2016-03-16 / Front Page

York County primary candidates off and running

Senior Staff Writer

AUGUSTA — If you’re an election buff – and even if you’re not – the June 14 primary has some interesting races to watch.

Party candidates had until 5 p.m. Tuesday to file nomination papers for the June contest, with the winners going on to the November election.

Two races – in Senate District 31 and 32 – will see three longtime political types and a newcomer to party politics face off on June 14.

• In Senate District 31, Democratic Reps. Barry Hobbins and Justin Chenette, both of Saco, will seek their party’s nomination to replace Sen. Linda Valentino, D-Saco, who announced earlier this month that she is retiring from the political arena to care for an elderly family member.

Hobbins is touting experience, as he’s been involved in state politics, either as a representative or a senator, for more than two decades. Chenette is serving his second term as a House member, and said he wants to continue Valentino’s consensus building approach to bring people together. The winner of the Democratic primary will be challenged by Republican William Gombar in November.

Senate District 31 includes Hollis, Limington, Old Orchard Beach, Saco and part of Buxton.

• In Senate District 32, Democrats Susan Deschambault and former legislator Joanne Twomey, both of Biddeford, will face off. Whoever wins will be challenged by Republican Stephen Martin, also of Biddeford.

In an interesting twist, either Martin or Deschambault will be the incumbent this fall, as they are their parties’ candidates in a March 29 special election to fill the unexpired term of former Sen. David Dutremble, a Democrat, who resigned earlier this year.

Deschambault is a former Biddeford councilor, and has been a member of the York County Budget Committee. Twomey served in the Maine Legislature, and was a Biddeford councilor and mayor. She drew attention in 2015 after she threw a jar of Vaseline toward the stage during an appearance by Gov. Paul LePage at Thornton Academy in Saco.

Senate District 32 includes Alfred, Arundel, Biddeford, Dayton, Kennebunkport and Lyman.

• In Maine House District 9, Democrat Diane Denk of Kennebunk will run against former congressional candidate Laurie Dobson of Kennebunkport on June 14, with the winner challenging incumbent Republican Stedman Seavey in November. District 9 includes part of Biddeford, part of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport.

• In House District 15, which includes part of Saco, Democrats Kathie Purdy and Margaret O’Neil will battle it out, with the winner facing Republican Mark Bedell for the open seat in the November contest.

• In House District 22, which includes Limington and parts of Buxton, Limerick and Standish, Richard Fitzgerald of Buxton and Gerald Gilpatrick of Limerick are vying for the Democratic nod. The winner will challenge incumbent Republican Jonathan Kinney of Limington in the November contest.

• In York County Commission District 5, which includes Wells, Ogunquit, Eliot, Kittery and York, Republicans Susan Wiswell and former legislator Ken Lamont, both of Kittery, are vying for their party’s nod in the June primary. The winner will face Democrat Richard Clark, a Wells selectman, in the November contest.

The incumbent, Gary Sinden, is not running for the seat – instead, he is running for the Legislature, and is facing a three-way Democratic race in the southern York County House district that includes his home town of Eliot and South Berwick.

Here is a list of candidates in the Journal Tribune’s circulation area who are uncontested for their party’s nomination in the June primary:

• House District 4, includes parts of York, Wells, Ogunquit and Sanford: Democrat incumbent Patricia Hymanson, Republican Bradley Moulton

• House District 7, Wells: Incumbent Republican Robert Foley, Democrat Joachim Howard

• House District 8, includes part of Kennebunk: Incumbent Christopher Babbidge, Republican John Kotsonis

• House District 10, Arundel, Dayton and part of Lyman: Incumbent Republican Wayne Parry, Democrat Emily Ingwersen

• House District 11, includes part of Biddeford: Incumbent Democrat Ryan Fecteau, Republican Renee Morin

• House District 12, includes part of Biddeford: Incumbent Democrat Martin Grohman, Republican Donna Flanagan

• House District 13, Old Orchard Beach: Incumbent Democrat George Hogan, Republican Michael Coleman

• House District 14, includes part of Saco: Democrat Donna Bailey, Republican Todd Hutchins

• House District 16, Hollis and part of Buxton: Republican incumbent Donald Marean, Democrat River Payne

• House District 17, Waterboro and part of Lyman: Republican incumbent Dwayne Prescott and Democrat Gerry Gibson

• House District 18, includes part of Sanford: Incumbent Democrat Anne-Marie Mastraccio, Republican Gordon Frohloff

• House District 19, includes part of Sanford: Incumbent Republican Matthew Harrington, Democrat Nailbert Tero

• House District 20, Acton, Lebanon and part of Shapleigh: Incumbent Republican Karen Gerrish, Democrat Daniel Lauzon

• House District 21, Alfred, Limerick, Newfield, Parsonsfield and part of Shapleigh: Republican Heidi Sampson, Democrat Aaron Carroll

• Senate District 33, Parsonsfield, Cornish, Limerick, Newfield, Shapleigh, Waterboro and Sanford: Incumbent Republican David Woodsome, Democrat Andrea Boland

• Senate District 34, Acton, Berwick, Kennebunk, Lebanon, North Berwick and Wells: Republican Ronald Collins, Democrat Jonathan Kilbourn

• York County Judge of Probate: Democrat Bryan Chabot

• York County Register of Probate: Incumbent Republican Carol Lovejoy, Democrat Allan Sicard

• County Commission District 4, Alfred, Lyman, Sanford, Shapleigh and Waterboro: Republican James McCarthy

Unenrolled candidates, often called Independents, have until 5 p.m. June 1 to file their nomination petitions. Current York County Judge of Probate Robert M.A. Nadeau, who is unenrolled, has said he is a candidate for re-election. County Commission District 4 incumbent Michael Cote has also said he is seeking reelection.

— Senior Staff Writer Tammy Wells can be contacted at 324-4444 (local call in Sanford) or 282-1535, ext. 327 or twells@journaltribune.com.

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