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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Cape Elizabeth: Democrat Rep. Kim Monaghan-Derrig beat Republican Nancy Thompson by a vote of 3,033 to 2,329.

Monaghan-Derrig, a marketing and tour manager, served on the Cape Elizabeth School Board before being elected to the House. She said she would focus on improving the economy and creating jobs.

Thompson, who works for Living Wealth Partners LLC,  said she would focus on creating an environment that encourages college students to stay in or return to
Maine to live and work.


South Portland: Democratic Rep. Terry Morrison won re-election despite a challenge from Republican Thomas Sarbanis and independent Christopher Kessler in a three-way race.

Morrison got 3,080 votes to Kessler’s 1,115 and Sarbanis’s 1,002.

Kessler, an energy auditor, said Maine’s dependence on oil is one of the most pressing issues facing the state.

Morrison and Sarbanis did not respond to requests for information.


Cape Elizabeth and South Portland: Democrat Scot Hamann beat Republican Kenneth Myrick and Independent Roger Bishop.

Hamann, owner of Hamann Media, got 2,431 votes, and Myrick came in
second with 1,391 votes. Bishop got 588 votes.

Hamann said he wants to ensure the voices of Mainers aren’t drowned out by special-interest lobbyists.


South Portland: Rep. Bryan Kaenrath, a Democrat, won re-election Tuesday
against challenger Republican Kevin Battle.

Kaenrath got 2,092 votes to Battle’s 1,870.

Kaenrath, a graduate student, has represented the district for three terms. He said he would focus on finding innovative strategies to improve the economy.

Battle, a former South Portland police officer, said he would focus on tax relief for small businesses and creating good-paying jobs.


Westbrook: Rep. Ann Peoples, a Democrat, won re-election against Republican Michael Lawson.

Peoples recieved 2,903 votes to Lawson’s 1,660.

Peoples, who is retired, has served for six years on the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation and previously was a Westbrook city councilor.


Westbrook: Democrat Andrew Gattine defeated Republican Matt Maloney, 2,418 to 1,408, for the House District 126 seat, representing Westbrook.

Gattine served on the Westbrook City Council from 2004 to 2009 and was chairman of the Westbrook Charter Commission.

Maloney, who has no political experience, focused his campaign on liberty and localism.


Gorham: Democrat Andrew McLean upset incumbent Republican Rep. Jane Knapp.

McLean, a student affairs administrator at the University of Southern Maine, got 3,540 votes to Knapp’s 2,172.

McLean said he wants to lead efforts to reinvest in vocational education and promote sustainable economic development.

Knapp, a retired teacher, said the Legislature needed to fund cost-effective, quality education and to support training to prepare residents for jobs.


Gorham and Buxton: Democratic Rep. Linda Sanborn held off a challenge by Republican Matt Mattingly to win the House District 130 seat in Gorham and Buxton.

Sanborn finished with 2,606 votes to Mattingly's 1,948.

Sanborn, who has served four years in the Legislature, said her focus would continue to be on implementing health care reform. Mattingly did not respond to requests for information.


Buxton and Hollis: Republican Don Marean of Hollis narrowly beat Democrat Ronald Usher to represent Hollis and part of Buxton in House District 131. 

Marean finished with 2,802 votes and Usher had 2,089.

Marean, a former Hollis selectman, previously served two terms in the House. He is retired after owning a small business for 40 years. Usher, who is retired from S.D. Warren, previously served in the House and Senate.


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