May 22, 2018
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Republican House candidate withdraws from Rockland-area race

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — The Republican candidate for the Maine House seat that represents Rockland and Owls Head has withdrawn from the race.

Thus far, the Republicans have yet to hold a caucus to fill the vacancy. The deadline for political parties to nominate replacement candidates is July 28, according to the Maine secretary of state’s office.

James Kalloch withdrew from the race on June 19, the week after he won an uncontested primary spot for House District 93. He would have challenged first-term Democratic Rep. Elizabeth Dickerson of Rockland.

Kalloch, a Rockland resident, said he decided to withdraw because he didn’t think he would have the time needed to devote to the campaign. He operates Penobscot Ferry and Transport.

Kalloch said he is not aware whether the party will be holding a caucus to fill the spot for the Nov. 4 general election ballot.

Knox County Republican Chairman Robert Carter said he is not aware of any Republicans who are interested in running for the seat.

Carter also said he is not aware of any candidate interested to be on the ballot in November for Republicans for neighboring House District 94, which includes Camden, Rockport and Islesboro. Republican primary winner Carole Gartley of Rockport withdrew from the race on July 3. She would have challenged incumbent Democratic Rep. Joan Welsh of Rockport and independent candidate Owen Casas of Rockport.

Correction: An earlier version of this report incorrectly stated only part of Owls Head is in the House District 93. The district includes the entire town.

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