Monday, March 10, 2014
From staff reports
Here's a look at results from legislative races around the state:
SENATE DISTRICT 4
Arundel, Biddeford, Kennebunk and Kennebunkport: Democrat David Dutremble of Biddeford appeared to be heading for a win early Wednesday, with 62 percent of the vote against unenrolled candidate James Booth of Arundel.
The vote was 6,495 to 3,960, with 8 of 10 precincts reporting.
Dutremble said he would work for bipartisan solutions to improve the economy and reduce energy costs. Booth said he would try to change things for the better in Augusta and bring more jobs to the district.
SENATE DISTRICT 5
Biddeford, Buxton, Dayton, Old Orchard Beach and Saco: Democrat Linda Valentino of Saco appeared to be heading for a win early Wednesday, with 62 percent of the vote against Republican Timothy Sevigny of Saco.
The vote was 6,431 to 4,021, with nine of 12 precincts reporting.
Sevigny said he wanted to make Maine more affordable and business-friendly.
Valentino, who’s now a state representative, said she wants to improve the climate for business and jobs by addressing the high cost of energy and transportation and the need for skilled labor.
SENATE DISTRICT 6
Gorham, Scarborough and Westbrook: Democrat James Boyle defeated Republican Ruth Summers with 55 percent of the vote.
The vote was 11,831 to 9,496. Boyle, of Gorham, said he would work to end partisan fighting that obstructs problem-solving and to promote tax and policy changes favorable to businesses and jobs.
Summers, of Scarborough, said she would work to keep taxes low, help small businesses create jobs and care for veterans.
SENATE DISTRICT 7
Cape Elizabeth, South Portland and part of Scarborough: Democrat Rebecca Millett defeated Republican Michael Wallace, 13,853 to 7,763.
Millett, of Cape Elizabeth, said she wanted to launch a nonpartisan, coordinated, goal-oriented effort to bring jobs to Maine.
Wallace, of South Portland, said he wanted to give more economic freedom to individual Mainers, move away from arbitrary government intervention and allow certainty to return to the marketplace.
SENATE DISTRICT 9
Portland, Westbrook: Democrat Anne Haskell appeared to be heading for a win early Wednesday, with 79 percent of the vote against Republican Kirsten Martin.
The vote was 1,152 to 309, with 10 of 11 precincts reporting. Haskell, a state representative of Portland, said she would work to improve the economy, education, health care, housing and the prison system and protect the environment.
Martin, of Portland, said she would work with Republican leadership to reduce welfare rolls and strengthen the economy.
SENATE DISTRICT 11
Cumberland, Falmouth, Gray, Long Island, North Yarmouth and Yarmouth: Unenrolled incumbent Dick Woodbury appeared to have fended off Republican challenger Chris Tyll, according to unofficial results announced early Wednesday.
The vote was 13,011 to 11,666, with Woodbury taking 53 percent of ballots. Woodbury, of Yarmouth, said he would use his experience as an economist and independent legislator to continue his efforts to improve Maine’s economy.
Tyll, of Cumberland, said he would use his combat and business experience to bring leadership and a strong voice for economic change to the Legislature.
HOUSE DISTRICT 63
Brunswick: Incumbent Rep. Charles Priest, a Democrat, won another term representing part of Brunswick in House District 63.
Priest topped his Republican challenger, John Bouchard, by a vote of 3,185 to 1,451.
Priest, an attorney, was elected to the House in 2006 after previously representing the district in the late 1980s and serving on the Brunswick Town Council. He said he would focus on bringing affordable health care to all Mainers, improving infrastructure and improving public education.
HOUSE DISTRICT 66
Brunswick: Matthea “Mattie” Daughtry, a Democrat, will represent part of Brunswick in House District 66, beating K. Frederick Horch, a Green Independent by a vote of 2,108 to 1,504.
Grant Connors, a Republican, received 1,009 votes.
Daughtry, a photographer who served as a congressional intern for former U.S. Rep. Tom Allen, said she would focus on nurturing the creative economy, high-tech companies and manufacturing sectors to improve the state's economy.
Horch, who is self-employed, said his priorities would be access to affordable health care, transitioning to clean energy and funding education.
HOUSE DISTRICT 99
Republican Jonathan Kinney won a three-way race for House District 99, defeating Democrat Lee Goldsberry and independent Elihu Upham to represent Cornish, Limington, Sebago, Denmark and Baldwin.
Kinney had 2,410 votes, Goldsberry had 1,642 votes and Upham had 711 votes.
Kinney, a retired Coast Guard officer, small business owner and member of the Limington Planning Board, said he would focus on economic issues.
HOUSE DISTRICT 101
Democrat Christine Powers edged out Republican Laurie Mondville by just 106 votes to represent Casco, Naples and Poland.
Powers won the House District 101 race, 2,477 to 2,371.
Powers is a selectwoman in Naples and director of the Naples Public Library.
Mondville is the owner of a childcare business and member of the SAD 61 school board.
HOUSE DISTRICT 102
Incumbent Democrat Michael Shaw easily defeated challengers Republican Todd Delaney and Green Independent Mike Wakefield for the House District 102 seat.
Shaw, a railroad conductor, received 2,298 votes.
Delaney, a member of the MSAD 6 school board, received 1,541. Wakefield, a salesman for Legacy Publishing, got 571 votes.
Shaw said his priorities are jobs, health care and education, and that he would work to bring compromise to the Legislature.
HOUSE DISTRICT 103
Incumbent Republican Michael McClellan led Democrat Leslie Stephenson, with results in from Poland, Raymond and Standish, but not Frye Island.
McClellan had 2,671 votes and Stephenson had 2,374 votes, with three of the four towns reporting early Wednesday morning.
McClellan, a self-employed consultant, said he would continue regulatory reform and work on education issues.
Stephenson, an analyst and former veterinarian, said he would seek more openness and transparency in government and work to fund improvements to Route 302.
HOUSE DISTRICT 106
Democrat Sara Gideon will represent Freeport and Pownal in House District 106.
She defeated Republican Jody James, 3,501 to 1,832.
Gideon, a Freeport Town Councilor who serves on the board of directors of Freeport Community Services, said she would focus on economic issues and on improving the quality of public education.
HOUSE DISTRICT 107
Yarmouth: Democrat Janice Cooper won the House District 107 seat. She beat out Republican Mark Hough, 3,217 to 2,140.
Cooper, who holds a law degree and was a communications staffer for former U.S. Rep. Tom Allen, said she would focus on education and expanding opportunities for young Mainers.
Hough did not respond to requests for information.
HOUSE DISTRICT 108
Democrat Steve Moriarty defeated Republican Joseph Kumiszcza, 3,958 to 1,993, for the House District 108 seat, representing Cumberland, Long Island and North Yarmouth.
Kumiszcza, president of Online Associated and director of TechMaine, said he would use his experience as an advocate for Maine’s technology sectors to push innovation, support entrepreneurs and reform education.
Moriarty, an attorney and long-time member of the Cumberland Town Council, said he would focus on economic development and support public education.
HOUSE DISTRICT 109
Democrat Anne Graham edged Republican Susan Austin by fewer than 30 votes for the House District 109 seat, representing Gray, North Yarmouth and Pownal.
Graham received 2,751 to Austin’s 2,722.
Graham, a former North Yarmouth selectwoman and nurse practitioner, said she would work to ensure affordable, quality health care and focus on education issues.
Austin, who has served eight years in the state House of Representatives, had pledged to focus on budget issues and efforts to stimulate the economy.
HOUSE DISTRICT 110
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.
HOUSE DISTRICT 111
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.
HOUSE DISTRICT 112
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.
HOUSE DISTRICT 113
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.
HOUSE DISTRICT 114
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.
HOUSE DISTRICT 116
Portland: Democrat Denise Harlow was re-elected Tuesday night after running unopposed.
HOUSE DISTRICT 118
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.
HOUSE DISTRICT 119
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.
HOUSE DISTRICT 120
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.
HOUSE DISTRICT 121
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.
HOUSE DISTRICT 122
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.
HOUSE DISTRICT 123
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.
HOUSE DISTRICT 124
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.
HOUSE DISTRICT 125
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.
HOUSE DISTRICT 126
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.
HOUSE DISTRICT 129
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.
HOUSE DISTRICT 130
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.
HOUSE DISTRICT 131
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.
HOUSE DISTRICT 132
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.