Scarborough councilors likely to be House candidates

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SCARBOROUGH — Two Scarborough town councilors hope to become candidates for the state House of Representatives in the June 12 primaries, which will also include contested party races in Cape Elizabeth and South Portland. 

In House District 29, which includes part of Scarborough, Councilor Shawn Babine is unopposed for the Democratic nomination. He would challenge Republican incumbent Rep. Karen Vachon of Scarborough in the general election on Nov. 6. Babine’s term on the council runs until November 2020.

Councilor Christopher J. Caiazzo, whose term ends this November, filed as a Democrat in House District 28, where Rep. Heather Sirocki, R-Scarborough, is prohibited from seeking re-election due to term limits. Bradbury Dean Blake, also of Scarborough, filed for the Republican nomination in the district, which represents part of Scarborough.

In House District 30, which includes part of Cape Elizabeth, Anne M. Carney of Cape Elizabeth is facing Mary Ann Lynch, also of Cape Elizabeth, in the June 12 Democratic primary. Charles Peter Rich, of Cape Elizabeth, is unopposed for the Republican nomination. Rep. Kimberly J. Monaghan, D-Cape Elizabeth, is termed out.

A House District 32 contest between Democrats Christopher J. Kessler and Richard Rottkov will be decided in South Portland. Republican Tammy B. Walter, of Cape Elizabeth, will face the winner. Rep. Scott M. Hamann, D-South Portland, is not seeking re-election after three terms. District 32 includes part of Cape Elizabeth and part of South Portland.

In House District 31, which includes part of South Portland, incumbent Rep. Lois Galgay Reckitt, D-South Portland is seeking re-election. Kenneth R. Decatur filed for the Republican primary.

In House District 33, independent Rep. Kevin J. Battle of South Portland is not running again due to term limits. Republican Christopher S. Story and Democrat Victoria E. Morales are the candidates who filed.

State Sen. Rebecca J. Millett, D-Cape Elizabeth, is seeking re-election in Senate District 29, representing Cape Elizabeth, South P0rtland and part of Scarborough. Republican George Willard Van Syckel of Cape Elizabeth is her presumptive opponent. 

State Senate District 30, representing Gorham, Buxton and part of Scarborough, has two declared candidates: incumbent state Sen. Amy Volk, R-Scarborough, and Democratic challenger Dr. Linda S. Sanborn of Gorham.  

Voting on June 12 takes place in South Portland from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. at four locations: the Boys and Girls Club at 169 Broadway, American Legion Post 35 at 413 Broadway, the South Portland Community Center at 21 Nelson Road and the Redbank Community Center on MacArthur Circle.

In Scarborough, voting is at Alumni Gymnasium at Scarborough High School from 7 a.m.-8 p.m.

Cape Elizabeth also votes from 7 a.m.-8 p.m., at the high school gym on Ocean House Road.

Juliette Laaka can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or at jlaaka@theforecaster.net

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