Wednesday, December 11, 2013
AUGUSTA — Assistant Senate Majority Leader Lisa Marrache, D-Waterville, is not running for re-election in Senate District 25, the Senate President confirmed Tuesday.
Sen. Lisa Marrache speaks during Senate debate on L.D. 1360 "An Act Regarding Mental Health Treatment" during the most recent legislative session at the State House in Augusta.
Marrache, a Waterville physician, has served 10 years in the Legislature.
Senate President Elizabeth Mitchell, D-Vassalboro, said Tuesday that Marrache dropped out because of difficulties juggling work and legislative service.
Marrache could not be reached for comment.
“What a loss,” said Mitchell, the Democratic candidate for governor. “Having her expertise as a doctor helped so much with legislation on health care. It's a real loss to the Maine Senate.”
Senate District 25 covers Albion, Benton, Clinton, Unity Township, Waterville, Winslow, Detroit and Pittsfield. Democrats will need to name a replacement candidate for Marrache for the November election.
Republican Thomas H. Martin Jr., of Benton, has filed to run for the seat.
For Democrats, it’s the second high-profile defection from Senate races in the past few days. On Monday, the Kennebec County Democratic Committee announced it will meet June 30 to pick a replacement candidate for Senate District 21 after Rep. Nancy Smith, D-Monmouth, dropped out of that race.