Mid-Coast legislative races take shape; June primary will determine District 64 Democratic candidate
BRUNSWICK — The field of candidates for the state Legislature is shaping up, with contested races in each of the Mid-Coast area's eight districts.
In District 64, which covers Harpswell and Phippsburg, the race for the state House of Representatives will first require a primary to determine the Democratic candidate who will face Republican David Moser.
On June 8, District 64 Democrats will choose between David I. Chipman, a former Harpswell selectman and state Senate candidate, and Phippsburg Selectman Lawrence R. Pye.
The current District 64 representative, Democrat Leila Percy, is termed out.
In District 62, which covers Bath, Democratic Rep. Thomas Watson is also termed out. Democrat Michael Clarke, of Park Street, and Republican Robert Winglass, of High Street, will vye to replace Watson in November.
Incumbents will attempt to hold off challengers in the area's other races.
Rep. Peter Kent, D-Woolwich, is seeking re-election in District 65, which covers Woolwich, Bath and part of Brunswick. Kent will be challenged by Robert E. Thompson, a Brunswick Republican.
Brunswick's two other House contests, in District 63 and District 66, will be somewhat familiar to voters.
In District 66, incumbent Democratic Rep. Alex Cornell du Houx will face Republican Jonathan Crimmins, chairman of the Brunswick GOP, and Frederick Horch, a Green Independent candidate.
Cornell du Houx and Crimmins squared off two years ago. Crimmins lost in every precinct, but made a stronger showing than previous GOP challengers in a district traditionally dominated by Democrats.
Brunswick's District 63 race will be between incumbent Democratic Rep. Charlie Priest and Republican challenger David Bracy.
In District 60, covering Topsham, Republican incumbent Rep. Kerri Prescott will face Democrat Denise Tepler.
The area's two races for state Senate will between incumbent Democrats and Republican challengers.
Sen. Stan Gerzofsky, D-Brunswick, will seek a second term in Senate District 10, which includes Brunswick, Harpswell, Freeport and Pownal. Gerzofsky will face Freeport Republican Matthew Cartmell.
Senate District 19, covering 11 towns including Bath, West Bath, Topsham and Phippsburg, will be between incumbent Democratic Rep. Seth Goodall of Richmond and Republican David Kaler of Bath.
Unenrolled candidates have until June 1 to file papers to run for the Legislature.
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