Many incumbent legislators have no opponents as the deadline for party candidates to file nomination papers nears.

State Sen. Christopher Rector, R-Thomaston, has no competition yet for a second term representing Senate District 22, which includes all of Knox County except Friendship and Washington.

The deadline for party candidates to file nomination papers with the Maine Secretary of State is March 15. The party primaries are June 8.

Candidates not enrolled in a political party have until June 1 to file papers to get on the Nov. 2 general election ballot along with the winners of the party primaries.

State Sen. A. David Trahan is seeking his second term in the Senate, representing District 20, which covers all of Lincoln County and the Knox County towns of Friendship and Washington and the Kennebec County town of Windsor.

Democrat Christopher Johnson of Somerville has filed his intent with the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices to seek the seat held by Trahan.

The Senate District 23 race in Waldo County for the seat held by Republican Carol Weston of Montville is open because she is barred from seeking another term due to the state’s term limits law.

Democrat John Piotti of Unity and Republican Michael Thibodeau have filed their intent to seek the Senate District 23 seat.

Piotti represents House District 45, which covers Burnham, Freedom, Knox, Montville, Palermo, Thorndike, Troy and Unity. He is barred from seeking another term in that seat because he has already served four consecutive terms.

Thibodeau is serving his second term, representing House District 42, which covers Brooks, Jackson, Monroe, Swanville, Waldo and Winterport.

Rep. Edward Mazurek, D-Rockland, is seeking a fourth term representing Maine House District 47, which covers Rockland and part of Owls Head. As of Feb. 22, no one else had filed papers to seek the seat.

Rep. Chuck Kruger, D-Thomaston, is seeking a second term in the House, representing District 48, which covers Thomaston, St. George, South Thomaston, Matinicus, Criehaven and part of Owls Head. No one else has filed nomination papers.

Rep. Joan Welsh, D-Rockport, is seeking a second term, representing House District 46, which covers Camden and Rockport.

Republican Helen Shaw of Rockport has announced her plans to also seek the seat.

Rep. Wes Richardson, R-Warren, is seeking a fourth term representing House District 49, which covers Friendship, Cushing, Union and Warren. No one has filed an intent or announced plans to seek the seat.

Rep. Andrew O’Brien, D-Lincolnville, is seeking a second term in the House, representing District 44, which covers Appleton, Hope, Islesboro, Liberty, Lincolnville, Morrill and Searsmont.

Republican Wendy Pelletier of Hope has filed her intent to seek the seat.

Rep. Elizabeth Miller, D-Somerville, said she would seek a fourth term in the House. She represents House District 52, which covers Somerville, Washington, Chelsea, Whitefield, Hibberts Gore and part of Jefferson.

Republican Deborah Sanderson of Chelsea has filed her intent to seek the seat.

Jacqueline John Spofford of Mt. Desert Island has filed an intent to run as a Republican for the Maine House District 36 seat now held by House Speaker Hannah Pingree. House District 36 covers Vinalhaven, North Haven, Isle au Haut and the Hancock County towns of Brooklin, Deer Isle, Frenchboro, Stonington, Swan’s Island, and Tremont, and part of Mt. Desert.

No one else has filed papers for that seat. Pingree has served four consecutive terms in the seat and is barred from running for it this year.

Rep. Wendy Pieh, D-Bremen, is serving her fourth term and second consecutive term. She represents House District 50, which covers Waldoboro, Bremen, Nobleboro and part of Jefferson. Pieh has not announced her plans.

Two Republicans have filed their intent to seek the House District 50 seat. Dana Dow, a former state senator from Waldoboro, is seeking the seat as is Henry Simmons of Nobleboro who was the Republican candidate two years ago.

Rep. Jonathan McKane, R-Newcastle, has filed his intent to seek another term representing House District 51. The district includes Monhegan Island Plantation as well as Bristol, Damariscotta, Newcastle, South Bristol and Edgecomb.

Rep. Jayne Crosby Giles, R-Belfast, is serving her second term, representing House District 43, which covers Belfast, Belmont and Northport. Giles has not announced her plans.

Republican Lewis Baker of Belfast has filed his intent to seek the House District 43 seat.

Erin Herbig, a Democrat from Belfast, has also filed an intent to seek the Belfast area House seat.

Rep. Veronica Magnan, D-Stockton Springs, is seeking her second term. She represents House District 41, which covers Frankfort, Searsport, Orland, Prospect, Stockton Springs and Verona Island.

She will be challenged by Republican James Gilway of Searsport.

In the House District 42 seat being vacated by Thibodeau, who is running for the state Senate, three candidates have filed their intent to run for the office. Democrat Joseph Brooks of Winterport, a former legislator, has filed.

For the Republicans, former legislator Jeffrey Kaelin and Peter Rioux, both of Winterport, have filed their intent to run.

And in the House District 45 seat being vacated by Senate candidate Piotti, three Republicans from Palermo have filed their intent. Running are Paul Cowing, Ryan Harmon and Peter Sheff.

County seats

The most sought after seat locally is the sheriff post held by Democrat Donna Dennison of St. George.

Dennison has filed her intent to seek a second four-year term. She was the first Democrat to be elected sheriff in Knox County since 1920. She is also the only woman to be elected sheriff in Maine.

She will be challenged in the Democratic primary by Thomaston Police Officer Timothy Hoppe of Tenants Harbor.

Republican Michael Phillps of Warren has also filed his intent to seek the seat.

Independent Jeffrey Gallagher of Rockport, a retired Maine Marine Patrol officer and supervisor, has also announced he will seek the seat.

As of Feb. 22, no one had announced or filed an intent with the state to seek the Knox County commissioner seat held by Anne Beebe-Center. Beebe-Center said Jan. 4 she would not seek another four-year term on the three-member county board.

County District 1 represents Rockland, Rockport, Owls Head and South Thomaston.

District Attorney Geoffrey Rushlau — a Republican who represents Knox, Lincoln, Waldo and Sagadahoc counties — said he would seek a fifth consecutive four-year term. He was initially appointed in 1993 by Gov. John McKernan when William Anderson was appointed as a judge.

There is likely to be a contested race for the Knox County judge of probate post. Republican Carol Emery has announced her intent to seek another term. She has held the seat since 1990.

Democrat Sarah Ruef-Lindquist of Camden has filed her intent to seek the probate judge seat.

In Waldo County, Republican Donald Berry Sr. of Belmont has filed his intent to seek another term as a county commissioner from District 1, which represents Belfast, Belmont, Lincolnville, Islesboro and Northport.

State Senate candidates in political parties need to collect at least 100 signatures to get on the ballot. State House candidates need 25 signatures, county commission candidates need 50 signatures and candidates for other county seats need 150 signatures. Non-party candidates need double the number of signatures to get on the fall ballot.