Legislative primaries uncontested in Portland’s northern suburbs

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FALMOUTH — State legislative races are taking shape with the passing of the March 15 deadline for candidates to qualify for June 14 primary elections.

Barring any successful write-in candidates, no primaries will be contested. As a result, several general election contests in November are likely to be repeats from 2014.

In Senate District 24, the candidates are Harpswell Democrat Everett “Brownie” Carson and Republican, and fellow Harpswell resident, Eric Lusk. Sen. Stan Gerzofsky, D-Brunswick, is termed out of the seat, which represents Brunswick, Freeport, Harpswell, North Yarmouth and Pownal.

In Falmouth, state Sen. Cathy Breen, D-Falmouth, is seeking a second term in Senate District 25. Falmouth Republican Bart Ladd, who formerly served in the  Georgia state Legislature, is also running. Senate District 25 covers Chebeague Island, Cumberland, Falmouth, Gray, Long Island, Yarmouth and part of Westbrook.

In House District 44, first-term Rep. Teresa Pierce, D-Falmouth, is seeking re-election. Falmouth Republican Erin Mancini is also running for the seat, which represents most of Falmouth.

In House District 43, which covers part of Falmouth and part of Portland, three-term Rep. Mark Dion, D-Portland, is running for an open seat in Senate District 28 in Portland. Democrat Heather Sanborn of Portland and Portland Republican Jeffrey Langholtz are running for Dion’s House seat.

In House District 45, Republican incumbent Rep. Mike Timmons of Cumberland is expected to face a rematch from his 2014 Democratic opponent, Dale Denno of Cumberland. The seat covers Cumberland and part of Gray.

In House District 46, which covers North Yarmouth, Durham and half of Pownal, incumbent Rep. Paul Chace, R-Durham, is seeking re-election. Sarah Hall, a Durham Democrat who ran against Chace in 2014, will also run again.

House Districts 47 and 48 also appear set to feature rematches from the 2014 election. In House District 47 – which covers Yarmouth, Chebeague Island and Long Island – incumbent Rep. Janice Cooper, D-Yarmouth, is seeking a third term.  Yarmouth Republican Richard Snow is also running again.

In District 48, which represents Freeport and Pownal, incumbent Rep. Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, is seeking a third term. Paul Schultz, a Pownal Republican who challenged Gideon in 2014, will also run again.

Colin Ellis can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 123 or cellis@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @colinoellis. Alex Lear and Kate Gardner contributed to this report.

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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.