Legislature: Downtown Portland district sends Chipman to Augusta

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PORTLAND — Independent Ben Chipman on Tuesday claimed the House District 119 seat previously held by longtime state Rep. Herb Adams, D-Portland.

Voters in the district, which includes the Parkside, Bayside and East Bayside neighborhoods, elected Chipman over Democratic candidate Jill Barkley, 1,114 to 940. Adams could not seek re-election because of term limits.

House District 113 also will have a new representative. Retiring Cumberland County Sheriff Mark Dion, a Democrat, defeated Republican Jason Harris, 2,581 to 1,683. District 113 includes the North Deering neighborhood and a portion of west Falmouth.

Dion replaces one-term Rep. Joan Cohen, D-Portland, who did not seek re-election.

All results were still unofficial Tuesday night. There were no surprises in the rest of Portland’s legislative elections.

State Rep. Peter Stuckey, D-Portland, will continue to represent House District 114. Stuckey was elected to a second term Tuesday, beating Republican Peter Calder, 2,551 to 1,263. The district includes East Deering, the east side of Washington Avenue to Falmouth, and the islands.

In House District 115, incumbent Rep. Stephen Lovejoy, D-Portland, was re-elected. He topping Green Independent Seth Berner, 1,927 to 1,003. Despite not actively campaigning, Republican Chase Martin received 660 votes. This will be Lovejoy’s second term representing the Back Cove neighborhood.

A three-way race in House District 116 produced another Democratic winner. Denise Harlow beat Republican Kenneth Capron and independent Fred Kilfoil for the seat, which was vacated by Harlow’s father, Rep. Charles Harlow. The district includes Riverton, the Riverside and Warren avenues area and Nason’s Corner. Harlow collected 1,586 votes to 742 for Capron and Kilfoil’s 491.

Incumbent state Rep. Anne Haskell, D-Portland, was easily re-elected to a third term in District 117. Haskell collected 3,098 votes. The Republican on the ballot, Shawn-Elise Lapomarda, was referred to as a “placeholder” by city Republican leadership and did not campaign. She received 988 votes. District 117 represents Rosemont, Stroudwater, Libbytown and part of Deering.

Rep. Jon Hinck, D-Portland, was elected to a third term in District 118. Hinck received 2,346 votes to 464 for Green Independent Carney Brewer. District 118 represents the West End and Libbytown. Republican Mark Carpentier was also on the ballot but did not actively campaign. He received 446 votes.

Incumbent Rep. Diane Russell, D-Portland, was victorious in District 120 over Green Independent Anna Trevorrow, 1,689 to 945. Republican Thomas Elliman, who did not campaign and referred to himself as a “placeholder” candidate, received 413 votes. This will be Russell’s second term representing Munjoy Hill and the Old Port.

In Senate District 8, incumbent Sen. Justin Alfond, D-Portland, easily defeated opponent Peter Doyle, a Republican, 10,658 to 2,905. This will be Alfond’s second term representing the peninsula, the islands and the University of Southern Maine neighborhood.

State Sen. Joseph Brannigan, D-Portland, held on to his District 9 seat, 9584 to 5,821 over Republican Jeffrey Martin. This will be Brannigan’s second consecutive term in the Senate; he previously served seven terms in the House and four in the Senate. District 9 represents Back Cove, Deering Center, East Deering, North Deering and part of Westbrook.

Kate Bucklin can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or kbucklin@theforecaster.net