Sagadahoc caucuses tap Benoit, Stromgren, Vitelli for special Senate election

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BATH — Paula Benoit of Phippsburg, Daniel Stromgren of Topsham and Eloise Vitelli of Arrowsic will be on the Aug. 27 ballot in a special election to fill the state Senate District 19 seat vacated by former Sen. Seth Goodall, D-Richmond.

Benoit received the Republican Party nomination in a caucus Tuesday. Chairman Kyle Rogers told the Bangor Daily News that Benoit received 58 votes, while the only other candidate, Guy Lebida of Bowdoin, received 11.

The day before, the Sagadahoc County Democratic Party caucus chose Vitelli over attorney and Bath City Councilor David Sinclair, and Will Neilson, co-owner of Solo Bistro in Bath.

Vitelli received 77 votes, while Neilson had 11 votes and Sinclair 4, Vitelli told the BDN.

Stromgren, a social worker from Topsham, was nominated by the Maine Green Independent Party on July 17. He bested Richmond attorney Alice Knapp for the nomination.

Benoit held the Senate seat from 2006-2008, before losing it to Goodall. She also owned and operated the Magnolia Gift Store in downtown Bath.

Stromgren, a member of the Maine Greens since the party’s 1994 inception, has worked on several Green Party campaigns and on the national party issues.

Vitelli, is director of program and policy at Women, Work and Community. She is on the Maine Economic Growth Council and was president of the Midcoast Economic Development District.

Senate District 19 includes Sagadahoc County and the Lincoln County town of Dresden.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or [email protected]. Follow him on 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.