June 14, 2012

Maloney withdraws from Augusta House race

By Susan M. Cover scover@mainetoday.com
State House Bureau

Rep. Maeghan Maloney, D-Augusta, has withdrawn from the House District 57 race so she can focus on her run for district attorney for Kennebec and Somerset counties.

Earlier this year, county Democrats chose Maloney as their nominee to replace Evert Fowle as district attorney. But Gov. Paul LePage has not named Maloney to the temporary position, saying he expected to get a slate of candidates, not just one.

In an email announcing her decision sent today, Maloney said she helped establish the first Veterans' Treatment Court in Maine while serving as a member of the Judiciary Committee.

On Tuesday, Republican Andrew Worcester of Augusta won a primary race against Michael Hein to become the GOP nominee for House District 57. It has been expected that Maloney would step down and that Democrats would name a replacement candidate.

The Augusta Democratic Town Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. July 11 at Augusta City Hall to name a replacement candidate, according to a press release from Maloney.

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