Chadwick drops out of District 49 race
Democratic candidate Shelby Chadwick has dropped out of the House District 49 race to concentrate on a career in education.
Chadwick ran for the same seat in the House of Representatives in 2010, but was defeated by Republican incumbent Wesley Richardson. District 49 includes Cushing, Friendship, Union and Warren.
Knox County Democratic Committee Chairman Bruce Hodsdon said no candidates have stepped up to take Chadwick’s place on the ballot. He said the committee would wait to see if anybody would run as a Democrat.
The deadline is July 23 for the party to caucus and submit papers to the Secretary of State with the name of the Democratic candidate.
“We’re sorry to see Shelby drop out. She was a good candidate, but we understand,” Hodsdon said.
Chadwick endorsed Independent candidate Jeffrey Evangelos of Friendship.
"Jeff has incredible drive and a passion to bring forth positive changes to Maine and to our communities," she said in a statement. "He is a hard working individual who has been active in our communities throughout the years. I am so hopeful that members of our party and our district can put their full support behind Jeff as he campaigns for the House seat in the state Legislature."
Evangelos, who announced his candidacy on April 26, said he had no inkling Chadwick would support him, but he’s pleased by the boost and her endorsement. “My campaign is doing fantastic and I’m working hard,” he said.
In 2004, Evangelos ran as a Democratic candidate for the House District 49 seat and lost to Richardson, who is not seeking re-election due to term limits.
Evangelos said he became an Independent in 2008 because he was disappointed with the two-party system that is ineffective at both the state and national levels.
Election Day is Nov. 6.
Robert Carter is the Republican candidate on the ballot for the seat in the House of Representatives.
Courier Publications reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or by email at Jlaaka@courierpublicationsllc.com.