May 25, 2018
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Incumbent wins GOP bid for House District 40

By Rich Hewitt, BDN Staff

In House District 40, representing the Hancock County town of Bucksport and the Penobscot County town of Orrington, Republican incumbent Kimberly Rosen held off a challenge from former state Rep. Richard Campbell. Rosen won easily in her hometown of Bucksport and edged Campbell by a 30-vote margin in Orrington. The vote was Rosen, 674, Campbell, 446.

Rosen will face Democrat Mark LeBlanc of Orrington in the fall election.

In a close race, Republican David Johnson defeated Darren Hall 587-560 for the chance to run for the House District 20 seat against incumbent Democrat Rep. Benjamin Pratt. House District 20 covers the Hancock County town of Dedham as well as the Penobscot County communities of Clifton, Eddington, Holden and part of Brewer.

It appeared Wednesday that state Rep. James Schatz will be the Democratic candidate for the Senate from District 28 in November. Schatz was leading former state Rep. Lawrence P. “Skip” Greenlaw Jr. in Tuesday’s primary contest by a vote of 2,073 to 1,523.

Schatz will face state Rep. Brian Langley of Ellsworth, a Republican, and Green Independent candidate Lynne Williams of Bar Harbor in the November election.

Senate District 28 includes Bar Harbor, Blue Hill, Brooklin, Brooksville, Township 8, Cranberry Isles, Deer Isle, Ellsworth, Frenchboro, Gouldsboro, Hancock, Lamoine, Mount Desert, Sedgwick, Sorrento, Southwest Harbor, Stonington, Sullivan, Surry, Swan’s Island, Tremont, Trenton and Winter Harbor in Hancock County and the Knox County town of Isle au Haut.

The decisions by Schatz and Langley to seek the Senate seat, which was vacated by state Sen. Dennis Damon because of term limits, opened up their seats in the House. There were contested races in both parties for Schatz’s District 37 seat, which represents Blue Hill, Brooksville, Castine, Penobscot, Sedgwick and Surry.

In the Republican primary, Madeleine Gay Leach of Castine defeated Jonathan Walden of Surry by a vote of 625-512. Leach will face the winner of the Democratic primary, Ralph Chapman of Brooksville, who defeated Ben Wootten of Blue Hill 580-514.

In House District 38, Langley’s seat, only the Republicans had a contested race. Michael Povich of Ellsworth, who chose not to seek another term as district attorney for Washington and Hancock counties, defeated Ellsworth City Councilor Matthew Boucher by a vote of 690-494. Povich will face Democrat Louis Luchini of Ellsworth in the November contest. House District 38 represents Ellsworth, Otis and Trenton.

Povich’s decision not to seek re-election as district attorney opened that position. With all but five precincts reporting, Matthew Foster of Ellsworth defeated Donald Brown of Bucksport by a vote of 4,900 to 2,726 to win the Republican nomination. Foster will face Democrat Carletta Bassano, currently the deputy district attorney for the two counties, in November.

In House District 34, Richard Malaby defeated Republican Earl Bierman, a former state representative, by a 640-476 vote. Malaby will face incumbent Democrat Rep. Robert Eaton in the November election for the right to represent residents of Gouldsboro, Hancock, Lamoine, Sorrento, Sullivan, Waltham, Winter Harbor and Fletchers Landing Township.

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