Phillips to challenge Dennison in November election for Knox County sheriff

Posted June 03, 2014, at 7:47 a.m.

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.

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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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