BRUNSWICK — A three-way contest in House District 66 was won Tuesday by incumbent Rep. Alexander Cornell du Houx, D- Brunswick, with Green Independent K. Fred Horch close on his heels.
Republican candidate Jonathan Crimmins finished third. The three candidates were separated by about 400 votes.
In a House race with a margin of fewer than 70 votes, Republican Kimberly Olsen defeated Democrat David Chipman for the District 64 seat formerly held by Rep. Leila Percy, D-Phippsburg, who vacated the position due to term limit restrictions.
There were a handful of other contested legislative races in the area Tuesday, as well as an unopposed race: state Rep. Charles Priest, D-Brunswick, was unchallenged in House District 63.
House District 66
Cornell du Houx received 1,415 votes to Horch’s 1,220 and Crimmins’ 1,019.
Cornell du Houx said there was some concern in his campaign that Horch could ride a wave of conservative victories to win the race. He congratulated both his opponents for working hard and running clean campaigns.
Moving forward, Cornell du Houx said, he is “committed to working hard for Brunswick and Maine,” particularly regarding the closure of Brunswick Naval Air Station next year and creation of quality jobs in composites and clean energy.
The win gives Cornell du Houx a second term. The race marked Crimmins’ second election defeat in the district.
“Obviously, I am disappointed with the way it turned out,” he said. “But I’m happy with the way the campaign ran; it was a positive, upbeat campaign.”
Horch made his first attempt at elected office and said he has no regrets.
“We were delighted with the support we got across parties,” Horch said. “We definitely lost a close one. But we tried our hardest and had fun.”
House District 64
The new face of House District 64, covering Phippsburg, Harpswell and the southern half of West Bath, is Republican Kimberly Olsen of Phippsburg.
Olsen defeated Democrat David Chipman of Harpswell, 2,404 to 2,333.
Olsen described her first political campaign as “an interesting walk.” She said she is thankful for all the support she received.
“It was an honor to be nominated and an honor to be elected,” she said.
Olsen, who was a replacement for original candidate David Mosher, said she said does not have immediate plans and just wants “to get (her) bearings up at the Statehouse.”
Chipman said he campaigned hard for the seat and attributed the loss to “a Republican year.”
“I tried my best,” he said. “And best of luck to Kim.”
House District 65
District 65, covering parts of Bath, Brunswick, Topsham, West Bath and Woolwich, will be represented by Democratic incumbent Rep. Peter Kent of Woolwich. He was challenged by Republican Robert Thompson of Brunswick.
Kent, who defeated Thompson 2,139 to 1,863, earned a second term in the House of Representatives.
“I’m excited to be elected again,” he said Wednesday.
He offered “hats off” to his opponent and encouraged constituents to contact him with their concerns at email@example.com.
“That’s really how I can do my best,” Kent said. “I would love for people to drop me a short note if they would like to get on my email newsletter distribution list.”
Senate District 10
Democratic incumbent Sen. Stan Gerzofsky, who was challenged by Republican Scott Thomas for the state Senate District 10 seat serving Brunswick, Freeport, Harpswell and Pownal, was re-elected with a margin of more than 3,700 votes.
Gerzofsky received 10,125 votes to 6,373 for Thomas, who was making his first bid for elected office. Gerzofsky has served one term in the state Senate and four terms in the state House.
Gerzofsky said he consistently heard from voters at the polls Tuesday he is doing a good job representing his district.
“The voters in my district have been very supportive. They appreciate the hard work I have done,” he said. “It’s an honor to serve the people of Brunswick, Harpswell, Freeport and Pownal. I am looking forward to serving them with all my vigor.”
Thomas said his campaign was “a valuable experience.” While he said he is disappointed he did not win, Thomas said he is interested to see what will happen the next few years with new senators and representatives as well as a new governor taking office.
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