Stuckey defeats Vincent for Democratic nomination

State Rep. Peter Stuckey won the Democratic nomination against challenger George Vincent Jr. in Tuesday’s primary race for the House District 114 seat.

In unofficial results, Stuckey received 82 percent of the vote — 880-187 — in a district that covers Portland’s North Deering and East Deering neighborhoods, as well as Peaks, Great Diamond, Little Diamond, Cliff and the city’s other islands in Casco Bay.

Stuckey, 63, is a retired social services administrator who works part-time as a toll collector on the Maine Turnpike. He said during the campaign that he wants to spend more on preventive programs, such as dental health care and road resurfacing, so government costs aren’t as high in the future, and on supporting strong families as the basis for a strong nation.

Vincent, 66, is a semi-retired flooring contractor who served three terms in House in the late 1960s, when he sponsored legislation that started the Maine Housing Authority, and the early 1970s and 1980s. He said he wanted to get back in the thick of things at the State House and try to reduce unnecessary spending.


Constitutionalist receives nod from Republican voters

In Tuesday’s Republican primary race for the House District 116 seat, a traditional constitutionalist who has concerns about Islam won the nomination over a Somali immigrant who is Muslim.

Kenneth Capron, 59, received 82 percent of the vote against Badr Sharif, 21, to win the Republican nomination for the seat now held by Democrat Charles Harlow, who didn’t seek re-election. In unofficial results, the vote was 276-61 in a district that covers Portland’s Riverton and Barron Center neighborhoods.

Capron is a self-employed currency trader who recently founded the conservative Maine Center for Constitutional Studies. He said he wants to create jobs to reduce welfare and increase taxable income, promote aquaculture, make the most of Maine’s natural resources and develop clean energy programs that are self-sustaining.

Sharif graduated from Portland High School, is studying political science at Southern Maine Community College and works as a customer service representative for Unum. He said he wanted to promote education, fight crime and make Maine more welcoming to small businesses so they can create jobs for people who are on welfare.


Former Green state chair receives party nomination

Anna Trevorrow won the Green Independent Party nomination in Portland’s House District 120 on Tuesday. In unofficial results, she defeated Charles Bragdon 70-7, with all but absentee votes counted.

In the general election Nov. 2, Trevorrow will face Democratic Rep. Diane Marie Russell and Republican Thomas Elliman, who were not opposed in the primary.

District 120 covers Portland’s eastern waterfront, the Eastern Promenade and the Munjoy Hill area south of Congress Street.

Trevorrow, who works for Norway Savings Bank, stepped down as the Green party’s state chair recently to pursue the seat in the Legislature.

Bragdon, a former Democrat who owns A-Plus Family Taxi, lost a bid for City Council last year in his first run for elective office.


Former town GOP chairman wins place on fall ballot

Republicans elected William Gombar on Tuesday as their nominee for House District 132, which covers Old Orchard Beach.

Unofficial results showed Gombar defeated Clarence Stewart, 401-198. Gombar will face Democratic Rep. George Hogan in November’s general election.

Stewart, who served on the Old Orchard Beach Comprehensive Planning Commission, said during the campaign that he would advocate for mental health and elderly services and would seek to have every state agency audited to cut out unnecessary bureaucracy.

Gombar, who is on the Old Orchard Beach Charter Commission and is former chair of the town’s Republican Committee, said he’d cut spending, taxes and regulations if elected.


Political newcomer defeats councilor for Democratic nod

Megan Rochelo won Tuesday’s primary election for the Democratic nomination in House District 136, which represents part of Biddeford.

Unofficial results showed Rochelo defeated Bobby Mills, 353-287.

Rochelo will face W. Sturgis Whalen, who was unopposed for the GOP nomination. The nominees will face off to fill the seat held by Rep. Stephen Beaudette, who must leave the House because of term limits.

Mills, 44, is a two-term Biddeford city councilor who is now the council’s president. Mills, a sales route driver for a bakery, said during the campaign that he’d get more state aid for Biddeford schools if elected.

Rochelo, 33, was making her first bid for elective office. The director of the Coastal Healthy Communities Coalition, she said during the campaign that she wants to encourage the revitalization of downtown Biddeford.


Contractor, ex-chamber chief face off for GOP nomination

Dana DesJardins, a self-employed electrical contractor, faced Michael McClellan, former executive director of the Greater Bridgton Chamber of Commerce, in Tuesday’s Republican primary in House District 103.

Voting results were unavailable late Tuesday. The district covers Frye Island, Raymond and parts of Poland and Standish.

DesJardins said during his campaign that he would get rid of Maine’s business equipment tax. He said the tax discourages small-business owners from expanding.

McClellan expressed similar concerns. He said during the campaign that the tourism industry is the key to creating more jobs in Maine.

The seat is being vacated by three-term Rep. John Robinson, R-Raymond, who decided not to seek re-election.


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