October 23, 2012

Freeport special election planned to replace Gideon

The town councilor, who's running for the Maine Legislature, resigned Oct. 6 because she moved to another district.

By Kelley Bouchard kbouchard@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

FREEPORT — A special election is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 4 to elect a replacement for former District 1 Town Councilor Sara Gideon.

Gideon said she resigned Oct. 6 because she and her family moved to District 3. Gideon has a year left in her three-year term.

Before moving, Gideon, who's running for the House District 106 seat in the state Legislature, had planned to serve in the District 1 council seat at least through the November election, and possibly through town budget season.

State and local laws would have allowed her double duty, Gideon said, but she didn't know if she could do both and serve her constituents well.

The Town Council is scheduled to vote on the special election Tuesday night, said Town Clerk Tracey Stevens.

If elected to the House seat, Gideon would represent residents of Freeport and part of Pownal.

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