Race is on for seat vacated by rep. accused of pulling gun

Posted Oct. 06, 2011, at 8:15 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 07, 2011, at 2:11 a.m.
Rep. Fred Wintle, R-Garland (right) is escorted back to Kennebec County jail in May, 2011, by House Republicans Chief of Staff Earl Bierman (left), following Wintle's Harnish hearing at Kennebec County Superior Court in Augusta. Wintle has resigned from his House seat less than four months after he was arrested for allegedly pointing a loaded handgun at a man in Waterville.
Andy Molloy, Kennebec Journal | AP
Rep. Fred Wintle, R-Garland (right) is escorted back to Kennebec County jail in May, 2011, by House Republicans Chief of Staff Earl Bierman (left), following Wintle's Harnish hearing at Kennebec County Superior Court in Augusta. Wintle has resigned from his House seat less than four months after he was arrested for allegedly pointing a loaded handgun at a man in Waterville.

DEXTER, Maine — Three candidates are vying for the House District 24 seat left open by the resignation of Republican Frederick Wintle of Garland, who submitted his resignation after he allegedly pointed a gun at a Waterville man.

Wintle, who has been charged with carrying a concealed weapon and criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, resigned from the Legislature last month.

Democrat David Pearson, 62, who is Sangerville’s town manager; independent Lesley Maynard, 49, a deputy clerk in Charleston; and Republican Raymond Wallace, 65, of Dexter submitted nomination papers before the Tuesday deadline.

The position, which represents the towns of Dexter, Garland, Charleston, Athens, Harmony and Ripley, will be filled on Nov. 8.

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