OLD TOWN, Maine — A state representative whom state officials accused of trying to use his position to evade an illegal fireworks citation last year was defeated in the District 14 primary by a convincing margin.
School board member James Dill earned 512 votes, or 61 percent of the vote, to incumbent state Rep. Richard Blanchard’s 329 votes, or 39 percent, in the Democratic primary on Tuesday, according to unofficial results compiled by the Bangor Daily News.
Blanchard paid a $70 fine on July 16, 2009, for illegal fireworks possession during a Fourth of July incident at his camp on Abbott Road in Enfield in which state officials claimed that he told a state fire marshal, “I am a state legislator.”
Blanchard, a Democrat serving his third term for District 14, which includes Old Town and Penobscot Indian Island, denied using his position improperly, saying he referred to himself by his title as a “force of habit.”
He was among seven people charged with possession of fireworks worth less than $100 during a fireworks suppression sweep by boat of Cold Stream Pond camps on the evening of the holiday.