GOP puts Coffin, Watson on Nov. 8 ballot

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BRUNSWICK — Republicans in Brunswick and Harpswell legislative districts have nominated replacements for two candidates who dropped out after winning uncontested primaries June 14.

A replacement candidate in a third district was not nominated.

In state Senate District 24, Tristam Coffin, of Brunswick, was unanimously selected July 14 by a district GOP committee as the candidate in the election to fill the seat held by state Sen. Stan Gerzofsky, D-Brunswick, who is retiring.

Coffin, 26, replaces Eric Lusk of Harpswell, who withdrew his candidacy in the district that includes Brunswick, Freeport, Harpswell, North Yarmouth and Pownal.

Coffin will challenge Democrat Everett “Brownie” Carson, of Harpswell, in the Nov. 8 general election.

In House District 51, which includes part of Brunswick and all of Harpswell and West Bath, a local committee nominated Byron Watson, of Brunswick, to replace Jeffrey Slocum, of Harpswell.

Watson, a former Brunswick School Board member, will challenge incumbent Rep. Joyce “Jay” McCreight, D-Harpswell, in November. He lost to McCreight in 2014.

The ballot in Brunswick House District 50 will not include a Republican.

Robert E. Thompson dropped out of the race against incumbent Rep. Ralph Tucker, D-Brunswick, on June 21. The GOP did not nominate a replacement before the July 25 deadline, according to the Office of the Secretary of State.

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