ROCKLAND, Maine — State Sen. Edward Mazurek announcement Tuesday that he will not seek re-election is likely to cause a number of candidates to seek the seat that represents nearly all of Knox County.
Mazurek has been in the Legislature for 10 straight years, the first eight as a state representative for Rockland and part of Owls Head and during the past two years as state senator.
The Democratic incumbent said the 10 years in the Legislature and three years before on the Rockland City Council, including two years as mayor of the city, were enough time in public service. He said he has enjoyed those years but wants to spend time traveling with his wife. Mazurek is a retired teacher and coach from Rockland District High School.
He serves as chairman of the Legislature’s Transportation Committee.
Already, one Democrat and one Republican have expressed an intent to run for the District 12 Senate seat. The district serves all of Knox County except Washington.
Republican Paula Sutton of Warren, the vice-chair of the Knox County Republican Party, has filed her intent to run.
And Democrat David Miramant, a former state representative from Camden, said Tuesday he will seek the seat. Miramant operates Spirit Soaring Glider Rides out of the Knox County Regional Airport in Owls Head. He served one term in the House, being elected in 2006 before unsuccessfully seeking the Senate seat in 2008 in a race against Republican Chris Rector of Thomaston.
Democratic Rep. Elizabeth Dickerson, R-Rockland, said Monday she was exploring whether to run for the Senate seat or seek a second term in the House in Mazurek’s former district, which is now House District 93.
Democratic Rep. Chuck Kruger, D-Thomaston, said Monday he would not seek the Senate seat but instead run for a fourth term in the House representing District 92, which covers Thomaston, St. George, Cushing, South Thomaston, Matinicus Island, and part of Owls Head.
Democratic Rep. Joan Welsh said two weeks ago she would be seeking a fourth term in the House representing District 94 — Camden and Rockport. A telephone message was left for Welsh Tuesday but the Legislature was in session and the call was not immediately returned.
The deadline for party candidates to file nomination papers with the Maine secretary of state is March 17. Candidates not enrolled in a party have until June 2 to file their papers. The party primaries are June 10 and the general election is Nov. 4.