Thursday, April 17, 2014
From staff reports
(Continued from page 4)
Old Orchard Beach: Republican Sharri MacDonald was elected to represent Old Orchard Beach in House District 132, edging out Democrat Roxanne Frenette, 2,590-2,287.
Cris Johnson, an unenrolled declared write-in candidate, finished with 42 votes.
MacDonald, a town councilors, said she belives in putting more taxes on tourists to lower the burden on residents. Frenette, a former town councilor, is retiring from the Maine Turnpike Authority and said she would have shifted her energy to representing the people of her town.
HOUSE DISTRICT 133
Saco: Veteran legislator Barry Hobbins, a Democrat, beat newcomer Republican Demitroula Kouzounas 2,689 to 1,734 to represent Saco in House District 133.
Hobbins, an attorney who reached his term limit in the Senate, said the state should focus on growing the "green economy" to create more jobs.
Kouzounas, a dentist, said the way to create more jobs is to decrease taxation and regulation, which could happen if the state slows its spending and balances its budget.
HOUSE DISTRICT 134
Saco: Political newcomber Justin Chenette, a Democrat, beat Republican Roland Wyman 3,074 to 2,028 to represent Saco in House District 134.
Chenette, a college student, said the state should provide more incentives for businesses to locate in Maine.
Wyman, who is self-employed, said modifying the tax code and reducing red tape would improve the business climate.
HOUSE DISTRICT 135
Biddeford: State Rep. Paulette Beaudoin, a Democrat, won a fourth term Tuesday, beating Republican challenger Perry Aberle, 2,585 to 1,471, to represent part of Biddeford in House District 135.
Beaudoin, whose only job is as a state legislator, said creating more jobs is the greatest challenge for the state, but she would also focus on the elderly and getting them prescription drugs they need.
Aberle did not respond to requests for information about his campaign
HOUSE DISTRICT 136
Biddeford: State Rep. Megan Rochelo, a Democrat, won a second term representing part of Biddeford in House District 136, beating Republican challenger Lucille Rowe, 1,864 to 757.
Rochelo said Biddeford is an ideal place for new businesses. Rowe did not respond to the newspaper’s request for comment.
HOUSE DISTRICT 137
Kennebunkport and Biddeford: Republican William Guay narrowly edged out incumbent Democrat Alan Casavant, 2,550 to 2,542, to take the House District 137 seat in Biddeford and Kennebunkport.
Casavant, who has been mayor of Biddeford for 18 months, served three terms in the Legislature.
HOUSE DISTRICT 138
Alfred, Limerick Newfield and Shapleigh: James Campbell topped Republican Judee Meyer in the race to represent House District 138.
Campbell, who is unenrolled, finished ahead with 2,831 votes. Meyer, who has no political experience, finished with 2,261 votes.
HOUSE DISTRICT 140
Arundel, Dayton, Kennebunk and Lyman: Rep. Wayne Parry, a Republican, beat challenger Democrat Adam Spey to hold onto the House District 140 seat in Arundel, Dayton, Kennebunk and Lyman.
Parry finished with 2,859 votes, while Spey had 2,102 votes.
Parry said he would best represent his constituents as a native of the state and a working lobsterman. Spey, who lost his job in 2008, said he knows the effects of the poor economy firsthand.