A three-way race in Maine House District 38 has elected Republican Benjamin Hymes of Waldo to represent residents of Brooks, Jackson, Knox, Monroe, Swanville, Thorndike, Unity, Waldo, and the western part of Frankfort.

A 20-year Navy veteran, Hymes won with 2,154 votes (51.2%), with Democrat Robyn Stanicki of Unity polling second with 1,463 votes (34.8%) and Green Independent Betsy Garrold of Knox coming in third with 586 votes (13.9%).

The new representative’s Navy service included a diplomatic tour in Germany, a joint military tour in England, and nearly a dozen combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan while in a Special Operations unit.

Stanicki has worked as an administrator for public and nonprofit organizations that support rural communities for nearly 20 years. She currently is a planner with Kennebec Valley Council of Governments, a nonprofit that serves western Waldo County with economic development and planning. In 2020, then a resident of Belfast, she ran unsuccessfully against Chip Curry of Belfast and Charles Pattavina of Winterport for state Senate.

Garrold, who holds a master’s degree in nursing and is semi-retired, has worked in the Legislature for the last 12 years, as both a citizen and paid lobbyist, on issues regarding farming, local food and sustainability. The need to protect and expand our local food system was the original impetus for her House campaign.