Nick Lapham, chair of the Knox County Republican Committee, announced July 13 that the Knox County Republicans will hold a special caucus to select a replacement for the Senate District 12 Republican nominee. Wendy Pelletier has withdrawn as the Republican candidate in the race.

Senate District 12 consists of the towns of Appleton, Camden, Criehaven Twp., Cushing, Friendship, Hope, Isle au Haut, Matinicus Isle Plantation, Muscle Ridge Islands Township, North Haven, Owls Head, Rockland, Rockport, South Thomaston, St. George, Thomaston, Union, Vinalhaven and Warren.

The caucus is scheduled July 19 at the Trade Winds Inn, 2 Park Drive, Rockland. Registration will begin at 6 p.m. and the caucus will begin at 6:45.

"According to Maine Republican State Party rules, all enrolled Republicans in District 12 towns that caucused and organized earlier this year are eligible to participate and vote in the special caucus,"  Lapham said. All the towns in the district are eligible, with the exception of Isle au Haut, Matinicus Isle Plantation and North Haven. If each of these towns holds a party organizational caucus before July 19, the towns will be able to participate.

"This is one of the most important obligations of our municipal and county committees as defined by state law. I urge all Republicans in District 12 to participate in the special caucus," Lapham said.

David Emery of Tenants Harbor is currently the only declared candidate interested in seeking the nomination. The nominee will be selected by a vote of the special caucus.