ROCKLAND, Maine — As the March 15 deadline arrived Thursday, the political parties filled their slate of candidates for legislative seats representing Knox County communities.
This week, William Maddox of Rockport filed nomination papers with the Maine secretary of state to be the Republican nominee for Maine House District 46. The seat represents Camden and Rockport.
He is the only Republican to file and will challenge incumbent Democratic Rep. Joan Welsh of Rockport in the Nov. 6 general election. Welsh is seeking a third consecutive term in the House.
The deadline for candidates who are not enrolled in a political party to file nomination papers is June 1.
Democrat Shelby Chadwick of Warren has filed nomination papers to be her party’s nominee for Maine House District 49. She will face Republican Robert Carter Jr. of Warren to represent the district that encompasses Warren, Union, Cushing and Friendship.
The winner will succeed Rep. Wes Richardson, R-Warren, who is barred from seeking a fifth consecutive term because of the state’s term limits law.
Republican Kim Strauss of Tremont has filed nomination papers for House District 36 which includes the Knox County towns of Vinalhaven, North Haven and Isle au Haut as well as the Hancock County towns of Deer Isle, Stonington, Brooklin, Frenchboro, Tremont, Swan’s Island and part of Mount Desert.
Strauss will challenge incumbent Democratic Rep. Walter Kumiega III of Deer Isle in November. He is seeking his second consecutive term.
In House District 44 — which serves Appleton and Hope in Knox County as well as Islesboro, Liberty, Lincolnville, Morrill and Searsmont in Waldo County — Democrat Lloyd Chase of Liberty and Republican Jethro Pease of Morrill have filed papers to be the nominee of their party. They would succeed Democratic Rep. Andrew O’Brien who did not seek a third consecutive term.
There will be one primary battle in Knox County with Republicans James Raye and Gordon Mank Jr., both of Rockland, seeking their party’s nomination. The winner will face Democrat Elizabeth Dickerson in the November election for House District 47 that represents Rockland and part of Owls Head.
Republican Michael Collins of Thomaston will challenge incumbent Democratic Rep. Charles “Chuck” Kruger of Thomaston in November for House District 48. The district covers Thomaston, St. George, South Thomaston, Matinicus Island Plantation, Criehaven, and part of Owls Head.
He is seeking a third consecutive term.
Democrat Elizabeth Miller of Somerville, a former state representative, will have a rematch with Republican Rep. Deborah Sanderson of Chelsea for House District 52 which covers the Knox County town of Washington as well as Chelsea, Somerville, Whitefield, Hibberts Gore and part of Jefferson.
In the race for state Senate District 22 — which comprises all of Knox County except Washington, Friendship and Isle au Haut — Rep. Edward Mazurek, D-Rockland, is challenging incumbent Sen. Christopher, R-Thomaston.
Friendship and Washington are in Senate District 20 where Democratic Sen. Christopher Johnson of Somerville, who won a special election earlier this year, will be challenged for re-election by Rep. Leslie Fossel, R-Alna.