Horch runs again for Brunswick House seat; Frans to withdraw

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BRUNSWICK — Fred Horch, who was the Green Independent candidate in the 2010 election in state House District 66, is making another bid for the office this year.

Horch, a former Maine Street business owner who is on sabbatical in Japan with his family, announced his candidacy in a letter this week to The Forecaster.

David Frans, who previously submitted nomination papers to be the Green Independent candidate in District 66, on Wednesday said he won’t challenge Horch.

“My intention all along has been to get on the ballot … and then to withdraw at the proper time,” Frans said.

“This is a normal process,” he continued. “In fact, the Democrats and the Republicans use it very often, as do the Greens, to essentially secure the ballot for a further candidate down the road.”

Frans, who ran unsuccessfully in 2006 and 2008 in District 66, noted that a Green Independent caucus this summer will ultimately choose the party’s candidate. He said he is “pretty well sure it’s just going to be (Horch) that’s going to want the nomination, and so in all likelihood he will be the candidate.”

John J. Bouchard, a Brunswick Republican, is also challenging incumbent Rep. Alexander Cornell du Houx, D-Brunswick. Cornell du Houx is seeking his third term in District 66.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

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.