harbor Town Councilor (13 years, 3 as chairman)
The job of a county commissioner is very similar to serving on a local school committee or as a selectman or town councilor. It is one of the least political elected positions in the state of Maine – as it should be. The primary job of a commissioner is reviewing and implementing the county budget and overseeing the efficient operations of the county. These services include Probate, Deeds, the Sheriff’s Department, and the Hancock County/Bar Harbor Airport.
Since the major funding of county government is through local property taxes, it’s vitally important that a commissioner be a good steward of local property tax dollars.
Beth and I purchased Paradis True Value from my parents over 25 years ago. Today, our business continues to thrive and grow. I served on the Bar Harbor Town Council for 13 years – 3 years as chair. I am also a private pilot and frequent user of the Hancock County/Bar Harbor Airport and have a strong understanding of the operations and funding structure of the airport.
I feel strongly that the sum of my experience and strong budgeting skills would be of great value to the Hancock County Commission.