Rep. Erin Herbig, D-Belfast, defeated challenger Blaine Richardson in a bid to represent House District 97 and will begin her fourth term representing Belfast, Northport and Waldo.

"Thank you to the voters of Belfast, Northport and Waldo for electing me as your state representative for a fourth term. A special thank you to my amazing family, friends and volunteers for your support over the years; I could not have done it without you all," Herbig said in a statement posted on her Facebook page. "Last, but not least, let’s all show our appreciation to the municipal employees and poll workers who worked so hard to make this Election Day possible."

Herbig said she has seen far too many young people and families leave for better opportunities elsewhere. She said she wants to make sure jobs are created so young people can stay and enjoy the quality of life that all Mainers deserve.

Heritage industries such as farming, food production and boat building are essential to economic growth, she said. Enhancing opportunities for all Mainers through good education and training specific to these industries is key to growing a strong economy, Herbig said.

Richardson said during his campaign that his motivation for joining the race was simple: Make Maine a better place to live in, with affordable energy and a robust jobs environment. He said the two issues bring prosperity to all and provide a future for children in the state of Maine.

Richardson said he would focus on energy, such as introducing renewable Canadian hydro-electricity to the state, as well as facilitating the "gasification of Maine" by pushing natural gas. He said he also hopes to get government out of business.

He did not return requests for comment following the election.


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