November 7, 2012

Tuesday night results in local elections

Kennebec Journal Staff

The district is among the largest legislative areas in the state -- serving 34 communities, including the Kennebec County towns of Belgrade, Fayette, Mount Vernon, Readfield, Rome, Vienna and Wayne.

Senate 19

With two municipalities reporting results, incumbent Seth Goodall led the race for Senate District 19 Tuesday night.

With only Dresden and Bowdoin reporting, Goodall led with 1,355 votes to challenger Jeff Pierce's 1,154.

In Dresden, Goodall, an attorney from Richmond, was tied with challenger Jeff Pierce, owner of a home renovation business, at 488 votes each.

Additional results were not available late Tuesday night.

Goodall, 34, sought his third straight term as the district's state senator. He is a lawyer and former chairman of the Richmond Selectmen. Pierce, 50, is chairman of the Dresden Planning Board, owner of a home restoration business, and executive director of the Alewife Harvesters of Maine.

The senate district includes Richmond, Dresden, Arrowsic, Bath, Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, Georgetown, Phippsburg, Topsham, West Bath, Woolwich and the unorganized township of Perkins.

Senate 20

Democratic state Sen. Chris Johnson was leading Republican challenger Les Fossel in voting results late Tuesday night for state Senate District 20.

With four of 21 precincts reporting, Johnson was ahead of Fossell 2,191 votes to 1,829.

Johnson, 55, a Somerville information technology director, won a special election for his seat in February in a district usually dominated by Republicans.

Fossel, 66, a two-term legislator and restoration contractor from Alna, is chairman of the Legislature's informal Moderate Caucus.

The district includes all of Lincoln County and some outlying towns.

Senate 21

Republican Pat Flood was leading Hallowell Democrat David Bustin in voting results late Tuesday night for state Senate District 21.

With five of 11 precincts reporting, Flood was ahead of Bustin 5,905 to 4,350.

Bustin, 74, a former Hallowell mayor, was a state representative in the 1970s and the former commissioner of personnel under former Gov. Joseph Brennan. Flood, 61, a retired business manager, is four-term representative who has been chairman of the Legislature's Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs.

The district includes Chelsea, Farmingdale, Gardiner, Hallowell, Litchfield, Manchester, Monmouth, Pittston, Randolph, West Gardiner and Winthrop.

Senate 23

Republican incumbent Michael Thibodeau was leading Democratic challenger Glenn Curry in voting results late Tuesday night for state Senate District 23.

With two of 28 precincts reporting, Thibodeau was ahead of Curry 929 votes to 842.

Thibodeau, 46, of Winterport, who owns a New Holland tractor dealership in Bangor, said the state must do more to partner with business and reduce fees and taxes they must pay. Curry, 43, of Belfast, a teacher at Conerspring Montessori School in Belfast, has never held an elected position.

District 23 includes 26 communities in Waldo County.

Senate 24

Incumbent Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta, held a nearly two-to-one lead over Democrat Penny Plourde in incomplete results late Tuesday night.

Katz won Augusta by a vote of 5,678 to 2,959, China by 1,324 to 869 and Sidney by 1,496 yo 708.

Katz, 63, a former Augusta mayor, served as a member of the Legislature's Appropriations Committee and chairman of the Government Oversight Committee in his first term as a lawmaker. Plourde, 58, is a retired state worker who served as director of vocational rehabilitation at the Department of Labor and as director of civil rights with the Department of Transportation.

Senate District 24 covers Augusta, China, Oakland, Sidney and Vassalboro.

HOUSE

House 50

Democrat Joel Pitcher of Jefferson won in Nobleboro, the only town in House District 50 for which results were available late Tuesday night. His opponent is Republican Ellen Winchenbach of Waldoboro.

This was the first legislative race for both Pitcher and Winchenbach. Pitcher, 41, is a ship-fitter for Bath Iron Works and a committee chairman for International Association of Machinists Local 6 at BIW. Winchenbach, 56, is a cosmetologist and owner of Hair Country salon.

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