May 2, 2007
Secretary of State
Contact: Don Cookson, 626-8404
Democratic and Republican Candidates to Face Off on June 12
Augusta — With the passing of the May 1 deadline for consideration to appear on the ballot for a June 12 Special Election in House District 83, Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap has announced the names of the official nominees. “The election will be a contest between candidates from each of the state’s largest political parties. Both Republicans and Democrats chose candidates by way of caucus during the last weekend in April. Maine’s third recognized party, the Green Independent Party, chose not to hold a caucus to select a candidate for this race. Additionally, no unenrolled candidates filed petitions seeking to be included in the process.”
The special election has been precipitated by the untimely passing of first-term Republican lawmaker Abigail Holman, who won election to the House in November 2006.
The Republican Caucus selected Penny Morrell of Belgrade, an administrative assistant and office manager for the organization Maine Right to Life. Morrell won her party’s nomination by besting three other nominees. The Democratic candidate is Deane Jones of Mount Vernon, a member of that town’s Board of Selectmen. He earned his party’s nomination by defeating two other candidates in the District’s Democratic Caucus.
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