Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019
Contact: Kristen Muszynski
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Special election set to fill District 52 House seat

AUGUSTA – Governor Janet Mills and Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap signed the proclamation today, Feb. 7, 2019, announcing a special election for the Maine House District 52.

The special election is scheduled for Tuesday, April 2, 2019.

This House seat, which covers the City of Bath, was previously held by Rep. Jennifer DeChant of Bath, who resigned her position on Feb. 1, 2019.

Maine’s three political parties, the Democrats, Green Independents and Republicans, will now caucus to choose candidates for the seat. Candidate nominations are due to the Office of the Secretary of State by 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22.

Non-party candidates must circulate petitions and obtain the signatures of at least 50 registered voters in House District 52. The deadline to submit the petitions to the Secretary of State is by 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, after first having the signatures certified by the applicable municipalities. Write-in candidates must declare their candidacy by 5 p.m. on March 1. Non-party petition forms and write-in candidate declaration forms may be obtained by contacting the Elections Division of the Secretary of State at 207-624-7650.

The candidate who is elected by the voters in District 52 at the April 2 special election will serve out the remainder of Rep. DeChant’s term, through December 2020.