Incumbent Strang Burgess wins 3-way race in House District 108

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CUMBERLAND — Rep. Meredith Strang Burgess, R-Cumberland, won a third term in state House District 108 Tuesday.

According to preliminary results from Cumberland, North Yarmouth, Chebeague Island and Long Island, Strang Burgess received 3,082 votes, defeating Democrat Thomas Gruber, who had 1,514, and Green Independent Erin Cianchette, who had 501.

All three candidates are Cumberland residents.

Strang Burgess had 2,470 votes in Cumberland, compared to Gruber’s 1,218 and Cianchette’s 354.

On Chebeague Island, Strang Burgess received 112 votes, while Gruber had 101 and Cianchette 30. In North Yarmouth, Strang Burgess received 391 votes, and Gruber and Cianchette received 169 and 87, respectively. Strang Burgess received 109 votes on Long Island compared to Gruber’s 26 and Cianchette’s 30.

“I’m looking forward to representing the district for another two years,” Strang Burgess said Tuesday night.

Strang Burgess is chief executive of Burgess Advertising & Marketing in Portland, which she co-founded as Burgess, Brewer, Stanyon & Payne in 1986.

She said in September that she was running for a third term because she believes Augusta “still needs to hear from folks from the small business and the business sector.”

Strang Burgess said she wants to return Maine to a healthier business climate, providing jobs so that Maine youth can remain in the state after graduation. She also noted the importance of getting children off on the right educational track.

In her second term, Strang Burgess served on the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services. She also serves on the Maine Children’s Growth Council.

Strang Burgess waged a successful 18-month battle with breast cancer after being diagnosed 11 years ago.

Cianchette is a hostess at the Portland Harbor Hotel and a secretary and office manager at Main Line Fence in Cumberland. She said she considers her career track that of a political activist.

Gruber is retired from the U.S. Army and the health-care field. He worked in operations at Mercy Hospital for about 20 years and was later at Catholic Health East, where he started a supply-chain management program.

Alex Lear can be reached at 373-9060 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net.

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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.