November 7, 2012

Legislative race results for southern Maine

Incumbent Dick Woodbury appears to have held on to his seat in the closely fought Senate District 11.

From staff reports

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Republican Thomas Tyler, a former state representative, defeated Democrat Ralph Johnson, 2,672 to 2,348, to represent Gray and Windham in the House District 110 seat.

Tyler said he would work to make Maine more attractive to new businesses, while protecting natural resources. Johnson said he would focus on jobs and improving the economy.


Windham: Democrat Jane Pringle defeated Republican Stuart “Toby” Pennels, 2,545 to 2,262, in the House District 11 race.

Pringle, a part-time physician, said she would use her medical experience to promote affordable and portable health insurance for all Mainers.

Pennels, a retired Army officer and owner of an investment company, was reelected to his seat on the Regional School Unit 14 board on Tuesday.


Falmouth: Incumbent Democrat Mary Nelson defeated Republican challenger John Jones, 3,231 to 2,622, in the House District 112 race.

Nelson, who has served on the Falmouth Town Council, said she would continue to focus on education and improving the economy through investments in research and development and partnerships with the private sector.

Jones, who served in the U.S. Air Force and was regional director for the Ron Paul 2012 presidential campaign, said he would work to reduce taxation and government spending.


Incumbent Mark Dion, an attorney and former Cumberland County sheriff, defeated Republican Jeffrey Langholtz, 2,661 to 1,414, to represent Falmouth and Portland in House District 113.

Dion, a Democrat, said he would work on economic issues, growing the technology work force and long-term energy policy solutions.

Langholtz, an attorney, said he would focus on job creation and minimizing government intervention.


Portland: Republican Eric Bleicken came up short in his challenge to unseat incumbent Peter Stuckey, a Democrat.

Stuckey took 74 percent of the vote, winning 1,167 to 413. Bleicken, a business owner, said he is a tea party Republican who would support Gov. Paul LePage and his legislative efforts.

Stuckey said he would support using tax credits and bonds to pay for investments in weatherization, transportation, job training and research and development.


Portland: Democrat Denise Harlow was re-elected Tuesday night after running unopposed.


Portland: Democrat Matt Moonen prevailed in a three-way race Tuesday against Republican Kevin Casey and Green Independent Thomas MacMillan.

Moonen received 2,626 votes, while MacMillan got 1,233 votes and Casey got 654.

MacMillan, a substitute teacher, said he would work toward income equality, universal health care and livable wages, in part through higher taxes on the wealthiest Mainers and ending corporate tax loopholes.

Moonen cited his experience working on progressive issues such as marriage equality and clean elections and said he would support efforts to invest in schools, work force training and infrastructure.

Casey did not respond to requests for information.


Portland: Independent Rep. Ben Chipman beat Democrat Herb Adams and Republican Gwendolyn Tuttle in a three-way race.

Chipman received 1,872 votes, while Adams got 1,264 votes and Tuttle got 316.

Chipman, a community organizer, served in the House from 2002-2006 and was again elected in 2010.

Adams, an adjunct faculty member at Southern Maine Community College, previously served in the Maine Legislature, Registry of Probate for Cumberland County and on the Portland School Committee.

Tuttle, a case manager at Support and Recovery Services, has no political experience and said she would address the poor economy if elected.


Portland: Democratic Rep. Diane Russell beat Republican Davian Akers and Green Independent Justin Lynn.

Russell received 2,945 votes, compared to 647 votes for Akers and 611 votes for Lynn.

Russell, who works at Morel Communications, said she would prioritize the needs of the middle class over the interests of multinational corporations and the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans.

Akers, owner of a marketing firm, said he would support a tax structure that encourages business growth and gives Maine an advantage over other states in attracting new businesses.

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