June 20, 2018
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Phillips to challenge Dennison in November election for Knox County sheriff

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — Knox County Sheriff Donna Dennison will have an opponent in November, a familiar face.

Michael Phillips has filed nomination papers with the Maine secretary of state to be on the Nov. 4 ballot. Phillips will run as an unenrolled candidate.

Dennison is seeking a third consecutive four-year term as sheriff.

In 2010, Phillips ran as a Republican in a three-way race against Dennison. Phillips finished a distant second, garnering 4,451 votes compared to 9,743 for Dennison and 3,798 for unenrolled candidate Jeffrey Gallagher.

Dennison is the first woman sheriff elected in Maine. She was also the first Democrat elected sheriff in Knox County since the 1930s.

Phillips is a 1992 graduate of Medomak Valley High School in Waldoboro. Following high school, he spent 7½ years in the U.S. Army as a military policeman, including 18 months stationed in South Korea. Phillips later served for seven years as a police officer for the city of Rolla, Missouri.

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