Parties to choose new candidates for Maine House race others quit

Posted July 02, 2012, at 5:27 a.m.
Last modified July 02, 2012, at 6:04 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A Maine House of Representatives district in Augusta that was left without a candidate from either party in the days after the June 12 primaries soon will get replacement candidates.

District 57 was left without candidates when both primary winners — Republican Andrew Worcester and Democratic incumbent Maeghan Maloney — withdrew their names.

The Augusta Republicans will hold a caucus on Monday, July 9, to choose a replacement for Worcester. Their caucus was delayed a week because of an election paperwork delay.

The Augusta Democratic Town Committee will select a candidate at a caucus on July 11. Patsy Crockett, who held the House seat from 2006 to 2010, and Monica Castellanos, who has worked for U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud and more recently on Matt Dunlap’s U.S. Senate campaign, have said they’re interested in the seat.

Meanwhile, two Republicans — state Rep. Patrick Flood of Winthrop and Lew Wheaton of West Gardiner — have announced interest in replacing Sen. Earle McCormick in the race for McCormick’s Senate seat. McCormick, a Republican, also withdrew his candidacy.

The winner will face Democrat David Bustin of Hallowell.

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