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Behind the News Sep 05, 2018

Looking ahead to the election

Rockland — Election day is Nov. 6 and local residents will vote for a new governor, U.S. senators and representatives and local candidates to represent us in Augusta.

A comprehensive guide to the election, including candidate profiles and information about ballot items will be published and included in the Oct. 11 editions of The Courier-Gazette, The Camden Herald and The Republican Journal.

In addition, we have introduced a new Politics section on our websites, Knox.villagesoup.com and Waldo.villagesoup.com.

We also hope to hold several candidate forums. Encourage your local candidates to participate in our interviews and forums/debates.

Check our websites frequently for updates on the elections.

Here is a rundown of what you will see on your ballots in November:

SENATE DISTRICT 12

State Sen. David Miramant, a Democrat from Camden, and Republican challenger Wendy Pelletier of Hope are running for the Senate District 12 seat that represents all of Knox County, except for the town of Washington. Miramant is serving his second consecutive two-year term in the state Senate.

DISTRICT ATTORNEY RACE

Both parties also had candidates qualify for the district attorney seat that covers Knox, Lincoln, Waldo and Sagadahoc counties.

District Attorney Jonathan Liberman, a Republican from West Bath, is running against Democrat Natasha Irving of Waldoboro.

Liberman was appointed to the post last year by Gov. Paul LePage following the departure of longtime District Attorney Geoffrey Rushlau, who was confirmed as a state district court judge.

HOUSE 93

Incumbent Democrat Rep. Pinny Beebe-Center of Rockland faces a challenge from Republican Maynard Stanley Jr. of Owls Head for the House District 93 seat, which represents Rockland and Owls Head. Beebe-Center is serving her second consecutive term in the House.

HOUSE 94

Democrat Victoria "Vicki" Doudera of Camden is challenging Incumbent Independent Rep. Owen Casas of Rockport for the House District 94 seat, which represents Camden, Rockport, and Islesboro. Casas is serving his first two-year term in the House.

HOUSE 92

Democrat Ann Matlack of St. George and Republican Justin Thompson of St. George are vying for the Maine House District 92 seat, which represents Cushing, South Thomaston, St. George, Thomaston and Matinicus Isle Plantation, plus the unorganized territories of Criehaven and Muscle Ridge Islands townships.

That seat is held by Rep. John Spear, a South Thomaston Democrat, who is not seeking reelection to a second term.

HOUSE 95

Rep. Paula Sutton of Warren, a Republican, is seeking reelection for the House District 95 seat. She is serving her first two-year term in the House.

She faces a challenge from William Pluecker, an Independent, of Warren.

The seat represents Warren, Appleton, Hope and part of Union.

HOUSE 91

Rep. Abden Simmons, a Republican, of Waldoboro, is seeking reelection for a second term in Maine House District 91, which represents Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington and part of Union.

He faces a challenge from former Rep. Jeff Evangelos, Independent of Friendship.

HOUSE 134

In Maine House District 134, which covers much of Hancock County, as well as the Knox County towns of Vinalhaven, North Haven and Isle Au Haut, Democrat Genevieve McDonald of Stonington is running against Republican Philip Brady of Deer Isle. The seat is being vacated by Democratic Rep. Walter Kumiega III of Deer Isle, who is barred by term limits from seeking a fifth consecutive term.

SENATE 13

State Sen. Dana Dow, a Republican from Waldoboro, and Democratic challenger Laura Fortman of Nobleboro are running for Senate District 13, which represents the Knox County town of Washington as well as all of Lincoln County and a few Kennebec County towns.

HOUSE 96

In Maine House District 96, which includes the Waldo County town of Lincolnville, incumbent Democratic Rep. Stanley Paige Zeigler Jr. of Montville is running against Republican challenger Robert Currier of Belmont.

GOVERNOR

Four candidates are vying for the opportunity to succeed Republican Gov. Paul LePage. They are:

- Democrat Janet Mills of Farmington.

- Republican Shawn Moody of Gorham.

- Alan Caron, an Independent from Freeport.

- Terry Hayes, an Independent from Buckfield.

CONGRESS

For the U.S. House seat in District 1, incumbent Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree of North Haven is running against Republican Mark Holbrook of Brunswick and independent Martin “Marty” Grohman.

U.S. SENATE

Democrat Zackary Ringelstein of Yarmouth and Republican Eric Brakey of Auburn are challenging incumbent Sen. Angus King, an independent.

RANKED-CHOICE VOTING

As things stand as of Sept. 5, ranked-choice voting, where voters rank candidates in order of preference, will only be used for the federal races (U.S. Senator and Congress). The race for governor and other state seats will be decided by the plurality of votes, in accordance with Maine's constitution.

The Maine Republican Party has filed an appeal against ranked-choice voting, which came about through a citizen initiative, and that appeal is pending in U.S. District Court in Boston.

Daniel Dunkle can be reached at ddunkle@villagesoup.com.

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