Longley, Mailloux race still close Tuesday night

On hand recently to receive a deed for a 5-acre parcel of town-owned property that Searsport residents voted at the annual town meeting to donate to Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County are Randy Mailloux (left), president of the Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County board of directors, and David Alling, a board member and co-chairman of the Resource Development Committee, who worked with the town on getting the land.
On hand recently to receive a deed for a 5-acre parcel of town-owned property that Searsport residents voted at the annual town meeting to donate to Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County are Randy Mailloux (left), president of the Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County board of directors, and David Alling, a board member and co-chairman of the Resource Development Committee, who worked with the town on getting the land.
Posted Nov. 06, 2012, at 11:38 p.m.
Susan Longley
Susan Longley

BELFAST, Maine — The unusually pitched battle to become Waldo County’s Judge of Probate remained close at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. With 13 percent of voting districts reporting, unofficial BDN tallies showed Susan Longley, the Democratic incumbent judge, with 2,174 votes and Randy Mailloux, the Republican challenger who previously held the post, with 1,587.

The two candidates covered the county’s 26 towns with signs and campaigned before clubs and service groups and even door-to-door in their bids for what is essentially a part-time judge position.

Longley, of Liberty, is a former state senator. Mailloux is a longtime Belfast attorney.

Longley was expected to do well in liberal strongholds like Belfast, where she topped Mailloux, 1,834 to 1,713. She also was expected to carry other Democratic towns like Lincolnville and Northport.

Mailloux was expected to carry inland towns like Brooks, Knox and Thorndike.

About 20,000 votes are expected to be cast in the contest.

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