Mazurek defeats Rector in Senate District 22 race
Rockland — State Rep. Ed Mazurek, D-Rockland, ousted state Sen. Christopher Rector, R-Thomaston, in a race for the Senate District 22 race.
Mazurek defeated Rector 9,667-8,027, with all but the town of Warren reporting at press time.
Rector, the incumbent, was seeking his third term in the Senate, while Mazurek, a four-term member of the Maine House, was looking for his first Senate seat.
In the breakdown of district communities, Mazurek captured Camden, North Haven, Owls Head, Rockland (his home town), Rockport, St. George, South Thomaston and Vinalhaven.
Rector won in Thomaston (his home town), Union, Appleton, Cushing and Hope.
In a campaign statement prior to the election, Mazurek said he was running because he wanted to continue to serve Maine.
"The people need good solid representation: a person who will speak with a strong voice and champion for all its economic and social diversity," he said.
A native of Stamford, Conn., Mazurek has lived in Rockland 35 years. He has a bachelor's degree from Xavier University and a masters degree from Fairfield University. He is married and has four children and four grandchildren.
An advocate for education, Rector said he was running for re-election because he wanted to improve educational opportunities in Knox County. He has been known as an advocate for the Many Flags, One Campus concept for the county, which would combine secondary, college and vocational programs for local youths and adults.
A career retailer, he has owned the Pine Tree Shop and Bayview Gallery for 20 years, along with other businesses.
A native of Boston, he grew up in nearby Needham, Mass. and moved to Maine when he was in college 42 years ago. He completed a bachelor of arts program in economics from the University of Southern Maine.
He and his wife have two sons.
Senate District 22 consists of Appleton, Bristol, Camden, Criehaven Township, Cushing, Hope, Jefferson, Matinicus Isle Plantation, North Haven, Rockport, St. George, Vinalhaven, Waldoboro, Warren and Whitefield.
Courier Publications reporter George Chappell can be reached by phone at 207-594-4401, ext. 117, or by email at email@example.com.