Portland Rep. Chipman enters state Senate race

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PORTLAND — State Rep. Ben Chipman, D-Portland, on Monday announced his candidacy in state Senate District 27.

Chipman, of 5 Mayo St., is in his third term representing House District 40. He will run in the June 14 Democratic primary against Rep. Diane Russell, City Councilor Jon Hinck and Peaks Island physician Dr. Charles Radis for the seat now held by Sen. Justin Alfond.

Alfond is prohibited from seeking a fifth consecutive term in the Senate. Green Independent Party candidate Seth Baker has also declared his candidacy for the seat, which represents the eastern portion of the city and the Casco Bay islands.

Chipman was elected three times as an independent beginning in 2010, but enrolled as a Democrat last year.

Democrat Anna Kellar, of 244 State St., announced she will seek Chipman’s House seat. In her news release, Kellar described herself as a “progressive community organizer.”

House District 40 includes East Bayside, Bayside and Parkside, and extends off the peninsula along Forest Avenue into the Oakdale neighborhood.