Irving wins district attorney race for Midcoast

By Stephen Betts | Nov 06, 2018

Natasha Irving of Waldoboro made history Tuesday, Nov. 6, by becoming the first Democrat and first woman elected district attorney in the Midcoast.

Five communities -- including the town of Edgecomb -- have yet to submit their results, but the current tally as of 2 p.m. Nov. 7 had Irving with 40,930 votes compared to 34,045 for incumbent Republican District Attorney Jonathan Liberman.

Liberman conceded Wednesday morning in a telephone call to Irving.

"The election did not go as I had hoped, but I want to congratulate Natasha Irving on her victory. My staff and I will make sure that there  is a smooth transition of leadership at this office," Liberman said.

The district covers Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc and Waldo counties.

The district attorney system was established in Maine in the 1970s. Republicans have held the District 6 seat since its inception.

"The people of Midcoast Maine heard a message and understood the potential for change and jumped at the opportunity," Irving said Wednesday.

She said the message of focusing on restorative justice resonated not only with Democrats, but Republicans and Libertarians.

She will take office Jan. 1. She will transfer her cases to other attorneys and if any of those cases are still active when she becomes district attorney, they will be referred to another prosecutorial district to avoid a conflict of interest.

She declined to discuss any possible personnel changes, but said there were many fine employees she will rely on when she takes office.

Irving was born and raised in Waldoboro. After college in New Orleans and then law school at the University of Maine School of Law, she worked as a labor organizer, a political organizer and then opened her own law practice four years ago.

Liberman served as assistant district attorney, first in Knox County and then in Lincoln and Sagadahoc counties. In 2016, then-District Attorney Geoffrey Rushlau named him deputy district attorney for the four counties.

Liberman was appointed in May 2017 as district attorney by Republican Gov. Paul LePage when Rushlau was confirmed as a district court judge for the state.

"To all of my family, loved ones and friends who volunteered and helped my campaign: your support has meant so much to me. Politics is a tough business. However, I have met so many wonderful people and built so many meaningful friendships throughout this process. So many people lent their time and energy to my campaign without expecting anything in return. They did this out of the goodness in their hearts, and it means the world to me," Liberman said.

"We live in very divided times, but that should never distract us from the blessings in our lives. I’m incredibly grateful to be a father of two wonderful little children and a husband to my amazing wife, who is also my best friend," he said.


"Serving as your district attorney has been the greatest honor and I am thankful to have worked for the people of Sagadahoc,  Lincoln, Knox and Waldo counties."

 

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