Cumberland House race looks like a rematch

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CUMBERLAND — This year’s state House 45 election could be a lot like 2014.

Both the incumbent, Rep. Mike Timmons, R-Cumberland, and challenger Dale Denno, a Democrat and fellow Cumberland resident, recently announced their candidacies.

Timmons narrowly defeated Denno in 2014 in the district that includes Cumberland and a southern section of Gray, 2,472 to 2,446.

Timmons, formerly of Windham, lives on Bruce Hill Road at the Cumberland Fairgrounds, where he has served as president. His 47 years in education included time as a school principal, assistant superintendent, special education director and teacher. He retired four years ago.

Timmons also spent five years on the Windham Town Council, including a year as its chairman. He additionally served on the town’s Board of Assessment Review.

Denno has lived in Cumberland for three decades. He served on the School Administrative District 51 Board of Directors from 1991 to 1997 and was the chairman from 1995-96.

He retired in 2013 from the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, where he was director of the Office for Family Independence. He worked directly with the Legislature for more than two years in that capacity.