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CUMBERLAND — Party caucuses Sunday chose Democratic and Republican candidates for a special election in state House District 45.
The June 11 vote will elect a replacement for former Rep. Dale Denno, D-Cumberland, who resigned from the Cumberland-Gray seat March 27 for health reasons.
Republicans on April 7 chose Kevin C. Hughes as their candidate. A Cumberland resident for more than 45 years, he owns LT’s, a Portland custom apparel decoration and branding business.
Stephen W. Moriarty, a Democrat who has spent 36 years in Cumberland, was chosen by his party. The retired attorney represented House District 45 from 2012-2014, following two stints on the Cumberland Town Council (1987-1993 and 1997-2012).
The Green Independent party can also caucus for a candidate; party officials could not be reached Tuesday to discuss their plans.
Nominations must be submitted to the secretary of state’s office by 5 p.m. Thursday, April 18. Independent candidates have to circulate petitions and obtain signatures from at least 50 registered voters in the district and submit those by April 18. Write-in candidates must declare candidacies by 5 p.m. Thursday, April 25.