Who may be representing you in Augusta, Knox County and Washington, D.C.?

By Stephen Betts | Mar 16, 2018

Rockland — The ballots for party primaries for legislative and county seats are set.

There will be no contested primaries for local races, unlike the crowded field for governor.

State Sen. David Miramant, a Democrat from Camden, and Republican challenger Wendy Pelletier of Hope turned in sufficient signatures on their nomination papers to be on the June 12 primary ballot for their political parties. They are seeking the state 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.

The deadline for party candidates to get on the primary ballot was Thursday, March 15. Unenrolled candidates (also known as independents) have until May 25 to file their nomination papers with the Maine Secretary of State to get on the Nov. 6 general election ballot, where they will square off against the winners of the party primaries.

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, and Democrat Natasha Irving of Waldoboro made the primary ballots. 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.

Knox County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Tim Carroll is the only candidate for sheriff to file papers to make the June ballot. Carroll is a registered Democrat from Owls Head who hopes to succeed Sheriff Donna Dennison, also a Democrat. Dennison announced last year she would not seek reelection.

Dorothy Meriwether of South Thomaston filed papers and qualified to be the Democratic nominee for the county commissioner district that represents Rockland, Thomaston, Owls Head and South Thomaston. The commission oversees county government which includes the Knox County Sheriff's Office, the county jail and the Knox County Regional Airport.

No other candidates have filed for the seat which is currently held by Democrat Carol Maines who did not seek re-election.

Knox County Probate Judge Carol Emery of St. George was also the only candidate to file papers to make the June ballot for the judicial post. She has served as the county's probate judge since 1990.

In local Maine House races, Democratic Rep. Pinny Beebe-Center of Rockland and Republican Maynard Stanley Jr. of Owls Head filed their papers to make their parties' primary ballot for the House District 93 seat that represents Rockland and Owls Head.

Beebe-Center is serving her second consecutive term in the House.

Victoria "Vicki" Doudera of Camden filed papers to make the Democratic ballot in June. No Republicans filed papers for the House District 94 seat that represents Camden, Rockport, and Islesboro.

The incumbent in that district, Rep. Owen Casas of Rockport, is unenrolled and does not need to file papers until May 25. He has registered to run, however, through a filing with the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices. Casas is serving his first two-year term in the House.

Democrat Ann Matlack of St. George and Republican Justin Thompson of St. George have qualified for the June primary ballot 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.

Rep. Paula Sutton of Warren, a Republican, filed her papers to get on the June ballot for the House District 95 seat. She is serving her first two-year term in the House.

No Democrats filed by the deadline to get on the ballot.

William Pluecker of Warren, however, has registered be a candidate for the Maine House District 95 seat that represents Warren, Appleton, Hope and part of Union. As an unenrolled candidate, he does not need to file papers until May 25.

Rep. Abden Simmons, a Republican of Waldoboro, filed papers to seek reelection for a second term in the Maine House District 91 that represents Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington and part of Union.

No Democrat filed.

Former Rep. Jeff Evangelos of Friendship, an independent, has also filed his nomination papers to get on the November ballot against Simmons. Evangelos served two terms representing the district, but did not seek re-election in 2016.

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 and Republican Philip Brady of Deer Isle have made the June ballot. 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.

State Sen. Dana Dow, a Republican from Waldoboro, and Democratic challenger Laura Fortman of Nobleboro have filed papers to make the ballot 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.

And in Maine House District 96, which includes the Waldo County town of Lincolnville, incumbent Democratic Rep. Stanley Paige Zeigler Jr. of Montville and Republican challenger Robert Currier of Belmont have made the June ballot.

Statewide races

In statewide races, there are seven Democratic candidates for governor and five Republicans hoping to succeed Republican Gov. Paul LePage.

For the Democrats, Adam Cote of Sanford, Donna Dion of Biddeford, Mark Dion of Portland, Mark Eves of North Berwick, Janet Mills of Farmington, Diane Russell of Portland and Elizabeth Sweet of Hallowell have made the June ballot.

Republicans making the primary ballot are Kenneth Fredette of Newport, Garrett Mason of Lisbon, Mary Mayhew of China, Shawn Moody of Gorham and Michael Thibodeau of Winterport.

For the U.S. House seat in District 1 for Maine, incumbent Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree of North Haven and Republican Mark Holbrook of Brunswick have made the June ballot.

Democrat Zackary Ringelstein of Yarmouth and Republican Eric Brakey of Auburn have qualified for the June ballot for the U.S. Senate seat held by Sen. Angus King. As an independent, King does not have to file papers until May 25.

Comments (1)
Posted by: William Leonard | Mar 16, 2018 13:29

Gee I wonder why Elliot Cutler isn't running this time?

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