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Stanicki joins Democratic race for Waldo County state Senate seat

By Stephen Betts | Mar 09, 2020
Photo by: Robyn Stanicki Robyn Stanicki is running for the Democratic nomination for state Senate in District 11.

Belfast — A Belfast resident has joined the race to represent Waldo County in the state Senate.

Robyn Stanicki registered Monday, March 9, with the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices to run for the District 11 Senate seat.

The seat is currently held by Democratic Sen. Erin Herbig of Belfast, who announced last week she would not seek reelection. Herbig was hired last week to be Belfast's city manager, replacing Joe Slocum, who is retiring.

Stanicki will vie for the Democratic nomination with Glenn "Chip" Curry, also of Belfast, who registered March 5.

The winner of the June 9 primary will square off against Republican Duncan Milne of Liberty, who is the only Republican who has registered to run for the seat. Milne, now retired from the military, was a colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is currently president of the Dixon Center for Military and Veteran Services, with headquarters in New York.

Party candidates have until March 16 to file nomination papers with the Maine Secretary of State to be on the June 9 primary ballot. Unenrolled candidates — also referred to as independents — have until June 1 to file nomination papers to get on the November general election ballot.

Winners of the party primaries and unenrolled candidates will face off in the general election Nov. 3.

Stanicki has lived in Waldo County since 2013. She was a non-traditional student who took classes and earned a degree in 2017 while raising children as a single parent. She worked to get approval for a bill before the Legislature in 2018 to provide services to non-traditional students. This bill helped people get out of poverty, Stanicki said.

Since then, she has worked for Maine Equal Justice and the Maine Center for Economic Policy. The Belfast resident works as a researcher for Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, conducting research in Maine on how to combat opiate addiction.

(The original article incorrectly stated Stanicki was a veteran. Stanicki's husband was a veteran).

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