Democrat Johnson wins Senate seat
Chris Johnson, a Democrat from Somerville, won the special election Feb. 14 for the Senate District 20 seat over Republican Dana Dow of Waldoboro.
Preliminary results showed Johnson leading with 3,191 votes to Dow's 2,758 votes with all but two towns reporting.
The special election was held following the resignation of former Republican Sen. David Trahan.
Senator-elect Johnson said in a statement: "I'm thrilled with tonight's win and thankful to all of the volunteers who helped tonight be a success and all of my supporters who turned out to the polls. It was clear on the campaign trail that voters are frustrated with Gov. LePage and his agenda. They have every right to be. We were promised a laser focus on jobs but we've lost more than 7,000 jobs since they took office. That's not right. I can't wait to get to work in Augusta and focus on the real issues that are facing Mainers like creating jobs and supporting middle class and working people."
Senate District 20 covers Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, Alna, Boothbay, Boothbay Harbor, Bremen, Bristol, Damariscotta, Edgecomb, Hibberts Gore, Jefferson, Monhegan Island Plantation, Newcastle, Nobleboro, Somerville, South Bristol, Southport, Westport Island, Whitefield, Windsor and Wiscasset.
Johnson is the director of information technology for DeskNet, a small technology company based in Portland and Jersey City, N.J., where he has worked for 10 years.