Portland Councilor Jon Hinck seeks state Senate nomination

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PORTLAND — City Councilor Jon Hinck has taken out nomination papers for the state Senate District 27 seat that will be vacated by Sen. Justin Alfond, D-Portland.

Hinck, elected to the City Council in 2013 and chairman of the council Energy and Sustainability Committee, is the second councilor to announce a candidacy for state office. Councilor Jill Duson is one of three Democrats seeking the Senate District 28 seat that Sen. Ann Haskell, D-Portland, is relinquishing.

Hinck also served three terms in the state House of Representatives through 2012 and unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in 2012. He is the third Democrat to enter the race to replace Alfond, who cannot seek a fifth consecutive term because of state term limits laws.

House District 39 Rep. Diane Russell and Dr. Charles Radis are also running for the seat, which encompasses the city’s peninsula, Casco Bay islands and extends north and west to Stevens and Allen avenues.

Portland resident Seth Baker has also taken out nomination papers for the District 27 seat, as a member of the Green Independent Party. The primary elections are June 14.