Voting in Rockland
Voting in Rockland
For all the 2020-style drama around the country in the months before Election Day, November 3 in the midcoast looked more or less like it always does. Poll watchers weren’t as numerous as national news coverage suggested they might be — one to three people at most polling sites, often including someone from a branch of the Democratic Party. Those who spoke with The Free Press had seen nothing unusual.

The League of Women Voters of Maine took a similar account. In a day-after press release, Anna Kellar, executive director of the nonpartisan organization, said that apart from some long lines in Portland and Biddeford there were no major incidents, “and most of the lines moved quickly.”

In the presidential race, midcoast voters came out in force. Nearly all towns saw double-digit increases in turnout. While there were no major swings to the left or right, voters tilted slightly more Democratic than in 2016. An analysis by The Free Press found that just seven municipalities in Waldo, Knox and Lincoln counties cast a higher percentage of Republican to Democratic votes for president this year than in 2016: Cushing, Frankfort, Liberty, North Haven, Prospect, Searsmont and Troy.

In state races, one Senate seat flipped Democratic (District 13) and one House seat flipped Republican (District 88). As of Friday, November 6, no recounts had been formally requested in state races.

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Senate District 11Waldo County
Glenn “Chip” Curry (D) 12,650; 54%
Duncan Milne (R) 10,800; 46%
Serving Sen. Erin Herbig (D) was hired as Belfast city manager and did not seek re-election.

Senate District 12Knox County
David Miramant (D)* 13,833; 57% — re-elected to a fourth term
Gordon Page (R) 10,310; 43%

Senate District 13Lincoln County
Chloe Maxmin (D) 12,603; 51%
Dana Dow (R)* 12,045; 49%

House District 87Alna, Pittston, Randolph, Wiscasset
Jeffrey Hanley (R)* 3,117; 56%
Timothy Marks (D) 2,419; 44%

House District 88Chelsea, Jefferson, Nobleboro (part), Whitefield
Michael Lemelin (R) 2,842; 54%
Christopher Hamilton (D) 2,446; 46%
Serving Rep. Chloe Maxmin was elected to Senate District 13.

House District 89Boothbay, Boothbay Habor, Edgecomb, South Bristol (part), Southport, Westport Island
Holly Stover (D)* 3,248; 54% — re-elected to a second term
Stephanie Hawke (R) 2,815; 46%

House District 90Bremen, Bristol, Damariscotta, Louds Island, Monhegan, Newcastle, Nobleboro (part), South Bristol (part)
Lydia Crafts (D) 3,962; 65%
Merle Parise (R) 2,171; 35%
Serving Rep. Michael “Mick” Devin was ineligible to run because he had reached his term limit.

House District 91Friendship, Union (part), Waldoboro, Washington
Jeffrey Evangelos (I)* 2,761; 53% — re-elected to a fifth term (third consecutive)
Lowell Wallace (R) 2,400; 47%

House District 92Criehaven Township, Cushing, Matinicus, Muscle Ridge Islands Township, South Thomaston, St. George, Thomaston
Ann Matlack (D)* — ran unopposed for a second term.

House District 93Owls Head, Rockland
Valli Geiger (D) 2,675; 55%
Michael Mullins (R) 2,188; 45%
Serving Rep. Anne “Pinny” Beebe-Center did not seek re-election.

House District 94Camden, Islesboro, Rockport
Vicki Doudera (D)* — ran unopposed for a second term.

House District 95Appleton, Hope, Union (part), Warren
William Pluecker (I)* 2,767; 54% — re-elected to a second term.
Molly Luce (R) 2,393; 46%

House District 96Belmont, Liberty, Lincolnville, Montville, Morrill, Palermo, Searsmont
Stanley “Paige” Zeigler (D)* 2,941; 50% — re-elected to a third term.
Katrina Smith (R) 2,899; 50% — Smith on her campaign Facebook page on November 5 said she plans to request a recount.

House District 97Belfast, Northport, Waldo
Janice Dodge (D)* 3,789; 67% — re-elected to a second term.
William Elliott (R) 1,871; 33%

House District 98Frankfort, Searsport, Swanville, Winterport Scott Cuddy (D)* 2,691 — re-elected to a second term Jessica Connor (R) 2,636

House District 99Brooks, Burnham, Freedom, Jackson, Knox, Monroe, Thorndike, Troy, Unity
MaryAnne Kinney (R)* 2,682; 54% — re-elected to fourth term over a three-time challenger
April Turner (D) 2,248; 46%

House District 131Dedham, Orland, Otis, Penobscot, Prospect, Stockton Springs, Verona Island
Sherman Hutchins (R)* 3,267; 59% — re-elected to a second term
Veronica Magnan (D) 2,292; 41%

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Belfast re-elected city councilors Mary Mortier, Neal Harkness and Paul Dean. All three ran unopposed.

Camden approved using eminent domain at 225 Washington Street to extend the sidewalk to the park at Shirttail Point. The vote was 2,913 in favor and 724 opposed.

Hope approved spending $2,000 for equipment and related costs to livestream municipal meetings through June 2021. Voters also approved a dog ordinance and an ordinance that will allow residents to petition to recall local elected officials.

Rockland picked two new city councilors, Louise MacLellan-Ruf and Sarah Austin, from a field of five candidates, including Ian Emmott, Adam Lachman and Ryan Smith. Lachman placed third behind MacLellan-Ruf by a margin of 14 votes and has requested a recount, which will be done Wednesday, November 11, at 9 a.m. in the City Council Chambers.

Voters also approved a minimum wage ordinance 2,312-1,209. The law will raise the $12 per hour statewide minimum wage to $13 in Rockland starting January 1, 2022, then to $14 in 2023 and $15 in 2024, with cost-of-living increases after 2024.

Rockport passed a fireworks ordinance, 1,473-991, and a solar farm ordinance, 1,871-561.

Union rejected a contentious sidewalk project on Depot Street, with 891 opposed and 668 in favor.

Waldoboro authorized refinancing $1.38 million in outstanding lease agreements, buying a new grader, enacted new land use and floodplain ordinances, and added the former A.D. Gray School to the historic district.

In several nonbinding questions, Waldoboro voters favored the following projects: selling of the former A.D. Gray School to Volunteers of America for $1 to make 36 units of affordable senior housing; accepting gifts of the Sylvania Site and Hoffses Homestead properties; constructing a 24,000-square-foot community center at the recreation complex on West Main Street with $216,000 per year set aside for operating expenses; and allowing Lincoln Health to construct a medical arts facility on town property, and renovate the town office.