A special election to fill the House of Representatives seat previously held by Rep. Jennifer DeChant of Bath has been set for April 2.
Gov. Janet Mills and Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap on Thursday signed a proclamation issuing the special election, according to a release from Kristen Muszynski, spokeswoman for Dunlap’s office.
DeChant, a Democrat, resigned from the Legislature to take a private-sector job.
Democratic and Republican committees in the district will caucus to choose candidates for the special election. Members of the Green Independent Party in the district also could caucus to nominate a candidate, although the Greens have not run a nominee in the district in recent elections.
Dates for those caucuses haven’t been set. Candidate nominations are due to the secretary of state by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22.
Non-party candidates must gather signatures of at least 50 registered voters in House District 52 and submit them by the Feb. 22 deadline.
Write-in candidates must declare their candidacy by 5 p.m. March 1. Non-party petition forms and write-in candidate declaration forms are available by calling the Elections Division of the Office of the Secretary of State at 207-624-7650.
The candidate who is elected on April 2 will serve the remainder of DeChant’s term, through December 2020.
Two members of the Bath City Council have already declared they will seek the Democratic Party nomination for the seat: Council Chairwoman Mari Eosco and Vice Chairman Sean Paulhus.
Democrats have held the seat for at least eight terms. Jason Savage, executive director of the Maine Republican Party, said in an email Friday that the party has no candidates yet.