Evangelos clinches House 49 seat
Independent candidate Jefferey Evangelos of Friendship is the newly-elected legislator for House District 49.
Republican opponent Robert E. Carter of Warren lost by 494 votes — with Cushing, Friendship and Union aligning with Evangelos.
Carter's hometown of Warren supported him 979 to 928.
Cushing favored Evangelos 450 to 317, Friendship supported Evangelos 476 to 213, and Union supported Evangelos 726 to 577.
Maine House District 49 represents Cushing, Friendship, Union and Warren.
In a statement Nov. 7, Evangelos thanked the voters of his district and said the race was hard fought. He added Carter wrote him to congratulate his victory.
"The political action committees opposing me outspent me 5-1 and resorted to some pretty nasty tactics, but the voters weren't buying it. As my favorite Republican Abraham Lincoln once said, 'you can't fool all of the people all of the time'," he said.
Evangelos said he was concerned about how elections are now conducted in the U.S. "The campaigns are too long, too expensive, too much outside money, and too ethically challenged. Somehow, we need to reform this whole mess, rid ourselves of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision that allows unlimited political expenditures, and move toward a more bi-partisan approach to governance for the benefit of all. With that in mind I will be heading to Augusta to do the best job possible for my district."
The seat was formerly held by Republican Wesley Richardson of Warren. Richardson did not seek re-election due to term limits and campaigned for Carter.
Courier Publications reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.