Belfast, Northport, Waldo

Dodge win finally official in District 97

Belfast Democrat prevails in strange race
By Ethan Andrews | Nov 06, 2018
Belfast Democrat Jan Dodge waits for voters outside the Belfast Boathouse polling site on Nov. 6.

Belfast — Democrat Jan Dodge on Nov. 6 won a two-way contest for House District 97 almost two months after her opponent nominally dropped out.

The retired teacher and Belfast resident expressed some relief Tuesday night, but said she is mostly looking forward to serving.

Her Republican opponent, Bevelyn Beatty, announced in September that she was dropping out of the race but never officially withdrew.

Beatty had already moved to New York and gave no indication that she would return to Belfast to serve if elected, but her name was already on the ballot, and the uncertainty prompted Dodge, a first-time candidate for the Legislature, to continue campaigning for the final two months, just in case.

"I was just concerned there might be a change of heart with Bevelyn," she said. Earlier in the race, Dodge described feeling like she might suddenly find herself in front of an oncoming train. And while Beatty got more than 1,100 votes in Belfast and Northport alone, Dodge won easily and said she's not dwelling on what could have happened.

"It's not really about looking backward, and it's not really about me at this point," she said. "It's about serving my constituents in Belfast, Northport and Waldo."

House District 97 has been represented since 2010 by Rep. Erin Herbig, who is running for state Senate District 11 in the current election.

Read more about the House District 97 race here.

Results will be updated below as we receive them.

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