HOULTON, Maine — Only one of the incumbent candidates for state House and Senate seats in Aroostook County lost his bid for re-election on Tuesday, as voters overwhelmingly sent Republicans to represent them in the House.
In House District 8, which consists of the towns of Amity, Houlton, Hodgdon, Cary Plantation and Orient, newcomer Joyce Fitzpatrick of Houlton unseated incumbent Richard Cleary of Houlton to take over the post. Fitzpatrick, a Republican, won all of the towns in the district except Orient, where Cleary, a Democrat, persevered by two votes. In the end, Fitzpatrick secured 57 percent of the vote to Cleary’s 42 percent. Cleary was elected in 2006 and served two terms in the House.
Other than that, County incumbents were successful in their bids to return to the State House.
In House District 2 in Madawaska, incumbent Democrat Charles “Ken” Theriault defeated opponent Rudolph T. St. Peter, a Republican, securing 79 percent of the vote to St. Peter’s 20 percent.
In House District 3 in Caswell, incumbent Republican Bernard Ayotte defeated Democrat Wade E. McLaughlin, securing 72 percent of the vote to McLaughlin’s 27 percent.
Rep. Peter Edgecomb, the incumbent Republican in District 4 in Caribou, outpaced opponent Jessica G. Feeley by securing 76 percent of the vote to Democrat Feeley’s 23 percent.
In House District 5 in Presque Isle, Michael J. Willette, the incumbent Democrat, secured 55 percent of the vote to win over his challenger, Democrat Jessica Chase Smith, who received 44 percent of the vote.
Incumbent Tyler Clark, a Republican, was re-elected to represent House District 6 in Easton. He received 68 percent of the vote to opponent Democrat Nathan L. Smith’s 31 percent.
In House District 7 in Masardis, two people vied for a slot vacated by outgoing Rep. Patricia Sutherland. In that race, Republican Alexander Willette secured 54 percent of the vote to beat Democrat Troy Haines. Willette is the son of Rep. Michael Willette, who was re-elected to represent District 5.
In a three-way race for the seat vacated by Rep. Henry Joy of Crystal in House District 9 in Island Falls, Ricky D. Long, a Republican, won with 51 percent of the vote. Democrat Patrick Hunt secured 37 percent of the vote, and unenrolled candidate Robert Zabierek walked away with 10 percent of the vote.
Two Senate seats were up for grabs in The County, and incumbents retained both of them.
Republican Sen. Roger Sherman of District 34 in southern Aroostook won 61 percent of the vote to hold off challenger Patrick Gordon, a Democrat. Gordon received 38 percent of the vote.
In Senate District 35 in northern Aroostook, Sen. Troy Jackson, a Democrat, won 57 percent of the vote to fend off Republican challenger Daniel Deveau, who picked up 42 percent of the vote.