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Primary election lineup for July 14 voting

By Carolyn Zachary | Jun 23, 2020

Maine's rescheduled primary election is less than two weeks away, with some contested races, state bond issues, school budget elections, and some municipal elections and questions as a result of postponed town meetings and local voting.

Absentee ballots are now available for the July 14 primary elections, two state bond referendums, and 2020-21 school budgets. Registered voters can request absentee ballots from municipal offices and either mail in the ballots or deliver them to the municipalities in person by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

The election was postponed from its original June 9 date because of the coronavirus outbreak.

U.S. Senate

Democrats statewide will choose a nominee for the U.S. Senate race to challenge incumbent Sen. Susan Collins. Seeking the Democratic nomination are Maine House Speaker Sarah Gideon, Elizabeth "Betsy" Sweet of Hallowell, and Bre Kidman of Saco. Write-in candidate Amy Colter of Manchester is challenging Collins in her bid for the Republican nomination.

U.S. House of Representatives

In Maine's 2nd Congressional District, Republicans will choose a nominee to oppose incumbent Democratic Rep. Jared Golden, who is seeking his second term in the U.S. House. He is unopposed for his party's nomination in what is considered to be a battleground race in November.

Maine's 2nd Congressional District encompasses the entire portion of the state north of Portland and Augusta. In addition to Waldo County, the 2nd District includes all of Androscoggin, Aroostook, Franklin, Hancock, Oxford, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Somerset and Washington counties and part of Kennebec County.

Running for the Republican nomination are Adrienne Bennett of Bangor, who grew up in Troy and was press secretary to then-Gov. Paul LePage; former state Sen. Eric Brakey of Auburn, an actor who manages financial records for Brakey Energy, a family business, and represented District 20 (Androscoggin County) in the Maine Senate from 2014 to 2018; and entrepreneur Dale Crafts of Lisbon, who represented District 56 in the Maine House from 2008 to 2016 and has owned and operated several small businesses throughout his career.

Bond issues

Two state bond issues are on the ballot.

The first bond issue asks voters if they will allow the state to borrow up to $15 million to invest in high-speed internet infrastructure for unserved and underserved areas, to be used to match $30 million in federal, private, local or other funds.

The second bond issue asks voters if the state can borrow $105 million for improvements to highways and bridges statewide and for multimodal facilities or equipment related to transit, freight and passenger railroads, aviation, ports, harbors, marine transportation and active transportation projects, to be used to match an estimated $275 million in federal and other funds.

Senate District 11 (Waldo County)

In the county's only primary contest, three Democrats will vie June 9 for their party's nomination for State Senate: Glenn "Chip" Curry of Belfast, student services coordinator at the University of Maine at Augusta Rockland Center, former teacher at Cornerspring Montessori and former administrator and instructor at Unity College; Dr. Charles Pattavina of Winterport, medical director and chief of emergency medicine at St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor; and Robyn Stanicki of Belfast, a social worker, researcher and social welfare activist.

The winner will face Republican Duncan Milne of Liberty in November in the race to succeed Democratic Sen. Erin Herbig, who now is Belfast's  city manager and will not seek a second term. Milne, a retired decorated colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps, is president of Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services.

House District 94

Democrat Victoria (Vicki) Doudera of Camden, a businesswoman and author, is seeking her second term representing Camden, Rockport and Islesboro. She is running unopposed on the primary ballot and unopposed in the November election.

House District 96

Republican Katrina Smith of Palermo, a real estate broker and small business owner, has filed to run against incumbent Democratic Rep. S. Paige Zeigler of Montville to represent those towns plus Belmont, Liberty, Lincolnville, Morrill and Searsmont. Zeigler is seeking his third term in the Maine House.

House District 97

Republican Matthew Digioia of Belfast, a recovering addict who wants to focus on the social reentry problems of those in recovery, is challenging incumbent Rep. Janice Dodge, D-Belfast, for the seat representing the city as well as the towns of Northport and Waldo. Dodge is seeking her second term.

House District 98

Republican Jessica Connor of Searsport, a small business owner, fundraiser and event planner, has filed to run for the seat currently held by Rep. Scott Cuddy, D-Winterport. Cuddy is looking for a second term representing Frankfort, Searsport, Swanville and Winterport.

House District 99

Republican Rep. MaryAnne Kinney of Knox will again face Democratic challenger April Turner of Freedom, a social worker, for the seat representing Brooks, Burnham, Freedom, Jackson, Knox, Monroe, Thorndike, Troy and Unity. Turner opposed Kinney in the 2018 election. Kinney was first elected to the seat in 2014.

House District 131

Incumbent Rep. Sherman Hutchins, R-Penobscot, will face Democratic challenger Veronica Garvey Magnan of Stockton Springs to represent District 131 (Stockton Springs, Prospect, Dedham, Orland, Otis, Penobscot and Verona Island). Magnan, a former teacher, principal and school superintendent, ran unsuccessfully against former Rep. Karl Ward for the seat in 2014. She represented District 41 (Frankfort, Prospect, Searsport and Stockton Springs) in the Maine House from 2008 to 2010. Hutchins, first elected in 2018, is seeking his second term.

Municipal elections

Budgets for Regional School Units 3, 20 and 71 and the Northport School District will be voted on July 14.

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Comments (5)
Posted by: Cindy Sterling | Jul 06, 2020 11:06

I think it is sad what the Republicans are offering.  Biden is a good man. The alternative is not.

Posted by: Ralph Stanley | Jun 28, 2020 09:22

Never Biden. I don't lose sleep over Biden. Why vote for anything to do with him in the first place. Sad that this is what the Democrats are offering.

Posted by: Leslie Lavender | Jun 28, 2020 07:33

Ralph, don't lose any sleep over Uncle Joe. I predict that within 6 months of his election he will be stepping back and his VP will be taking over.

Posted by: Ralph Stanley | Jun 24, 2020 14:07

Never Biden.

Posted by: Thomas Carter | Jun 24, 2020 09:14

Vote blue, no matter who!

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