Senate District 19: Incumbent Goodall defeats Kaler

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BATH — Democratic state Sen. Seth Goodall of Richmond defeated Republican David Kaler of Bath Tuesday in his campaign for a second term in Senate District 19.

Goodall had secured his post by a vote of 9,564 to 8,330, according to preliminary results.

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

Goodall carried Bath by 1,894 to 1,868 and Topsham by 2,509 to 1,934.

“I’m very thankful to my constitutents for having the faith in me to represent them for another two years in Augusta,” he said on Wednesday, adding that he would focus on making Maine stronger in areas like the economy and jobs.

Goodall practices law with Augusta-based Dyer, Goodall and Denison. As a teenager in Richmond, he and his brother co-founded Goodall Landscaping, which is now based in Topsham.

Goodall served two years of a three-year term on the Richmond Board of Selectmen from 2007 to 2009, when he stepped down to serve in the Legislature.

He said last month that he sought a second term to continue to help build Maine’s economy and make the state a better place to live and work. He expressed a desire to provide better educational opportunities for young Mainers, and encourage them to stay in the state after completing high school and college.

Goodall also said the most critical issue today is building of a stronger economy and creating jobs in Maine.

Kaler worked as a designer at Bath Iron Works for 25 years. He was born and raised in Bath and served four years as a selectmen in Alna in the 1980s.

Alex Lear can be reached at 373-9060 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net.

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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.