Saturday, March 8, 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.
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