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McDonald wins primary for House seat representing islands

By Stephen Betts | Jul 15, 2020
Rep. Genevieve McDonald, D-Stonington.

Stonington — Rep. Genevieve McDonald is all but assured a second term in the Maine House.

The Stonington Democrat won Tuesday, July 14, the Democratic primary for Maine House District 134 that represents Vinalhaven, North Haven, Isle-au-Haut, Deer Isle, Stonington, Southwest Harbor, Tremont, Swan's Island, Frenchboro, The Cranberry Isles and Marshall Island Township. The winner of the primary is likely to be the winner in November.

She defeated primary challenger Julie Eaton of Deer Isle.

Both women are lobster boat captains.

McDonald is serving her first two-year term in the House, being elected in 2018.

Vinalhaven Democrats backed McDonald 160 to 72 while North Haven Democrats supported the incumbent 94 to 16.

There are no Republicans nor un-enrolled candidates seeking the seat, meaning McDonald will be unopposed on the Nov. 3 ballot.

McDonald grew up on Mount Desert Island. She is a commercial lobster boat captain and in 2014 became the first woman appointed to serve on the Maine Lobster Advisory Council. She serves on the Joint Standing Committee on Marine Resources and as a member of the Maine Climate Council.

McDonald is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Maine with a bachelor's degree in university studies and a minor in Maine studies, and the mother of twin daughters Evalina and Elise.

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