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Scarborough Republican Rep. Sirocki wins re-election in District 128; recount possible

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Scarborough Republican Rep. Sirocki wins re-election in District 128; recount possible

SCARBOROUGH — Incumbent Rep. Heather Sirocki, R-Scarborough, won a second term Tuesday in Maine House District 128, but Democratic challenger Jean-Marie Caterina said she is considering seeking a recount.

Sirocki defeated Caterina, 3,029 to 2,913, in the district comprised of the western section of town from the Eastern Trail to the boundaries with Saco, Gorham and Westbrook.

“I’m very grateful to the voters of House District 128 for the confidence they placed in me," Sirocki said. "By voting to send me back to Augusta as their representative, they made it clear that they support my legislative work on such priorities as health care, government transparency and doing all we can to improve our business climate to help create jobs and overall prosperity."

Sirocki first won the seat, previously held by Rep. Peggy Pendleton, D-Scarborough, in 2010 by defeating Democrat and former School Board Chairman Brian Dell'Olio.

The election this year was marked by big spending by political action committees. Sirocki was targeted by the Washington, D.C.,-based Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee.

“This was a hard-fought campaign plagued by extensive negative attacks on my record. I’m gratified that Scarborough residents could see through this negative noise and remember the many solid accomplishments of the last session," Sirocki said.

Caterina, owner of real estate agency, Thursday said she was still getting advice about seeking the recount.

"I am thrilled that we were able to accomplish what we did in this district," she said. "It was a tough race in a very conservative district."

If the margin of victory is less than 2 percent of the total votes cast, a recount request can be made to the Maine Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions without paying a $500 deposit, commission spokeswoman Megan Sanborn said.

David Harry can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or dharry@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidHarry8.