SACO – Incumbent Democrat Margaret “Maggie” O’Neil beat Republican newcomer Joseph Lynch in the race for the House District 15 Seat, covering part of Saco.

O’Neil received 2,741 votes while Lynch received 1619 votes.

O’Neil, 29, works in the hospitality industry and has served in the legislature since 2016.

Among her top issues are investing in education, growing the state’s economy and protecting the state’s environment and natural resources.

In a pre-election questionnaire, O’Neil said the education system needs to be tailored to prepare students for jobs in demand by Maine employers to help retain young workers in the state.

She said the state needs to invest in its broadband infrastructure to support entrepreneurs and young professionals who have moved to the state to work remotely.

O’Neil said the state should focus on growing Maine businesses rather than attempting to luring jobs to the state.

O’Neil said she has built a reputation as a fair-minded, bipartisan collaborator committed to improving the quality of life for the people in her local community and for the state as a whole.

“Above all, I will listen to the needs of the community and act as a voice for Saco citizens in Augusta. I will continue to prioritize communication and inform Saco citizens about endeavors in Augusta. I will bring information home, respond to questions and concerns, and connect our community with state resources,” she said.

— Staff Writer Liz Gotthelf can be contacted at 780-9015 or [email protected].

 

 

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