Dickerson wins House District 47 race in 2-1 margin
Rockland — Voters in House District 47 overwhelmingly chose Democrat Elizabeth Dickerson of Rockland to the state Legislature for the next two years.
Dickerson defeated Republican Gordon P. Mank Jr. of Rockland, 2,580-1,038 for the district that includes Rockland and part of Owls Head. She ran for the position vacated by state Rep. Ed Mazurek, who was forced to leave because of Maine's term limits law.
Dickerson received 2,234 votes in Rockland and 346 in Owls Head, against 866 in Rockland and 172 in Owls Head for Mank.
She ran on a three-point platform of education, health care and infrastructure. A computer science teacher at Oceanside High School East, Dickerson stressed the need to do a better job educating children in the 21st century.
Her focus on infrastructure includes technology and ecology, including high-energy costs.
A graduate with a bachelor of arts degree in music from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and an associates degree in computer science from Kennebec Valley Community College, Dickerson considers being of service to others one of the highest callings in life.
“I feel there are issues in Maine, such as education, that are not being addressed if we want our students to be competitive in the nation – and the world,” she said in a previous interview.
Dickerson said she plans to serve her remaining two years on the Rockland City Council while in the legislature.
Mank had campaigned on a platform of public safety, transportation and environmental issues, although he spent much of his campaign defending himself against charges that he did not live in the district and that he had a five-year-old assault charge in Farmington that was dismissed.
A native of Rockland, he now lives in the same neighborhood where he grew up. At the time of his registration for the race, he and his wife had a home on Grace Street in Rockland, although he said he spent many nights at the Mid-Coast Hospitality homeless shelter in Rockport, where he works as executive director. Rockport is not in House District 47.
A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Mank is a graduate of the University of Maine in Augusta. As a legislator he had hoped to be an advocate for small business development in Maine.
Courier Publications reporter George Chappell can be reached by phone at 207-594-4401, ext. 117, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.