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.