Primaries ahead for legislative candidates in Cumberland, Freeport, Yarmouth

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AUGUSTA — Decisions by several incumbents to not seek re-election has opened up races to a host of candidates in legislative districts north of Portland.

In Freeport and Yarmouth, the departure of two incumbent representatives has left fields of four candidates seeking to replace them in each House district.

Rep. David Webster, the Democrat who represents Freeport in House District 106, cannot seek re-election because of term limits. In Yarmouth, Democratic Rep. Melissa Walsh Innes opted not to seek a third, two-year term in House District 107.

Democrats Sara Gideon, Patrick Norton and Melanie Sachs are vying to replace Webster and will be on the June 12 primary ballot in Freeport. Republican Benjamin Martin is not opposed in the Republican primary and will face the Democratic nominee in the Nov. 6 general election.

The House District 107 race in Yarmouth features Democrats Janice Cooper and Dennis Welsh seeking their party’s nomination in a June 12 primary. The winner will face Republican Mark Hough, running unopposed.

In Falmouth, Rep. Mary P. Nelson will seek re-election to the District 112 seat she has held since 2008. Nelson, a Democrat, is challenged by Republican Patricia Kirby. District 112 includes part of Falmouth.

In House District 113, Rep. Mark Dion, D-Portland, is challenged by Republican Bruce Micucci of Portland.  District 113 includes parts of Portland and Falmouth.

Stephen Moriarty, a Democrat from Cumberland, will face the winner of a Republican primary for the District 108 seat currently held by Rep. Meredith Strang Burgess, a Republican from Cumberland. Republicans Joseph Kumiszcza and Michael Timmons, both of Cumberland, will face each other in the June 12 primary. District 108 includes Cumberland and a portion of North Yarmouth.

In District 109, incumbent Rep. Anne Graham, a Democrat from North Yarmouth, is challenged by Republican former state Rep. Susan Austin of Gray.

Austin, who relinquished the seat in 2010 because of term limits, narrowly defeated Graham in two previous elections in District 109, which includes portions of North Yarmouth, Gray and Pownal.

Republican Christopher Tyll of North Yarmouth seeks to replace Sen. Richard Woodbury of Yarmouth in Maine Senate District 11. Woodbury, an unenrolled candidate, has filed for re-election with the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices and has until June 1 to submit nomination papers to the secretary of state’s office.

Senate District 11 includes Falmouth, Cumberland, Chebeague Island, Long Island, Yarmouth, North Yarmouth and Gray.

Candidates in Senate District 10 will square off in November, with incumbent Sen. Stanley Gerzofsky, a Brunswick Democrat, and Republican Ralph Dean of Freeport unopposed for their party nominations. Gerzofsky is seeking his third, two-year term in the district that includes Brunswick, Freeport, Harpswell and Pownal.

Stephen Gorden, a Republican from North Yarmouth, is unopposed for another term as the District 3 Cumberland County commissioner. The district includes Falmouth, Long Island, Chebeague Island, Cumberland, Yarmouth, Windham, Raymond, Casco and Naples.

Cumberland County Register of Probate John O’Brien of Portland is challenged by Nancy Thurber, a Democrat from Falmouth.

The deadline was March 15 for party candidates to file nomination papers with the secretary of state’s office.

David Harry contributed to this story. Gillian Graham can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or ggraham@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @grahamgillian.

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