Two organizations issued endorsements in Mid-coast legislative races Wednesday.

The groups are OneMaine, which describes itself as “putting Maine’s communities ahead of partisan politics”; and Planned Parenthood’s Maine PAC, the political arm of Maine’s largest provider of reproductive health care, with more than 11,000 patients annually.

The election is Nov. 6.

OneMaine endorsed Andrew Mason, D-Topsham, in House District 60, which encompasses part of Topsham; Fred Horch, GBrunswick, in House District 66, which encompases part of Brunswick; Nicole Stevens, DNew Gloucester, in House District 105, which includes Durham and part of Lisbon; and Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, in House District 106, which represents Freeport and part of Pownal.

In the Senate, OneMaine endorsed John Cleveland, DAuburn, in Senate District 15, which includes Durham; and Les Fossel, R-Alna, in Senate District 20, which includes Alna, Westport Island and Wiscasset.

The group backs candidates “committed to finding pragmatic, sustainable solutions to the challenges that Maine faces, and to working across the aisle and across the state to put them into effect,” according to its website.

“The significant interest in a OneMaine endorsement on the part of the candidates demonstrates that even they are sick of politics as usual,” OneMaine Executive Director Kaitlin LaCasse said.

To view the list of One- Maine endorsements, visit www.onemaine.com/endorsements.

Planned Parenthood endorsed, in the House, Elizabeth Miller, D-Somerville, in House District 52; Rep. W. Bruce MacDonald, D-Boothbay, in House District 61; Rep. Charles Priest, D-Brunswick, in House District 63; Rep. Peter Kent, D-Woolwich, in House District 65; Matthea Daughtry, D- Brunswick, in House District 66; Rep. Seth Berry, D-Bowdoinham, in House District 67; and Gideon, D-Freeport, in House District 106.

In the Senate, Planned Parenthood tapped Sen. Stan Gerzofsky, D-Brunswick, in Senate District 10; Colleen Quint, D-Minot, in Senate District 17; Sen. Seth Goodall, D-Richmond, in Senate District 19; and both candidates in the Senate District 20 contest — Fossel and Sen. Christopher Johnson, D-Somerville.

In all, Planned Parenthood said it endorsed 21 Senate candidates — six Republicans, 14 Democrats and one independent; and 65 House candidates — two Republicans, 61 Democrats and two independents.

Endorsement criteria were based on votes by incumbents, and a questionnaire for new candidates. To see the full list, visit http://ppnneactionfund.org.



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