GOP fills 1 of 2 ballot vacancies

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FALMOUTH — The November general election ballot will include two changes from the results of the June primaries.

Chief Deputy Secretary of State Barbara Redmond on Tuesday said the Republican Party named Falmouth resident Kimberly Parker Diamond to replace Erin Mancini as its candidate in House District 44, which includes most of Falmouth.

Mancini withdrew on July 8. Diamond will face incumbent state Rep. Teresa Pierce, D-Falmouth, in the general election on Nov. 8. Diamond is the business manager for a dental practice she operates with and her husband.

In Senate District 24 – which covers Brunswick, Freeport, Harpswell, North Yarmouth and Pownal – Republican Eric Lusk of Harpswell withdrew his name on July 11. Everett “Brownie” Carson, also of Harpswell, won the Democratic primary.

According to Redmond, as of July 19, the GOP had not filed a replacement candidate to face Carson, who is a former longtime executive director of the Natural Resources Council of Maine and an attorney with Pine Tree Legal Assistance.

According to the secretary of state’s office, the deadline for a candidate to withdraw after winning a primary and be replaced by the party was July 11. The filing deadline for replacement candidates is July 25 at 5 p.m.

Colin Ellis can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 123 or cellis@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @colinoellis.

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Reporter covering the Portland Public School District as well as the town of Falmouth for The Forecaster. Can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 123 or cellis@theforecaster.net.