Democratic candidate for governor U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud (right) makes a point about incumbent Gov. Paul LePage at a televised debate in Augusta on Oct. 15.

Say cheese: Humorous photos from the 2014 Maine election season

By Brian Feulner on Nov. 05, 2014, at 1:42 p.m.
Throughout the Bangor Daily News’ 2014 election coverage, our photographers have visited countless campaign events, covered debates and the issues that brought voters to the polls on Tuesday. With hundreds of election-related photos from over the past few months, there were bound to be some images of candidates that made …

In tight midcoast district attorney race, the jury is still out

By Stephen Betts on Nov. 05, 2014, at 1:33 p.m.
ROCKLAND | The race between veteran district attorney Geoffrey Rushlau and challenger David Sinclair was still too close to call on Wednesday afternoon. With 70 of the 77 towns in Knox, Waldo, Lincoln and Sagadahoc counties reporting, Republican Rushlau had 31,694 votes while Democrat Sinclair had 31,227. Most of …
Rep. Erik Jorgensen, D-Portland

Portland defies Republican wave as Democrats trounce GOP opponents

By Seth Koenig on Nov. 05, 2014, at 1:30 p.m.
The city of Portland remained a liberal stronghold on Election Day, eschewing a dramatic state and nationwide shift to the right to vote almost exclusively Democratic. Voters in Maine’s largest city, once ranked by political analysis firm as the state’s most liberal municipality, supported no Republicans for …

Houlton voters make changes to Town Council

By Jen Lynds on Nov. 05, 2014, at 12:29 p.m.
Residents here have elected three new town council members and knocked a longtime incumbent off the board in Election Day voting. Jane Torres, Brent Dickison and Matt Carr were elected to the council, beating out Paul Cleary, an incumbent who served as the council chairman last term. …
Cape Elizabeth resident Nancy Marino leaves Thomas Memorial Library after checking out several books with her granddaughter, Ru Edwards, 2.

Voters in Cape Elizabeth, Falmouth approve bonds to renovate libraries

By Kate Gardner, The Forecaster on Nov. 05, 2014, at 12:26 p.m.
Thomas Memorial Library will be renovated with a $4 million bond now that voters have passed the referendum, 3,587 to 1,798. A $6 million borrowing plan failed in 2012. The town council in August approved the new plan, along with a $200,000 contingency fund and $150,000 …

Freeport narrowly votes to stay in three-town school district

By Kate Gardner, The Forecaster on Nov. 05, 2014, at 12:17 p.m.
The town voted 2,228 to 2,152 Tuesday to stay in Regional School Unit 5. The 76-vote margin means Freeport will continue the school district consolidation with Durham and Pownal that took effect in 2009. A group called Moving Freeport Forward filed a withdrawal petition in October 2013. …
Voters approved Cumberland to purchase of part of the Payson property off Foreside Road, which includes about 11 acres of public beach access.

Cumberland voters approve $3 million beach purchase, new road zoning

By Alex Lear on Nov. 05, 2014, at 12:08 p.m.
Voters on Tuesday narrowly supported the town’s $3 million purchase of beach property off Foreside Road. They also upheld a contract zone agreement that will make Harris Road a through street to Route 9. According to unofficial results, the Payson property question passed, 2,372 to 2,126. The …
Paul Chace

Chace, Timmons ride small-town support to turn southern Maine House seats red

By Alex Lear on Nov. 05, 2014, at 12:02 p.m.
CUMBERLAND | Republican Mike Timmons narrowly defeated Democrat Dale Denno, 2,472 to 2,446, Tuesday to win the state House District 45 seat. Meanwhile, Durham Republican Paul Chace unseated Rep. Anne Graham, D-North Yarmouth, 2,503 to 2,295, in House District 46. Timmons and Denno, both of Cumberland, ran for the …
This photo simulation shows what a proposed six-turbine wind power project atop Mount Waldo would have looked like from the Loggin Road, according to project developers Eolian Renewable Energy.

Frankfort to keep strict wind energy ordinance

By Abigail Curtis on Nov. 05, 2014, at 11:54 a.m.
A strict wind energy ordinance that has been on the books in Frankfort since 2011 will stay there, after residents voted 362 to 224 against repealing it and replacing it with the state’s model wind energy ordinance. With the vote, Frankfort residents closed the door on Portsmouth-based …
Matt Foster of Ellsworth, was the Republican candidate for district attorney of Hancock and Washington counties. He won in Tuesday's election.

Private-practice lawyer elected district attorney for Hancock, Washington counties

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 05, 2014, at 11:52 a.m.
ELLSWORTH | For the first time since the two-county prosecutorial district was created nearly 40 years ago, a lawyer without any experience as a prosecutor has been elected as district attorney for Hancock and Washington counties, according to unofficial voting results tallied by the Bangor Daily News. With 81 …
State Sen. Geoff Gratwick debates with Cary Weston for the Bangor senate seat on Oct. 9.

Gratwick wins Bangor-area Senate seat despite Weston taking Hermon

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 05, 2014, at 11:50 a.m.
Even with Hermon voters supporting newcomer Cary Weston, 1,535 to 1,110, Maine Sen. Geoff Gratwick, D-Bangor, still had enough votes to defeat the Republican challenger for state Senate District 9. Bangor voters chose Gratwick, 5,427 votes to 4,354, and the final tally for the two-community district was …
Cathy Breen

Democrats Breen, Pierce claim razor-thin victories in Falmouth-area races

By Colin Ellis, The Forecaster on Nov. 05, 2014, at 11:42 a.m.
Democrat Cathy Breen claimed an unofficial seven-vote margin of victory Wednesday morning in the Maine Senate District 25 election. And despite the narrow defeat, her Republican challenger said she will not seek a recount unless convinced to do so by her staff and party. Similarly, Democrat Teresa …
Mike Michaud concedes defeat in the governor's race early Wednesday morning in Portland.

This election should be the Democrats’ wake-up call

on Nov. 05, 2014, at 11:37 a.m.
Gov. Paul LePage has consistently ranked among the most unpopular governors in the nation. If this year’s Maine election were solely a referendum on his leadership, it should have been an easy contest for Democrats to win. Instead, the governor easily passed the test, and the vote tally in top-of-the-ticket …
Barry Curtis

Former state trooper ousts Donnie Smith as Washington County sheriff

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 05, 2014, at 11:21 a.m.
MACHIAS | After eight tumultuous years in office, it appears Donnie Smith has been defeated in his bid to be re-elected the sheriff of Washington County, according to unofficial results tallied by the Bangor Daily News. With 45 of the county’s 49 voting precincts having reported their results Wednesday …
Rep. Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, speaks on April 14 about her bill to expand the availability of Narcan, a drug that can reverse a heroin overdose, during a floor speech in the House of Representatives.

Democrats Cooper, Gideon retain southern Maine House seats

By Kate Gardner, The Forecaster on Nov. 05, 2014, at 11:19 a.m.
YARMOUTH | Incumbent Democratic state Rep. Janice Cooper was re-elected Tuesday in House District 47. Rep. Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, also won re-election in House District 48. Cooper defeated challenger Republican Rick Snow 2,759 to 2,236. District 47 consists of Yarmouth, Chebeague Island, and Long Island. Cooper has lived in …
Eloise Vitelli

Republican Baker unseats incumbent Vitelli for Bath-area Senate seat

By Alex Lear on Nov. 05, 2014, at 11:09 a.m.
TOPSHAM | Republican Linda Baker scored an approximately 1,000-vote lead over the incumbent Tuesday in a race for Maine Senate District 23. Baker, of Topsham, had 7,979 votes, compared with 7,509 from Sen. Eloise Vitelli, D-Arrowsic, and 2,004 from Green Independent candidate Alice Knapp, of Richmond. The new state …
Maine Senate President Justin Alfond, D-Portland

Portland voters re-elect Democrats Alfond, Haskell to state Senate seats

By David Harry on Nov. 05, 2014, at 8:34 a.m.
Two political veterans, state Sens. Justin Alfond and Anne Haskell, both Democrats, were returned to Augusta with wide support Tuesday. Alfond, the reigning Senate president, won a fourth, two-year term with 11,345 votes and will serve in Maine Senate District 27 after defeating Green Independent Asher Platts, …
Jennifer DeChant

DeChant defeats Daniels to keep Bath House district seat

By Alex Lear on Nov. 05, 2014, at 7:34 a.m.
Rep. Jennifer DeChant, D-Bath, defeated Republican challenger Ryan Daniels, Tuesday in her bid for a second term in the state House of Representatives. DeChant received 2,432 votes compared with Daniels’s 1,255, a nearly 2-1 margin. The two Bath vied to represent House District 52, which before redistricting …
Denise Tepler

Democrat Denise Tepler wins 3-way race for state House District 54

By Alex Lear on Nov. 05, 2014, at 5:58 a.m.
TOPSHAM | Democrat Denise Tepler defeated Republican Kim Talbot and Green Independent Daniel Stromgren Tuesday to secure the state House District 54 seat vacated by Rep. Andrew Mason, D-Topsham. Tepler received 2,217 votes, followed by 2,130 by West Schoolhouse Crossing Road resident Talbot and 535 by Stromgren, who lives …
Sen. Stan Gerzofsky, D-Brunswick.

Democrat Stan Gerzofsky beats back challengers in Senate District 24

By The Forecaster on Nov. 05, 2014, at 5:23 a.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Long-time state legislator Stan Gerzofsky won another term to the Maine Senate Tuesday in a three-way race to represent District 24 Gerzofsky, a Democrat, won 48 percent of the vote, beating back challenges from Republican Jennifer Johnson and Green Independent Fred Horch. According to unofficial results released …
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