Stevens defeats DeChant for Sagadahoc deeds job

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BATH — Republican Judith Stevens of Woolwich defeated Democrat Jennifer DeChant of Bath on Tuesday in the election to succeed Barbara Trott as Sagadahoc County register of deeds.

Stevens secured 8,383 votes to DeChant’s 7,914, according to preliminary results.

DeChant had success in the county’s larger communities, winning in Bath 2,040 to 1,543 and Topsham 2,151 to 2,042.

Stevens served as Sagadahoc County deputy treasurer from 1994-2006, and during that time was treasurer of the county’s Local Emergency Planning Committee. Before that she was Woolwich’s treasurer and tax collector from 1988-1994.

Stevens worked as an accounts clerk for the town of Brunswick after her time with the county, and she served a similar role with the Brunswick Sewer District.

DeChant, who recently served on the Bath Planning Board, was chairwoman of the Sagadahoc County Democrats from 2000-2004 and has also served as treasurer of the Maine Democratic Party. She was a member of the Democratic National Committee from 2004-2008 and one of Maine’s eight Democratic superdelegates in 2008.

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.