July 5, 2013

Bath councilor joins Maine Senate race

David Sinclair announces he will compete for the Democratic nomination to replace Seth Goodall of Senate District 19.

Kennebec Journal staff report

A Bath city councilor announced Friday that he's running for the Democratic nomination for the state Senate seat representing Sagadahoc County and Dresden.

David Sinclair, 44, who opened a law practice in 2010 after a career in software engineering and technology management, said his experience in city government would help him represent the district.

"My years of public service have established a record of responsiveness to constituent needs and successful collaboration," he said in a news release.

The Senate District 19 seat now is held by Senate Majority Leader Seth Goodall, D-Richmond.

Goodall plans to give up his seat Tuesday to become the Northeast director of the Small Business Administration, a federal post he was appointed to by President Obama.

The Maine Senate now has 19 Democrats, 15 Republicans and an independent, so a Republican win in District 19 would give Democrats the slimmest majority possible.

A former Republican state senator, Paula Benoit of Phippsburg, has said she will seek her party's nomination. Eloise Vitelli, a women's-business advocate from Arrowsic, announced her intention to run as a Democrat earlier this week.

At least for now, Sinclair could be fighting an uphill battle for his party's nomination: Goodall and House Majority Leader Seth Berry, D-Bowdoinham, have endorsed Vitelli for the nomination.

The special election to replace Goodall has yet to be scheduled.


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