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Embattled Brunswick state rep weighs public opinion about re-election bid

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Embattled Brunswick state rep weighs public opinion about re-election bid

BRUNSWICK — State Rep. Alex Cornell du Houx is showing no immediate signs of ending his re-election bid, although he is hedging his bet.

Cornell du Houx, a Democrat, sent a letter to constituents this week, detailing his achievements in the past year. The letter was mailed June 25 to 7,000 voters in House District 66.

In addition to citing the what Cornell du Houx has done in the Legislature, the letter assured voters that he was not distracted from his job by “a recent personal incident that made headlines last May” or comments made by Maine's Democratic Party Chairman, Ben Grant.

On May 14, Rep. Erin Herbig, D-Belfast, withdrew a request in Belfast District Court for an order of protection from abuse against Cornell du Houx.

The pair had been in a romantic relationship. After the relationship dissolved, Herbig claimed Cornell du Houx invaded her privacy in several ways, including stalking.

An investigation into the claims was opened by the Maine State Police, but the investigation was closed on May 11 before the pair reached an agreement later that evening.

It was widely reported that Grant said that he believed the situation was a distraction for Cornell du Houx and that he should drop his bid for re-election.

Cornell du Houx fired back, noting the claims by Herbig had been dropped and that he has been out “doing the work of the people,” knocking on doors and shaking the hands of as many people as possible.

But before deciding whether to continue his re-election campaign, Cornell du Houx said he is polling constituents to test voter attitudes toward the situation. He said he will announce his decision at a future date.

“Rep. Cornell du Houx is waiting to receive additional information before making any public statement about his future plans,” a press release issued on behalf of the lawmaker said.

Cornell du Houx is on a U.S. State Department trip to Australia.

His mother, Ramona du Houx, said that people should judge his ability to do his job on his record.

“He really feels strongly about representing the people of District 66, and he's dedicated his life to serving the public,” she said. “His record is a strong testament to what he does. People should be judged by their actions, not by allegations.”

Grant could not be reached for comment and the Brunswick Democratic Party Committee Chairman, Andy Cashman, declined to comment on the record.

Cornell du Houx will face a familiar opponent in the November election, Green Independent Party candidate Fred Horch. In 2010, Cornell du Houx narrowly defeated Horch, who plans to get into the race after current Green candidate David Frans withdraws his name "at the proper time," Horch said previously.

Cornell du Houx also faces Republican candidate John Bouchard. All three are from Brunswick.

Amber Cronin can be reached at acronin@theforecaster.net or 781-3661 ext. 125. Follow her on Twitter @croninamber.

Updated on June 29 at 11:55 a.m to correct the date Herbig's complaint and the Maine State Police investigation were dropped.