November 7, 2012

Two Republicans take Augusta House seats

Corey Wilson and Matt Pouliot defeat Democratic opponents.

By Keith Edwards
Staff Writer

AUGUSTA — Two young Republicans took both of Augusta’s exclusive seats in the state House of Representatives in Tuesday’s election.

Corey Wilson, House 56, 2012

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Corey Wilson, 27, won the race for House District 56 over Democrat Doreen Sheive, 65.
And fellow Republican Matt Pouliot, 25, beat out Democrat Patsy Crockett, 72, in the race for House District 57, according to unofficial results Tuesday night.

Pouliot’s 1,869 votes topped Crockett’s 1,743 votes. Wilson received 2,068 votes to Sheive’s 1,866.
Both districts are entirely within the city of Augusta.

The House 57 race pitted the legislative veteran Crockett, who has previously served two terms in the House of Representatives, from 2006 to 2010, versus Pouliot, vice-chairman of the Augusta Planning Board.

“This is proof the city of Augusta is ready for some new, fresh ideas and hopefully we can help pull people together,” Pouliot said Tuesday night. “Hard work pays off, and it has been a lot of hard work, but I had a huge support team in place and really good organization and it has all just come together. I’m just really honored to have the opportunity to serve the people of Maine and Augusta and look forward to getting to work in the 126th Legislature.”

Pouliot, a Realtor and small-business owner, said during the campaign it is time for new ideas and a fresh perspective from outside state government.

Wilson, a former Marine who is a real estate agent for ERA Webb Associates, beat out Sheive, a retired state worker who served as administrator for the Unorganized Territories before she retired three years ago.

“I’m ecstatic, and ready to get to work,” Wilson said Tuesday. “I’m incredibly humbled the voters of District 56 have given me the opportunity to represent them. I’m very thankful for my supporters, for all the people I didn’t even know, perfect strangers, who came out to support me. And I thank my opponent for running a respectful campaign.”

Both candidates were celebrating their victories at a party of local Republican candidates and their supporters at Charlamagne’s in downtown Augusta.

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