TOPSHAM — Kim Talbot defeated Susan Dolan, 295-46, on Tuesday in the Republican primary election for state House District 54.

The district, which covers Topsham, is currently served by state Rep. Andrew Mason, D-Topsham, who is seeking a second term. Mason was unopposed in his primary, as was Daniel Stromgren, a Maine Green Independent.

Talbot, 53, of West Schoolhouse Crossing Road, has lived in Topsham for about 28 years. She and her husband have two children, and run A&T Fuel, a home heating oil business. Talbot also works at the Great Impasta in Brunswick.

“I’m feeling elated, but I know that I still have a lot of work ahead of me,” she said Tuesday night.

Talbot said in April that her inspiration to run “really came from the fact that we’ve always been involved. I’ve always had an interest there, and felt that possibly sometime I would run” for an elected office.

Along with economic growth, government efficiency is also important for Talbot.

“Cleaning up processes and getting rid of government waste,” she has said. “That just … comes from running your own business, and always evaluating our costs … and trying to make things run more smoothly, and with less money going out.”

If elected, Talbot said she would bring a fresh perspective and a lot of life experience to her role as representative. Education and hard work have formed her core, she said, “and hopefully I’ll be able to bring that, and do some good things” in Augusta.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

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