BATH — Democrat Jennifer DeChant defeated Republican Kyle Rogers Tuesday in House District 62, 2,356 to 1,475.
Rep. Michael Clarke, D-Bath, chose not to seek a second term in the district, which covers part of Bath.
“I am thrilled and honored that the citizens of Bath have chosen me as their Representative in Augusta,” DeChant said in an e-mail Tuesday night. “This campaign reinforces that politics should be positive, and not negative. The voters of Bath heard that message, and responded. And in return, I promise to strive for moderation and cooperation in Augusta, where I pledge to put our great state and our great little city ahead of partisan politics.”
She added that “for the last eight months I have been supported in my campaign by the finest, hardest working, and most positive people I have even known.”
Rogers, who also lost Tuesday in a bid for another term on the Bath City Council, declined Wednesday to comment on the results of either election.
He is a real estate agent who retired after 20 years in the U.S. Navy, and has served on the City Council for six years. He had said he would hold both offices if he won both elections.
DeChant is public relations manager for Sea Bags, a manufacturing company in Portland. DeChant was also chairwoman of the Sagadahoc County Democrats from 2000-2004 and has also served as treasurer of the Maine Democratic Party. She was a member of the Democratic National Committee from 2004-2008 and was one of Maine’s eight Democratic superdelegates in 2008.
DeChant was defeated by Judith Stevens in a run for Sagadahoc County registrar of deeds in 2010. She has worked as a marketing coordinator with Coastal Enterprises in Wiscasset and as a public service manager with the Maine Department of Economic Development. She also served as a legislative aide in the offices of the House speaker and House Democratic majority. DeChant additionally worked in the marketing communications field with Five County Credit Union.
She also served most of a term on the Bath Planning Board.
Jennifer DeChant, at right, a candidate for House District 62, shakes hands at the polls Tuesday with fellow Bath resident Leah Coleman.