May 25, 2018
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Four file papers for DA race in Hancock, Washington counties

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff

ELLSWORTH, Maine — With the incumbents choosing not to seek re-election, there will be contested primary elections in Hancock County this year to elect a new district attorney, a new sheriff and a new probate judge.

The filing deadline for candidates who want to run in primary elections this year was 5 p.m. Monday. According to information posted at the secretary of state’s website, nine candidates have filed papers to run in primaries for the three posts. Primary elections are scheduled to be held on June 10.

Four people who had previously announced that they are running for district attorney of Hancock and Washington counties followed through by making the filing deadline. Current District Attorney Carletta “Dee” Bassano, who became district attorney in 2010, has decided not to run again.

Paul Cavanaugh, an assistant district attorney in Washington County, and Ellsworth attorney Matt Foster filed papers to run in the Republican primary.

William Entwisle, an assistant district attorney in Hancock County, and Steve Juskewitch filed papers to run in the Democratic primary. Juskewitch, a Dedham resident, is a former Republican and independent who ran unsuccessfully for the post in 2002, 2006 and 2010.

There will be a contested primary in the election to replace Sheriff William Clark, who has decided not to seek re-election after holding the post since 1980. Scott Kane, a sergeant in the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, and Alan Brown, who works in the same department as a detective, each filed papers to run in the Republican primary. No one filed papers to run in the Democratic primary for sheriff.

There will also be a contested Republican primary in the election to replace retiring Judge of Probate James Patterson. Will Blaisdell and Andy Slater filed papers to see who will get the GOP nomination to run in the general election against Valerie Chiasson, who is unopposed in the Democratic primary.


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