In the five House district races across Waldo County, Tuesday’s election results show Republicans took three of the county’s five seats, giving the GOP a net gain of one seat over the past legislative session.

Prior to the election, three of the county’s five representatives in the House were Democrats — Andrew O’Brien in House District 44, John Piotti in House District 45 and Veronica Magnan in House District 41. Two Republicans rounded out the roster for Waldo County, Jayne Crosby Giles in House District 43 and Mike Thibodeau, who represented House District 42.

After vote tallies were finalized early Wednesday morning, that one-seat majority shifted over to Republicans.

Results for individual house races are as follows:

House District 41

Searsport Town Manager James Gillway, R-Searsport, defeated incumbent legislator Veronica Magnan, D-Stockton Springs, to represent House District 41, the six-town district that includes Frankfort, Orland, Prospect, Searsport, Stockton Springs and Verona Island.

Gillway defeated Magnan by a margin of 221 votes (2,158-1,937).

Magnan said she wanted to keep up the work she began in her first term and take a careful approach to cutting the state budget, while Gillway hoped to work toward making the state rely less on municipalities to cover costs.

Wednesday morning, Gillway acknowledged Magnan’s efforts on the campaign trail and praised her for keeping the race friendly.

“She and I agreed in the beginning of this contest that we would stay clean and do everything we could to keep it an honorable, respectful race, and I applaud her for that,” Gillway said.

He said he was excited to begin working in Augusta, and was planning ways to balance his duties as a legislator and a town manager.

“Keeping my town happy is just as important as doing my job in Augusta,” he said.

House District 42

In the three-way House District 42 race, Republican Peter Rioux of Winterport defeated Democrat Joe Brooks of Winterport and Green Independent candidate Kenneth Cole of Monroe, with Rioux garnering 1,874 votes versus 1,331 votes for Brooks and 450 votes for Cole.

House District 42 includes the towns of Brooks, Jackson, Monroe, Swanville, Waldo and Winterport.

Rioux said he ran because he wanted Maine to have a vibrant economy while also protecting its natural resources. Brooks spent six years serving in the Legislature, and he wanted to return to Augusta to tackle the latest problems Maine is facing, like balancing the budget and health care. Attempts to reach Cole for an interview last month were unsuccessful, and his opponents said they had not seen him on the campaign trail.

Rioux said he was overwhelmed by all the excitement of Election Day, and was looking forward to representing his community.

“I’m very, very honored to be the next representative in House District 42,” he said Wednesday morning. “I appreciate the people who supported me, I will work hard for all of the people in my district and I will do my best to continue Mike Thibodeau’s good work.”

House District 43

One of the two Democrats elected was Erin Herbig of Belfast, who defeated her Republican challenger, fellow Belfast resident Lewis “Lew” Baker, by more than 1,000 votes. Herbig defeated Baker, 2,708-1,507, a difference of 1,201 votes.

House District 43 includes Belfast, Belmont and Northport.

Herbig said she ran because she wanted to bring a more energetic voice to Augusta, while Baker had said he was running for the open seat because he felt the state’s budget problems should not be solved at the expense of Maine’s residents.

Herbig said Wednesday morning that she is anxious to get to work in Augusta.

“I’m just ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work,” she said.

Herbig attributed the support she received on Election Day to the door-to-door campaigning she conducted in the months leading up to the election. In talking with voters, she said many complimented her on her honesty, and genuine concern about Maine people. Herbig said she plans to bring those qualities to Augusta, and she hopes to work with people of all political parties to get things done.

“I think everyone is pretty tired of party politics,” she said.

House District 44

Andy O’Brien of Lincolnville was the lone incumbent to retain his seat. O’Brien defeated his Republican challenger, Wendy Pelletier, of Hope, 1,558-1,295, a difference of 263 votes.

House District 44 bridges Knox and Waldo counties, and includes the towns of Appleton, Hope, Islesboro, Liberty, Lincolnville, Morrill and Searsmont.

O’Brien said he sought re-election because he wanted to continue the work he began toward establishing a local food economy in Maine. Pelletier said she was inspired to join the race after spending the last two years following bills in the Legislature concerning education and health and human services.

Wednesday morning, O’Brien said he was “honored” that voters in his district sent him back to Augusta for a second term.

“I’m just incredibly honored to have everyone’s support,” he said. “I worked really hard to gain that support, and to effectively communicate with everyone in my district.”

O’Brien said he was relieved to put the election behind him, and that he was enthused about getting back to Augusta, even if Republicans would have the majority for his second term.

“It’s going to be a different scene up there; before, we had almost a super-majority, and now, we’re in the minority,” he said. “But I’m looking forward to getting back there; I have a couple of bills that I want to submit.”

House District 45

Republican R. Ryan Harmon of Palermo took the House District 45 seat over his Democratic rival, Thorndike resident Helen Sahadi, 2,002-1,767, a difference of 235 votes.

House District 45 encompasses the western Waldo County towns of Burnham, Freedom, Knox, Montville, Palermo, Thorndike, Troy and Unity.

Harmon, who was also the Republican nominee in District 45 in 2006 but lost in the general election to John Piotti, said he aimed to reel in the state budget shortfall without increasing taxes. Sahadi, who previously spent eight years serving on the School Administrative District 3 board of directors, had earlier said she was running because she wanted to see improvement in Maine’s public education system.

Wednesday morning, Harmon said he would continue seeking out the thoughts and concerns of his constituents as a legislator, as he feels it is imperative to keep communication lines open.

He was also pleased to see the support he received from voters in the eight towns in his district.

“I had a lot of conversations with people, and I want to continue having conversations with people,” Harmon said.