Following a write-in campaign, it appears that a former Gorham police lieutenant, Edward “Ted” Blais, will be on the November ballot as the Republican candidate for Cumberland County sheriff.

Bill Holmes, chairman of the Cumberland County Republican Committee, said Blais unofficially tallied 400 write-in votes in last week’s primary, 100 more than required for Blais’ name to be printed on the fall ballot.

In November, Blais, 44, will face incumbent Mark Dion for Cumberland County sheriff. Dion, who has been sheriff for the past eight years, was unchallenged for the Democratic nomination.

Blais, who now lives in Standish, left the Gorham Police Department a year ago to become chief of police at the University of Maine at Farmington. Blais served Gorham for 20 years, becoming a lieutenant in 2001.

Gorham voters wrote in Blais’ name 87 times; Scarborough, 78; Standish, 68; Westbrook, 45; Portland, 59; Cape Elizabeth, 20; South Portland, 14; Falmouth, 21; and Yarmouth, 16. Holmes said the figures were from municipal clerks.


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