Maine State Senate elections, 2014

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Maine State Senate elections, 2014

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The Maine State Senate is a must-win for the Republican Party. With Republican Gov. Paul LePage and Democratic challenger Mike Michaud in a statistical dead-heat in polling as of late August, the Democrats have a chance to make Maine a state government trifecta.[1]

While the Maine House of Representatives is out of reach for the Republicans, they have a chance to win the upper house, a chamber the party has controlled for only four of the last 32 years. The Democratic Party holds four more seats than the Republicans, contrasted with the more than 30-seat difference in the lower house.

Both the Democrats and the Republicans view the race in District 9 between Democratic District 32 incumbent Geoffrey Gratwick and Republican ex-mayor of Bangor Cary Weston as a key opportunity. District 9, which includes Bangor, is a swing district.[2]

MaineCare, the state's Medicaid program, is seen as a centerpiece issue in the legislative elections. Republicans look to tie the fiscal troubles of the state program to the federal Affordable Care Act, whereas Democrats are are focused on selling the benefits of expansion to voters.[3]

Out of the 35 seats in the Maine State Senate, 34 have two major party candidates running in the election. Of the eight retiring incumbents, four are Democrats and one is an Independent who caucuses with the Democrats.[4]

The Maine State Senate is one of 20 state legislative chambers noted by Ballotpedia staff as being a battleground chamber. The Maine Senate has a difference in partisan balance between Democrats and Republicans of four seats, which amounts to 11.4 percent of the 35-member chamber. In 2012, a total of 14 districts were competitive or mildly competitive. There were seven districts where the margin of victory was 5 percent or less in the 2012 elections. Another seven districts had a margin of victory between 5 and 10 percent.

Elections for the office of Maine State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 10, 2014, and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for party candidates wishing to run in this election was March 17, 2014. The deadline for write-in candidates to run in the primary election was April 28, 2014, and the deadline for non-party candidates to run in the general election was June 2, 2014.

Incumbents retiring

A total of eight incumbents are not running for re-election in 2014. Those incumbents are:

Name Party Current Office
Richard Woodbury Grey.png Nonpartisan Senate District 11
Gary Plummer Ends.png Republican Senate District 12
Margaret Craven Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 16
Patrick Flood Ends.png Republican Senate District 21
Edward Mazurek Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 22
Emily Ann Cain Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 30
Roger Sherman Ends.png Republican Senate District 34
Troy Dale Jackson Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 34

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 4 election, the Democratic Party holds the majority in the Maine State Senate:

Maine State Senate
Party As of September 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 19 Pending
     Republican Party 15 Pending
     Independent 1 Pending
Total 35 35

Qualifications

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Section 6 of Part 2 of Article 4 of the Maine Constitution states, "The Senators shall be 25 years of age at the commencement of the term, for which they are elected, and in all other respects their qualifications shall be the same as those of the Representatives."

Section 4 of Part 1 of Article 4 of the Maine Constitution states, "Qualifications; residency requirement. No person shall be a member of the House of Representatives, unless the person shall, at the commencement of the period for which the person is elected, have been 5 years a citizen of the United States, have arrived at the age of 21 years, have been a resident in this State one year; and for the 3 months next preceding the time of this person's election shall have been, and, during the period for which elected, shall continue to be a resident in the district which that person represents."

Competitiveness

Candidates unopposed by a major party

In all but one of the 35 districts up for election, there are candidates from both major parties running for election. One Democrat, incumbent Anne Haskell, is guaranteed election in November barring unforeseen circumstances.

Primary challenges

A total of two incumbents (5.7%) faced primary competition on June 10. Eight incumbents (22.9%) are not seeking re-election and another 25 incumbents (71.4%) advanced past the primary without opposition. The state senators facing primary competition were:

Retiring incumbents

Eight incumbent senators are not running for re-election, while 27 (77.1%) are running for re-election. A list of those incumbents (four Democrats, three Republicans and one independent) can be found above.

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Maine

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Maine's population increased by 4.2 percent between 2000 and 2010, rising from 1.27 million to 1.33 million.[6] The southwestern part of the state, particularly the area near the New Hampshire border and around the city of Portland, had the highest levels of population density and growth, while northern parts of the state accounted for little of Maine's total population or growth.[7]

Maine was the only state that would have drawn new Congressional and state legislative maps in 2013 rather than before the 2012 elections, but a June 2011 court ruling required that the Congressional maps be drawn sooner.[8][9] New Congressional districts were in place for the 2012 elections, but new state legislative maps were not drawn until 2013. Thus, the new state legislative maps will first be used in the 2014 election.

Context

Republicans have only controlled the Maine State Senate for four years in the last 32 years. They only need to pick up three seats, however, to gain control of the chamber. This has landed it on the Republican State Leadership Committee's list of 16 chambers targeted to flip in 2014. Republicans gaining control of this chamber may be necessary to prevent a Democratic state government trifecta, as Gov. Paul LePage (R) trails his opponent Mike Michaud (D) in most polling.[2]

Republicans believe that the varying views and infighting within the state's political party is actually a strength when compared to the state Democratic party. Republican spokesman David Sorensen said, "Overtime there has been increasing tendency of the Democratic caucus to be in lockstep. When everyone is voting 90 percent like each other, you’ve got a situation where what may be popular in Portland isn’t necessary popular in Presque Isle." Sorensen said that Republicans, on the other hand, can find success with moderate candidates in one part of the state while running more conservative candidates in another.[2]

Races to watch

CentralMaine.com identified the following as races to watch in 2014:[10]

  • District 7: Incumbent Brian Langley (R) will face Theodore Koffman (D). The race is considered a tossup. One vulnerability for Langley could be his vote against Medicaid expansion, which Koffman has used to campaign against him.[11]
  • District 9: Incumbent Geoffrey Gratwick (D) will face Cary Weston (R). Gratwick and Weston once served on the Bangor City Council together. The 2012 race in the Bangor area became the most expensive legislative race in Maine's history. Some believe Weston has a favorable match-up because he is both an ex-Bangor mayor and, more importantly, no legislative record for Democrats to attack. MaineCare is playing a particularly central role in this race.[2][3][12]
  • District 13: Incumbent Chris Johnson (D) will face Leslie Fossel (R). This is a rematch of a 2012 race where outside groups spent more than $75,000 to attack Fossel.
  • District 20: Incumbent John Cleveland (D) will face Eric Brakey (R). Brakey is a 25 year-old and new to the district. His January campaign fundraising figures bested any other candidate in Maine's history, and he has been endorsed by U.S. Senator Rand Paul.
  • District 22: Incumbent Garrett Mason (R) will face Guy Desjardins (D). Mason won by a narrow 28-vote margin in 2012 and is viewed as more vulnerable to the Androscoggin County sheriff Desjardins. On the other hand, recent redistricting was in favor of the Republicans.
  • District 30: Incumbent James Boyle (D) will face Amy Volk (R). Volk has been at the front of a number of high-profile issues in the house and may be able to unseat Boyle in a district that has become more conservative due to redistricting.

The following race has also garnered attention:

List of candidates

Note: Candidate lists can change frequently throughout the election season. Ballotpedia staff will be re-examining the list on a monthly basis for any changes. This list was last examined on September 16, 2014. For more information about Ballotpedia's election coverage plan, click here. If you are aware of a candidate we've missed or one incorrectly listed, please send an email to: Tyler King.

District 1

Note: Incumbent Dawn Hill (D) is running in District 35.

Democratic Party June 10 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 10 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Charles Theriault
Republican Party Peter Edgecomb

District 2

Note: Incumbent Ronald Collins (R) is running in District 34.

Democratic Party June 10 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 10 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Michael Carpenter
Republican Party Michael Willette

District 3

Note: Incumbent John Tuttle (D) is running in District 33.

Democratic Party June 10 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 10 Republican primary:
  • Rodney Whittemore Approveda - District 26 incumbent Whittemore first assumed office in 2010.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Craig Heavey
Republican Party Rodney Whittemore

District 4

Note: Incumbent David Dutremble (D) is running in District 32.

Democratic Party June 10 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 10 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party David Ziemer
Republican Party Paul T. Davis

District 5

Note: Incumbent Linda Valentino (D) is running in District 31.

Democratic Party June 10 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 10 Republican primary:

Note: Lincoln withdrew after the primary; Mitchell McLaughlin was named as her replacement.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party James Dill
Republican Party Mitchell McLaughlin

District 6

Note: Incumbent James Boyle is running in District 30.

Democratic Party June 10 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 10 Republican primary:
  • David C. Burns Approveda - District 29 incumbent Burns first assumed office in 2012.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Anne Perry
Republican Party David C. Burns

District 7

Note: Incumbent Rebecca Millett (D) is running in District 29.

Democratic Party June 10 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 10 Republican primary:
  • Brian Langley Approveda - District 28 incumbent Langley first assumed office in 2010.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Theodore Koffman
Republican Party Brian Langley

District 8

Note: Incumbent Justin Alfond (D) is running in District 27.

Democratic Party June 10 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 10 Republican primary:
  • Edward Youngblood Approveda - District 31 incumbent Youngblood first assumed office in 2012.

Note: Youngblood withdrew after the primary; Kimberley Rosen was named as his replacement.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Paul P. Davis
Republican Party Kimberley Rosen

District 9

Note: Incumbent Anne Haskell (D) is running in District 28.

Democratic Party June 10 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 10 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Geoffrey Gratwick
Republican Party Cary Weston

District 10

Note: Incumbent Stanley Gerzofsky (D) is running in District 24.

Democratic Party June 10 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 10 Republican primary:
  • Andre Cushing Approveda - District 33 incumbent Cushing first assumed office in 2012.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jaric Fontaine
Republican Party Andre Cushing

District 11

Note: Incumbent Richard Woodbury (I) is not seeking re-election.

Democratic Party June 10 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 10 Republican primary:
  • Michael Thibodeau Approveda - District 23 incumbent Thibodeau first assumed office in 2010.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jonathan Fulford
Republican Party Michael Thibodeau

District 12

Note: Incumbent Gary Plummer (R) is not seeking re-election.

Democratic Party June 10 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 10 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party David Miramant
Republican Party Paula Sutton

District 13

Note: Incumbent James Hamper (R) is running in District 19.

Democratic Party June 10 Democratic primary:
  • Chris Johnson Approveda - District 20 incumbent Johnson first assumed office in 2012.
Republican Party June 10 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Chris Johnson
Republican Party Leslie Fossel

District 14

Note: Incumbent John Patrick (D) is running in District 14.

Democratic Party June 10 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 10 Republican primary:
Independent Unaffiliated candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party David Bustin
Republican Party Earle McCormick
Independent Gary Quintal

District 15

Note: Incumbent John Cleveland (D) is running in District 20.

Democratic Party June 10 Democratic primary:

Note: Blodgett withdrew after the primary; Rebecca Cornell du Houx was selected as her replacement.

Republican Party June 10 Republican primary:
  • Roger Katz Approveda - District 24 incumbent Katz first assumed office in 2010.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Rebecca Cornell du Houx
Republican Party Roger Katz

District 16

Note: Incumbent Margaret Craven (D) is not seeking re-election.

Democratic Party June 10 Democratic primary:
  • Colleen Lachowicz Approveda - District 25 incumbent Lachowicz first assumed office in 2012.
Republican Party June 10 Republican primary:

Note: Fortier withdrew after the primary; Scott Cyrway was named as his replacement.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Colleen Lachowicz
Republican Party Alek Fortier

District 17

Note: Incumbent Garrett Mason (R) is running in District 22.

Democratic Party June 10 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 10 Republican primary:
  • Thomas Saviello Approveda - District 18 incumbent Saviello first assumed office in 2010.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Joanne Dunlap
Republican Party Thomas Saviello

District 18

Note: Incumbent Thomas Saviello (R) is running in District 17.

Democratic Party June 10 Democratic primary:
  • John Patrick Approveda - District 14 incumbent Patrick first assumed office in 2010.
Republican Party June 10 Republican primary:

Note: Knight withdrew after the primary; Joseph Martin was selected as his replacement.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party John Patrick
Republican Party Joseph Martin

District 19

Note: Incumbent Eloise Vitelli (D) is running in District 23.

Democratic Party June 10 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 10 Republican primary:
  • James Hamper Approveda - District 13 incumbent Hamper first assumed office in 2012.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Rose Rogers-Wells
Republican Party James Hamper

District 20

Note: Incumbent Chris Johnson (D) is running in District 13.

Democratic Party June 10 Democratic primary:
  • John Cleveland Approveda - District 15 incumbent Cleveland first assumed office in 2012.
Republican Party June 10 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party John Cleveland
Republican Party Eric Brakey

District 21

Note: Incumbent Patrick Flood (R) is not seeking re-election.

Democratic Party June 10 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 10 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Nathan Libby
Republican Party Patricia Gagne

District 22

Note: Incumbent Edward Mazurek (D) is not seeking re-election.

Democratic Party June 10 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 10 Republican primary:
  • Garrett Mason Approveda - District 17 incumbent Mason first assumed office in 2010.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Guy Desjardins
Republican Party Garrett Mason

District 23

Note: Incumbent Michael Thibodeau (R) is running in District 11.

Democratic Party June 10 Democratic primary:
  • Eloise Vitelli Approveda - District 19 incumbent Vitelli first assumed office in 2013.
Republican Party June 10 Republican primary:
Green Party June 10 Green Party primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Eloise Vitelli
Republican Party Linda Baker
Green Party Alice Knapp

District 24

Note: Incumbent Roger Katz (R) is running in District 15.

Democratic Party June 10 Democratic primary:
  • Stanley Gerzofsky Approveda - District 10 incumbent Gerzofsky first assumed office in 2008.
Republican Party June 10 Republican primary:
Green Party June 10 Green Party primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Stanley Gerzofsky
Republican Party Jennifer Johnson
Green Party Frederick Horch

District 25

Note: Incumbent Colleen Lachowicz (D) is running in District 16.

Democratic Party June 10 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 10 Republican primary:

Note: David Savage withdrew before the primary. On June 20, Gardiner announced his intention to withdraw from the general election; he endorsed Cathy Manchester as a replacement candidate.[13] Manchester was ultimately selected.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Catherine Breen
Republican Party Cathy Manchester

District 26

Note: Incumbent Rodney Whittemore (R) is running in District 3.

Democratic Party June 10 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 10 Republican primary:

Note: Call withdrew after the primary. Stuart "Toby" Pennels replaced Call on the general election ballot but withdrew following an August 3 motorcycle accident; he passed away in early September.[14] Kaile Warren was named as Pennels' replacement.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party William Diamond
Republican Party Kaile Warren

District 27

Note: Incumbent Douglas Thomas (R) is running in District 4.

Democratic Party June 10 Democratic primary:
  • Justin Alfond Approveda - District 8 incumbent Alfond first assumed office in 2008.
Republican Party June 10 Republican primary:
Green Party June 10 Green Party primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Justin Alfond
Republican Party Peter Doyle
Green Party Asher Platts

District 28

Note: Incumbent Brian Langley (R) is running in District 7.

Democratic Party June 10 Democratic primary:
  • Anne Haskell Approveda - District 9 incumbent Haskell first assumed office in 2012.
Republican Party June 10 Republican primary:

Note: Russell withdrew after the primary.

Green Party June 10 Green Party primary:

Note: Unterreiner withdrew after the primary. Owen Hill was named as her replacement.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Anne Haskell
Green Party Owen Hill

District 29

Note: Incumbent David C. Burns (R) is running in District 6.

Democratic Party June 10 Democratic primary:
  • Rebecca Millett Approveda - District 7 incumbent Millett first assumed office in 2012.
Republican Party June 10 Republican primary:

Note: Ridge withdrew after the primary; William DeSena was named as his replacement.

Green Party June 10 Green Party primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Rebecca Millett
Republican Party William DeSena
Green Party Mark Diehl

District 30

Note: Incumbent Emily Ann Cain (D) is running for Congress.

Democratic Party June 10 Democratic primary:
  • James Boyle Approveda - District 6 incumbent Boyle first assumed office in 2012.
Republican Party June 10 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party James Boyle
Republican Party Amy Volk

District 31

Note: Incumbent Edward Youngblood (R) is running in District 8.

Democratic Party June 10 Democratic primary:
  • Linda Valentino Approveda - District 5 incumbent Valentino first assumed office in 2012.
Republican Party June 10 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Linda Valentino
Republican Party Michael Coleman

District 32

Note: Incumbent Geoffrey Gratwick (D) is running in District 9.

Democratic Party June 10 Democratic primary:
  • David Dutremble Approveda - District 4 incumbent Dutremble first assumed office in 2012.
Republican Party June 10 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party David Dutremble
Republican Party James Booth

District 33

Note: Incumbent Andre Cushing (R) is running in District 10.

Democratic Party June 10 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 10 Republican primary:

Note: McGee withdrew after the primary. David Woodsome was named as his replacement.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party John Tuttle
Republican Party David Woodsome

District 34

Note: Incumbent Roger Sherman (R) is not seeking re-election due to term limits.

Democratic Party June 10 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 10 Republican primary:
  • Ronald Collins Approveda - District 2 incumbent Collins first assumed office in 2010.
Independent Unaffiliated candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Gary Connor
Republican Party Ronald Collins
Independent Richard Burns (Maine Families Party)

District 35

Note: Incumbent Troy Dale Jackson (D) is running for Congress.

Democratic Party June 10 Democratic primary:
  • Dawn Hill Approveda - District 1 incumbent Hill first assumed office in 2010.
Republican Party June 10 Republican primary:

Note: Weaver withdrew after the primary. John Carson was named as his replacement.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Dawn Hill
Republican Party John Carson

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  1. Huffington Post, "Bill Clinton hitting the campaign trail for Paul LePage challenger," August 27, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Washington Times, "Battle for control of Maine Legislature heating up," July 27, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Morning Sentinel, "Health care to dominate the 2014 Maine Legislature races," March 22, 2014
  4. Boston Globe, "14 Maine legislative races still uncontested," July 25, 2012
  5. Department of the Secretary of State, "Secretary of State Matt Dunlap Announces Results of Democratic Primary Contest Recount in Senate District 33, Part of York County," June 19, 2014
  6. Bangor Daily News, "Maine’s population grows by 4.2 percent," December 21, 2010
  7. U.S. Census Bureau, "2010 Census: Maine Profile," accessed August 27, 2012
  8. Stateline, "As redistricting gets underway, New Jersey is already gridlocked," March 10, 2011
  9. The Portland Press Herald, "Court orders Maine to do redistricting much earlier," June 10, 2011
  10. CentralMaine.com, "Maine’s top 2014 legislative races look a lot like 2012," March 22, 2014
  11. Facebook: Ted Koffman for State Senate, "Koffman reaffirms support for Medicaid expansion," May 2, 2014
  12. Daily Kos, "2014 State Senate races in Maine: Will the Democrats keep their majority?" April 3, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 The Forecaster, "New Republican candidate emerges to challenge Falmouth Democrat Breen in Maine Senate District 25," June 20, 2014
  14. Portland Press Herald, "Army vet, Maine Senate candidate from Casco dies from accident injuries," September 4, 2014