Primary will choose Democrat for House race in Bath

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BATH — The area’s only legislative primary will be held June 12 to determine the Democratic candidate in state House District 62.

The incumbent, Rep. Michael Clarke, D-Bath, is not seeking a second term. Kyle Rogers, a Bath city councilor, is the sole Republican in the race, while Bath residents Jennifer DeChant and Paul Johnson are vying for the Democratic nod.

District 62 covers part of Bath.

Rep. Kerri Prescott, R-Topsham, is not seeking a fourth term in House District 60, which includes part of Topsham. Two fellow Topsham residents seek to take her place: Democrat Andrew Mason, a selectman from Middlesex Road, and Republican Jean Wolkens of Meadow Road.

In House District 63, which represents part of Brunswick, Rep. Charles Priest, D-Brunswick, is running for a fourth term. He previously served in the House from 1984-1990. Matthew A. Mower of Brunswick is running on the Republican side.

Rep. Kimberly Olsen, R-Phippsburg, is seeking her second term in House District 64, which includes Phippsburg, Harpswell and the southern half of West Bath. She is challenged by Jeremy Saxton, a Harpswell Democrat.

In House District 65, which covers parts of Bath, Brunswick, Topsham, West Bath and Woolwich, Rep. Peter Kent, D-Woolwich, is running for a third term. Jason Warnke, a Woolwich Republican, is Kent’s challenger.

John J. Bouchard, a Brunswick Republican, and David Frans, a Green Independent candidate from Brunswick, are challenging incumbent Rep. Alexander Cornell du Houx, D-Brunswick, in House District 66. Cornell du Houx has served two terms in the Brunswick district.

In the state Senate, Sen. Stanley Gerzofsky, D-Brunswick, is seeking a third, two-year term in District 10, which includes Brunswick, Harpswell, Freeport and Pownal. The Federal Street resident – who was elected to the Senate in 2008 after serving four terms in the House – faces a challenge from Republican Ralph Dean of Dune Drive, Freeport.

The deadline for party candidates to file nomination papers with the secretary of state’s office was March 15. Unenrolled candidates have until June 1 to file.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him in Twitter: @learics.

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A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.