Evangelos clinches House 49 seat

By Juliette Laaka | Nov 06, 2012
Independent candidate Jefferey Evangelos of Friendship.

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 jlaaka@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Comments (5)
Posted by: Donna Dennison | Nov 07, 2012 18:48

Congradulation Jeff. Good campaign. I expect you to do well in your new position. Good luck to you.

Posted by: terry walsh | Nov 07, 2012 16:02

Congratulations, Jeff, this is a victory on many fronts. It sends a clear message to Political Action Committees that we will not tolerate their smear tactics in our community. Candidates for whom they act can no longer just throw up their hands and say "I had nothing to do with it" They must condemn it in no uncertain terms and take their parties to task for condoning it. It is also a victory for Independent candidates who have the courage to stand on their own, without a political label. Well done, Jeff!

Posted by: Rachel Gray | Nov 07, 2012 07:44

Thank you to all that supported my Father.  He has worked so hard and has enjoyed  meeting all the people he will serve.  Very happy to see that being the bigger person and running a clean campaign has been successful!

Rachel Evangelos Gray

Posted by: Patricia P Weaver | Nov 07, 2012 07:32

It is so nice to see what a clean campaign can accomplish.  Congratulations Jeff, you deserve this win. You never resorted to trash campaigning and was true to yourself. Very happy for you.

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Nov 07, 2012 06:09

Am really glad to see the influence of positive campaigning came through. Mr. Evangelos contituents will be well served; if his past record is any indication. Congratulations, Sir.

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