BRUNSWICK — State Sen. Stan Gerzofsky, D-Brunswick, Tuesday won a third term representing state Senate District 10, defeating Freeport Republican Ralph Dean by a wide margin.
Unofficial results from Brunswick, Freeport, Harpswell and Pownal showed Gerzofsky with 67 percent of vote, 13,475 to 6,516.
Dean, a retired U.S. Navy captain, played a role in seeking to keep the Brunswick Naval Air Station open before it closed in 2011. This was his first campaign for public office.
“It’s a formative election. I don’t think anyone should be on the sidelines,” Dean said in September. “I would like to help keep the state going in the direction it just started to go down over the last year-and-a-half to two years.”
Gerzofsky called his victory margin a “high honor” and a sign that he’s been doing what his constituents want him to do.
“I’m so humbled by this because people are saying ‘we do want to be represented by you, and we want you to move forward,'”Gerzofsky said early Wednesday morning.
He said Democratic legislative victories on Tuesday signal that people haven’t been satisfied with the state’s direction in the last two years and want to see some change.
“We have been through some pretty tough times,” Gerzofsky said.
He said that while people most likely voted for him this year because of his attention to his constituents, bills passed in past two years in the Republican-controlled state Senate might been another factor.
Gerzofsky said he will try to reverse some of the actions taken by Republican legislators, along with increasing funding for public education and improving economic development at Brunswick Landing.
He said unlike some other countries, American democracy allows citizens to hold peaceful revolutions when they desire change.
“We just had a nice revolution,” Gerzofsky said.