House District 97

Jan Dodge: Unopposed?

By Ethan Andrews | Oct 10, 2018
Jan Dodge

Voters in Belfast, Northport and Waldo will see two names on the ballot four House District 97 representative, though only one is still actively seeking the seat.

Democrat Jan Dodge of Belfast has informally been given the nod by her opponent, Republican Bevelyn Beatty, who told The Republican Journal on Sept. 7 that she had moved to New York from Belfast and was dropping out of the race.

Beatty wished Dodge well at that time, but approaching three weeks later, she had not formally withdrawn from the race by notifying the Secretary of State's Office. Beatty has not indicated that she would return to serve the office, but her name is scheduled to appear on ballots Nov. 6, and barring her official withdrawal, she could be elected.

Dodge, a retired teacher, won a closely contested June primary over Regional School Unit 71 Board of Directors Chairman Caitlin Hills.

Speaking at that time, Dodge said she decided a year earlier to run in 2018, after the state shutdown and the Legislature's inaction on several citizen-initiated referendums.

During her primary campaign, she reported visiting 1,265 homes. After learning that Beatty had verbally resigned, Dodge continued campaigning and has not stopped.

While it appears that she will take over the House District 97 seat from four-term Democrat Erin Herbig, on Sept. 28 she described feeling a "certain degree of floatiness" and uncertainty about what might be around the next corner.

"I'm hoping it's not an oncoming train," she said. "I have learned in the past few years that strange and surprising things can happen in the political world, so I'm trying to be realistic."

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