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Mason defeats Wolkens by 3-2 margin for Topsham House seat

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Mason defeats Wolkens by 3-2 margin for Topsham House seat

TOPSHAM — Selectman Andrew Mason, a Democrat, defeated Republican Jean Wolkens 3,064 to 1,939 Tuesday in state House District 60.

The district covers part of Topsham, and has been represented by Rep. Kerri Prescott, R-Topsham, who did not seek a fourth term.

Mason, who is two years into a three-year term on the Board of Selectmen, said he plans to step down from the board. The Middlesex Road resident is an attorney with Reben, Benjamin & March in Portland.

He previously served on the Topsham Development Board, and before his career in law he was an orientation and mobility specialist.

Wolkens, a Meadow Road resident, manages Panera Bread in Augusta. She is chairwoman of Topsham's Republican committee, and a member of the county GOP committee. She is also the music leader and clerk at her church.

Mason said he worked hard in the campaign, having knocked on voters' doors since May.

"They've seen the work that I've done in town," he said. "I'm thrilled, I'm exited, I'm exhausted. But I can't wait to start ... earning the votes of everyone who voted for me."

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.