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Scarborough GOP Rep. Volk challenges incumbent Democratic Sen. Boyle; DeAngelis in South Portland primary battle

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Scarborough GOP Rep. Volk challenges incumbent Democratic Sen. Boyle; DeAngelis in South Portland primary battle

SCARBOROUGH — Two-term state Rep. Amy Volk, R-Scarborough, on Tuesday announced her candidacy for the state Senate in District 30, where she is likely to face Sen. James Boyle, D-Gorham, a one-term incumbent.

Both candidates will run unopposed in June 10 primaries.

In South Portland, meanwhile, a former City Councilor faces a primary fight in her campaign for the state House.

The deadline for party candidates to file was Monday. District boundaries and designations were shuffled as part of statewide redistricting approved by the Legislature in 2013.

The new Senate District 30 includes Gorham and part of Scarborough.

In the state House of Representatives, Volk helped found the bipartisan tax reform group known as the “Gang of 11.” She is the minority lead on the Legislature’s Labor, Commerce, Research, and Economic Development Committee. Last year, she authored a bill to remove prostitution convictions from the records of human trafficking victims.

Boyle owns an environmental consulting firm called Boyle Associates and the Avant Dance and Event Center, both in Westbrook. He chairs the Legislature's Environment and Natural Resources Committee and sits on the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee.

There are no contested primaries in the races for House Districts 28 and 29, which both include parts of Scarborough.

Barring any changes on the ballot, Republican Karen Vachon and Democrat Paul Aranson in November will compete for the District 29 seat vacated by Volk. Aranson, a former Cumberland County district attorney, lost to Volk in the 2012 election.

Two-term Republican incumbent Rep. Heather Sirocki and Democratic challenger Dwight Ely are on the ballot in District 28.

South Portland, Cape Elizabeth

A Democratic primary in House District 33, which includes part of South Portland, pits candidates vying for the seat now held by Democratic Rep. Bryan Kaenrath, who is unable to run again due to the state's limit of four consecutive terms in office.

Democrats Rosemarie DeAngelis, who is a former City Councilor, and Timothy Smith will face off in the June primary.

In November, the winner will likely face Republican Kevin Battle and Green Party candidate Robert Klotz, a leader of the Protect South Portland organization.

The city's other primaries will be uncontested.

In Senate District 29, which includes South Portland, Cape Elizabeth and part of Scarborough, first-term Democratic incumbent Sen. Rebecca Millett, of Cape Elizabeth, Republican John Ridge, of South Portland, and Green Party candidate Mark Diehl, of Cape Elizabeth, are on the ballot.

In House District 31, which contains part of South Portland, three-term Democratic incumbent Rep. Terry Morrison and Republican Stephen Popp are on the ballot.

In House District 32, which includes parts of South Portland and Cape Elizabeth, freshman Democratic incumbent Rep. Scott Hamann, of South Portland, and Republican Kenneth Myrick, of South Portland, are the candidates. Myrick has run unsuccessfully for the House seat twice previously.

The primaries in District 30, which contains part of Cape Elizabeth, will also be uncontested.

Democratic incumbent Rep. Kimberly Monaghan-Derrig and Republican Holly Buonaiuto are the candidates. Monaghan-Derrig is seeking a second full term; she initially won a special election in August 2011. 

Cumberland County

Incumbent Cumberland County Sheriff Kevin Joyce of Standish is opposed in the Democratic primary by former Maine State Police Sgt. Michael Edes, of Cumberland.

District Attorney Stephanie Anderson, a Cape Elizabeth Republican, is the only candidate for her office, as is incumbent Judge of Probate Joseph Mazziotti of Falmouth, a Democrat.

South Portland resident Thomas Coward, a Democrat, is unopposed for re-election as Cumberland County commissioner in District 4.

Brendan Twist can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 123 or btwist@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @brendantwist.