House District 98

Cuddy wins by 408 votes

Frankfort, Searsport, Swanville, Winterport
Nov 06, 2018
Scott Cuddy, left; Brian Kresge, right.

Two Winterport residents hoped to take the place of termed-out state Rep. James Gillway, R-Searsport, to represent District 98 (Frankfort, Searsport, Swanville and Winterport).

At 2:40 a.m. Nov. 7, results from Winterport still had not been received, making it impossible to determine a definitive winner of the race. Those results have since been updated in the chart below.

At 8 a.m., Kresge sent a statement to The Republican Journal conceding the race.

“I don’t think I’m jumping the gun here in conceding absent the Winterport numbers," Kresge said. "I’d like to congratulate Scott Cuddy."

He said he is not disappointed because he respects and supports Cuddy. 

"Thanks to everyone that has helped this campaign," Kresge said. "I’ve appreciated the hours, the contributions, the advice, and the friendship from all sides of the political spectrum."

Cuddy ran in the 2016 race for the same seat but lost to incumbent Gillway. He is a member of the Regional School Unit 22 and Winterport Little League boards, is an active member of the community and volunteers as a coach of rec basketball and soccer, and as a Farm League coach.

"Property taxes are the main concern people have," Cuddy said when knocking on doors. He's seen how the "state's flat funding has negatively impacted programming for students and taxes."

"First I want to say that Brian Kresge conducted a great campaign and acquitted himself well." Cuddy said in a prepared statement. "While we have different views of how to reach our goals, what we want to accomplish is often similar.

"I'm just really excited to get to work. Maine has issues we need to address, education funding and the cost of healthcare being two of the biggest, and I want to be an active part of the solution."

 

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