Durham man unseats North Yarmouth incumbent in state House 46 seat

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NORTH YARMOUTH — Durham Republican Paul Chace Tuesday defeated Rep. Anne Graham, D-North Yarmouth, 2,295 to 1,662, in a run for the state House of Representatives.

The candidates ran in House District 46, a redrawn district that includes North Yarmouth, Durham, and half of Pownal. Graham’s former District 109, where she served two terms, included parts of North Yarmouth, Gray and Pownal.

Graham won by 1,291 to 841 in North Yarmouth and 319-290 in Pownal. Chace’s 1,372-to-685 lead in Durham secured him victory.

Chace has been a pharmacist for almost 25 years, most of that time at Rite Aid. He previously owned a pharmacy with his wife, who also is a pharmacist. He is a member of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, the Durham Rod and Gun Club and the National Rifle Association, and served eight years on the Maine Board of Pharmacy.

This was his first campaign for elected office.

Graham is a nurse practitioner, part of the adjunct faculty at St. Joseph’s College, and served on the North Yarmouth Board of Selectmen from 2007-2010.

She also started the North Yarmouth Economic Development and Sustainability Committee, represented North Yarmouth on a school consolidation committee, and headed Foundation 51, the independent educational foundation for Cumberland and North Yarmouth schools. She also has served on the Governor’s Advisory Council on Health Systems Development.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

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A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.