June 22, 2018
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Augusta House candidate withdraws from race after primary

By Matthew Stone, BDN Staff

AUGUSTA, Maine — A Maine House candidate from Augusta said Thursday she is withdrawing from her legislative race following Tuesday’s primary election, making her among the first candidates in the state to do so.

The move by Rep. Maeghan Maloney, a Democrat who represents House District 57, means the Augusta Democratic Town Committee will be able to select a Democratic candidate to replace her. The Bangor Daily News reported last week that, each election cycle, as many as four dozen or more legislative candidates withdraw from their races after succeeding in party primaries, and their replacements are chosen by local party committees.

Maloney, who is serving her first term in the Maine House, was unopposed in Tuesday’s primary. The Republican in the race is Andrew Worcester, who defeated fellow Republican Michael Hein on Tuesday.

The Augusta Democratic Town Committee will meet July 11 to choose a replacement candidate, said Melissa Sterry, who is chairwoman of the committee.

Former Rep. Patsy Crockett and Monica Castellanos have said they’re interested in taking Maloney’s place, Sterry said. Crockett represented the district in the Maine House from 2006 to 2010 before she ran unsuccessfully for the state Senate. Monica Castellanos has worked for U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud and most recently worked on former Secretary of State Matt Dunlap’s U.S. Senate campaign.

By law, a party committee can choose a replacement candidate by the fourth Monday of July if the party’s candidate withdraws by the second Monday in July. The secretary of state’s office hasn’t yet received notice of Maloney’s withdrawal, nor the withdrawal of any other candidate, said spokeswoman Megan Sanborn.

The July 11 party committee meeting will allow the interested candidates to speak and answer audience questions. The registered Democrats who attend will vote by secret ballot, Sterry said.

Maloney said she is withdrawing to focus instead on her run for District Attorney in Kennebec and Somerset counties. She faces acting District Attorney Alan Kelley, a Democrat, and Darrick Banda, a Republican, in that contest to replace Evert Fowle, who was appointed a District Court judge.

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