Democratic primary takes shape in Freeport

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FREEPORT — A three-way Democratic Party primary is shaping up between candidates hoping to replace state Rep. David Webster, D-Freeport, in House District 106.

Patrick Norton and Melanie Sachs filed last week with the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices. They join Town Council Vice Chairwoman Sara Gideon, who previously announced her candidacy.

Norton, 57, is Harvey Brook Drive resident who spent 22 years in Augusta working for and directing the nonpartisan Office of Policy and Legal Analysis. He retired from the office last fall.

Sachs, 42, is a Kelsey Ridge Road resident and social worker who once worked in the Lewiston office of former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell. Sachs has also worked as an educator in Regional School Unit 5.

Gideon, Norton and Sachs will face each other in a June 5 primary. No Republican candidates have filed to run, according to the Ethics Commission website.

Webster is prohibited from seeking a fifth, consecutive two-year term because of term limits laws.