Democratic State Sen. David Miramant of Camden defeated Republican challenger Wendy Pelletier of Hope in the Nov. 6 election by a margin of 12,325 to 7,180.

Miramant won his third consecutive two-year term representing State Senate District 12, which includes all of Knox County except the town of Washington.

"I was very honored to be returned to the Senate for two more years," he said. "I'm glad folks trust me to make government work better for them in Augusta."

The senator sees an opportunity to get work done with retiring Gov. Paul LePage out of office.

"My colleagues have great ideas, regardless of political party," he said. "The best laws are made through cooperation and collaboration. I can't wait to bring back some of the bills that passed the committees and the House and Senate, only to fail a veto override. I also have several new ideas to bring forward. It is exciting that bills will succeed on their merit, and not an arbitrary standard from one individual!"

He said his priorities include meeting the education funding formula and municipal revenue-sharing to reduce property tax hikes.

He also supports funding the Medicaid expansion to help those who have been left out because of income levels, and expanding broadband coverage for all Mainers.

Miramant is also concerned about the environment and hopes to help reduce fossil fuel emissions by:

-Eliminating the cap on solar farms and maintaining net metering as it was before the recent change.

-Developing offshore wind power generation.