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July 14 state ballot to include internet infrastructure, bridges

Absentee ballots are still available
By Stephen Betts | Jun 16, 2020
The statewide election is scheduled for Tuesday, July 14. Registered voters can request absentee ballots to avoid voting at the polls in person.

There will be few contested races on the ballots that will be cast between now and the July 14 primary election.

Residents will also decide on schools budgets by ballot.

The election is July 14, however, absentee ballots are now available for both the primary elections, two state bond referendums, and 2020-2021 school budgets. Registered voters can request absentee ballots from municipal offices and either mail in the ballots or deliver them to the municipalities in person.

The election was postponed from its original June 9 date because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Nearly all the primary races are uncontested.

Democrats will get to choose a nominee for the U.S. Senate race to challenge incumbent Sen. Susan Collins who is uncontested in her bid for the Republican nomination. Seeking the Democratic nomination are Maine House speaker Sarah Gideon, Elizabeth "Betsy" Sweet of Hallowell, and Bre Kidman of Saco.

There is no contested primary race for the U.S. House seat that represents the First District of Maine which consists of Knox County and much of southern Maine.

Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of North Haven and Republican challenger Jay Allen of Bristol are uncontested for their parties primaries.

There are two state bond issues.

The first bond issue asks voters if they will allow the state to borrow up to $15 million to invest in high-speed internet infrastructure for unserved and underserved areas, to be used to match $30 million in federal, private, local or other funds.

The second bond issue asks voters if the state can borrow $105 million for improvements to highways and bridges statewide and for multimodal facilities or equipment related to transit, freight and passenger railroads, aviation, ports, harbors, marine transportation and active transportation projects, to be used to match an estimated $275 million in federal and other funds.

The following are the candidates who are on the primary ballots. Unenrolled candidates, also known as independents, have no primaries but will be on the Nov. 3 ballot along with the Democratic and Republican nominees.

Senate District 12

Incumbent Democratic State Sen. David Miramant of Camden will be challenged in November by Republican Gordon Page of Owls Head for the state Senate District 12 seat.

Miramant has served three consecutive two-year terms in the state Senate since being elected in November 2014. The Democrat from Camden also served one term in the Maine House, being elected in November 2006.

He is chair of the Legislature's Marine Resources Committee and serves on the Energy, Utilities, and Technology Committee.

Miramant is a pilot.

Page serves on the Owls Head Board of Selectman. He retired earlier this year as executive director of Rockland Main Street Inc., a position he had held since 2014.

Senate District 12 covers all of Knox County except Washington.

House District 93

Democrats and Republicans both put up a candidate for the Maine House District 93 seat that represents Rockland and Owls Head.

Vying for the seat Rockland City Councilor Valli Geiger, a Democrat; and Republican Michael Mullins of Rockland. They will square off on the Nov. 3 ballot.

The seat is currently held by Democratic Rep. Anne "Pinny" Beebe-Center of Rockland. Beebe-Center announced in January she would not seek re-election.

Beebe-Center has served in the Maine House since being elected in March 2015, following the resignation of Democrat Elizabeth Dickerson.

Mullins is president of Mullins Management Company of Boston. Mullins submitted a proposal two years ago to buy and convert the former Mary E. Taylor property in Camden into a shared workspace for a number of trades including metalworking, woodworking and robotics, and would offer classes to adults as well as children. He also operates an incubator building in Camden and in Winslow.

Geiger is completing her second consecutive three-year term on the City Council, being elected in 2014 and 2017. She was also elected by her council peers to be its mayor in 2017. Her current term ends in November, and Geiger said she would not be running for Council.

She is a nurse.

House District 94

For the Maine House District 94 seat, no Republican filed by the March 16 the deadline to challenge incumbent Democratic state Rep. Victoria Doudera of Camden.

Doudera is serving her first term in the Legislature and serves on the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee.

She is a former innkeeper who now works as a realtor.

House District 95

For the Maine House District 95 seat that represents Warren, Hope, Appleton and part of Union, incumbent Rep. William Pluecker of Warren, an independent, announced he will seek re-election.

Republican Molly Luce of Hope will be running against Pluecker in November and is uncontested for her party's nomination.

Luce is a life-long resident of Hope and she and her family have operated Luce Transportation since it was founded in 1987.

Pluecker serves on the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee. He has run Hatchet Cove Farm selling vegetables locally for 16 seasons in Warren. He is the former president and treasurer, having served five years on the Board of Trustees of the First Universalist Church in Rockland and is a former member of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association Publicy Policy Committee.
No Democratic is seeking the seat.

House District 92

Incumbent Democratic State Rep. Ann Matlack of St. George will be challenged in November by Republican Karry Leparulo of St. George for Maine House District 92. Both are uncontested for their parties primaries.

The district covers Cushing, Matinicus Isle, South Thomaston, St. George, Thomaston, Criehaven Township and Muscle Ridge Islands Township.

Matlack serves on the Legislature's Taxation Committee.

Matlack has been involved in municipal and county government for 20-plus years, having served on the School Administrative District 50 school board, St. George Budget Committee, and overlapped that with 10 years on the Knox County Budget Committee.

House District 91

State Rep. Jeffrey Evangelos, an independent of Friendship, is seeking reelection to Maine House District 91 and will be challenged in November by Republican Lowell Wallace of Waldoboro who is uncontested for the Republican nomination. No Democrat is seeking the seat.

The district covers Waldoboro, Friendship, Washington and part of Union.

Evangelos serves on the Judiciary and State and Local Government committees of the Maine Legislature. Evangelos served two prior terms in the House — being elected in 2012 and 2014 — but did not seek reelection in 2016.

Wallace served two three-year terms on the Waldoboro Board of Selectmen. He served in the Air Force and was stationed for a year in Vietnam in non-combat duties. After the Air Force, he worked in retail and wholesale businesses. His jobs included working at Zayre, Ames, Wholesale Depot, and eventually Renys, where he worked his way up to district manager.

Maine House District 134

The one local primary battle next month will be for the Democratic nomination for the Maine House District 134 seat that includes Vinalhaven and North Haven.

Incumbent Democratic Rep. Genevieve McDonald of Stonington will be challenged by Democrat Julie Eaton of Deer Isle.

McDonald serves on the Marine Resources Committee and is completing her first term in the Legislature.

The district also represents the towns of Stonington, Deer Isle, Isle au Haut, Cranberry Isles, Frenchboro, Southwest Habor, Swan's Island, Tremont and Marshall Island Township.

No Republican met the deadline to get on the primary ballot.

Senate District 13

Republican State Sen. Dana Dow of Waldoboro will be challenged in November by Democratic state Rep. Chloe Maxmin of Nobleboro for the Maine Senate District 13 seat. Both are uncontested in next month's primary.

The district covers Waldoboro, Washington, Jefferson, Monhegan Island Plantation, Alna, Boothbay, Boothbay Harbor, Bremen, Bristol, Damariscotta, Edgecomb, Hibberts Gore, Louds Island, Newcastle, Nobleboro, Somerville, South Bristol, Southport, Westport Island, Whitefield, Windsor and Wiscasset.

Dow is Senate Republican Minority Leader. He is seeking his third consecutive term to the Senate seat. Dow served in the state Senate from 2004 through 2008 and represented Waldoboro, Bremen, Nobleboro and Jefferson in the Maine House from 2010 to 2012.

He is president of Dow Furniture in Waldoboro.

Maxmin represents House District 88 (Chelsea, Whitefield, Jefferson and half of Nobleboro). She was elected in 2018.

Knox County seats

Two incumbent Knox County commissioners are uncontested for their re-election to the three-member board.

Democratic Commissioner Sharyn Pohlman of Rockport and Republican Commissioner Richard Parent Jr. of Warren filed their nomination papers to get on the primary ballot. No Democrat filed for Parent's seat and no Republican for Pohlman's seat.

Pohlman's seat represents County District 3 which consists of Appleton, Camden, Criehaven Township,  Hope, Isle au Haut, Matinicus Isle Plantation, Muscle Ridge Islands, North Haven, Rockport and Vinalhaven.

Parent's seat represents County District 2 which represents Cushing, Friendship, St. George, Union, Warren and Washington.

Register of Probate Elaine Hallett of Rockland, a Republican, is unopposed for reelection to the county post.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: ananur forma | Jun 17, 2020 10:11

Why would anyone want to run against Senator Dave Miramant?  We couldn't  ask for a better rep. for the people. Plus he is an attentive listener. Miramant  has done so much good already. I hope he wins, again and again.



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