April 20, 2018
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Republican candidates for Rockland-area House seat only three votes apart

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — Gordon Mank Jr. of Rockland ended Tuesday night with three more votes than fellow Republican James Raye of Rockland for their party’s nomination for the Maine House seat that represents Rockland and part of neighboring Owls Head.

Raye, a former mayor in Rockland, said he would ask for a recount because of the closeness of the tally.

Mank, who operates the Mid-Coast Hospitality House homeless shelter in Rockport, received 165 votes, while Raye had 162. Mank won in Rockland 137-123 while Raye bested Mank in the part of Owls Head that is located in House District 47 by a 39-28 tally.

The Republican nominee will square off against Democrat Elizabeth Dickerson of Rockland in the November general election. Dickerson was unopposed.

The seat had been held by Democratic Rep. Edward Mazurek of Rockland, who was barred from seeking a fifth consecutive term because of Maine’s term limits law. Mazurek is challenging Republican state Sen. Christopher Rector, R-Thomaston, for the Maine Senate District 22 seat that represents most of Knox County.

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