Boyle wins in Senate District 6

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SCARBOROUGH — In a race of political newcomers, Democrat James Boyle has beaten Republican Ruth Summers in Maine Senate District 6.

Boyle rode returns in Gorham and Westbrook to a 7,587 to 4,862 lead over Summers, a Scarborough resident. Summers carried the western portion of Scarborough 4,634 to 4,242, but it was not enough to stop a Boyle victory by a total of 11,729 to 9,496.

The seat had been held by Democrat Phil Bartlett, who was prohibited from seeking a fifth, two-year term because of state term limits laws. Both candidates were seeking elective office for the first time.

Boyle, a Gorham resident, is an environmental consultant for business owners. Summers, of Scarborough, is the wife of Maine Secretary of State and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Charles Summers. She owns Little Hands, a consignment shop, and is a Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

David Harry can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or dharry@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidHarry8.

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Portland City Hall reporter for The Forecaster. Baltimore native, lived in Maine since 1989. A journalist since 2005, covering much of Cumberland and York counties. I joined The Forecaster in 2012.