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Maine State Senate elections, 2010

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Maine State Senate
Elections for the office of Maine State Senate were held in Maine on November 2, 2010. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was March 15 at 5 PM-ET for Party Candidates and June 1 by 5 PM-ET for others. The primary election day was on June 8, 2010.

Maine's state senators are elected to two-year terms. They are subject to term limits of no more than four consecutive two-year terms.

Of the 35 districts, incumbents ran in 26 of them. In the remaining 9 districts, 4 incumbents were ineligible to run because of term limits.

See also: Maine State Senate and State legislative elections, 2010

November 2 General Election Results

Maine State Senate
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 20 14
     Republican Party 15 20
     Independent 0 1
Total 35 35


The following candidates won election on November 2, 2010:

  1. Barry Hobbins
  2. Bill Diamond
  3. Brian Langley
  4. Christopher Rector
  5. David Hastings
  6. David Trahan
  7. Dawn Hill
  8. Debra Plowman
  9. Douglas Thomas
  10. Earle McCormick
  11. Elizabeth Schneider
  12. Garrett Mason
  13. John Patrick
  14. Jonathan Courtney
  15. Joseph Brannigan
  16. Justin Alfond
  17. Kevin Raye
  18. Lawrence Bliss
  19. Lois Snowe Mello
  20. Margaret Craven
  21. Michael Thibodeau
  22. Nancy Sullivan
  23. Nichi Farnham
  24. Philip Bartlett
  25. Richard Rosen
  26. Richard Woodbury
  27. Rodney Whittemore
  28. Roger Katz
  29. Roger Sherman
  30. Ronald Collins
  31. Seth Goodall
  32. Stan Gerzofsky
  33. Thomas Martin, Jr.
  34. Thomas Saviello
  35. Troy Dale Jackson

Term limits

See also: State legislatures with term limits

The Maine State Senate has been a term-limited state senate since Maine voters approved Question 1 in 1993. Under this law, state senators can serve no more than four consecutive 2-year terms. The Maine State Legislature tried, unsuccessfully, in 2007 to get the state's voters to extend the number of years they could consecutively serve in office by putting the Maine Term Limits Extension act on the ballot. Voters overwhelmingly (67-33%) rejected it.

There are 35 Maine State Senators. In 2010, 4 who are current members were ineligible to run for the senate again in November. They are:

Democrats (2):

Republicans (2):

Campaign contributions

See also: State-by-state comparison of donations to state senate campaigns

This chart shows how many candidates ran for state senate in Maine in past years and the cumulative amount of campaign contributions in state senate races, including contributions in both primary and general election contests. All figures come from Follow The Money.[1]

Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2008 90 $1,854,105
2006 89 $1,990,662
2004 90 $2,095,278
2002 87 $1,323,033

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates
Party As of October 2014
     Democratic Party 19
     Republican Party 15
     Independent 1
Total 35


Incumbency

Unopposed incumbents

2010 state legislative elections analyzed using a Competitiveness Index

No incumbents face opposition in the November 2 general election and are thus, barring unforeseen circumstances, guaranteed re-election in November.

Primary challenges

No eligible incumbent lost in the primary. The following 25 incumbents (15 Democrats, 10 Republicans) won their primaries:

Retiring incumbents

Ten incumbent senators are not running for re-election, while 25 incumbents (71%) ran for re-election. Of the 10 incumbents who are not running for re-election, 5 are Democrats and 5 are Republicans.

Incumbents who are retiring are:

Qualifications

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."

List of candidates

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District 1

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

Note: Incumbent Peter Bowman (D) did not seek re-election, although he was eligible to do so under Maine's term limits.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Dawn Hill 8,623Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Michael Estes 7,849

District 2

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

Note: Incumbent Richard Nass (R) is not eligible to seek re-election under Maine's term limits.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Richard Burns 6,769
Republican Party Ronald Collins 8,591Green check mark transparent.png

District 3

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
  • Jonathan Courtney 2,416 Approveda Incumbent Courtney has served in the Maine Senate since 2004.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Robert Stackpole 5,758
Republican Party Jonathan Courtney 8,586Green check mark transparent.png

District 4

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • Nancy Sullivan 3,566 Approveda Incumbent Sullivan has served in the Maine Senate since 2004.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Nancy Sullivan 8,449 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Owen Pickus 7,391

District 5

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • Barry Hobbins 3,414 Approveda Incumbent Hobbins has served in the Maine Senate since 2004.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Barry Hobbins 9,324Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party John Cushing 6,976

District 6

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • Philip Bartlett 2,891 Approveda Incumbent Bartlett has served in the Maine Senate since 2004.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Philip Bartlett 8,724 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Matthew Mattingly 7,942

District 7

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • Lawrence Bliss 4,303 Approveda Incumbent Bliss has served in the Maine Senate since 2008.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Note: Recount Expected [2]

Democratic Party Lawrence Bliss 9,172Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Joseph Palmieri 9,097

District 8

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • Justin Alfond 4,037 Approveda Incumbent Alfond has served in the Maine Senate since 2008.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
Green Party June 8 Green Independent primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Justin Alfond 10,667 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Peter Doyle 2,908

District 9

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • Joseph Brannigan 3,848 Approveda Incumbent Brannigan has served in the Maine Senate since 2006.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Joseph Brannigan 9,603Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Jeffrey Martin 5,833

District 10

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • Stan Gerzofsky 3,968 Approveda Incumbent Gerzofsky has served in the Maine Senate since 2008.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
  • Matthew Cartmell 2,582 Approveda Note: Cartmell has officially withdrawn from the race.
  • Thomas Scott Scott replaced Cartmell on the Republican ballot.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Stan Gerzofsky 10,168 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Thomas Scott 6,418

District 11

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • Cynthia Bullens 4,048 Approveda Note: Bullens officially withdrew her candidacy on September 15, 2010, but her name remained on the ballot.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
  • Gerald Davis 4,840 Approveda Incumbent Davis has served in the Maine Senate since 2008.
Green Party June 8 Green Independent primary result:
Independent Independent candidate:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Cynthia Bullens 2,472
Republican Party Gerald Davis 7,963
Green Party Christopher Miller 897
Independent Richard Woodbury 9,029 Green check mark transparent.png

District 12

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • Bill Diamond 2,818 Approveda Incumbent Diamond has served in the Maine Senate since 2004.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Bill Diamond 10,063 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Ann-Marie Grenier 6,667

District 13

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
  • David Hastings 3,977 Approveda Incumbent Hastings has served in the Maine Senate since 2004.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Laura Ordway 7,554
Republican Party David Hastings 9,854 Green check mark transparent.png

District 14

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

Note: Incumbent Bruce Bryant (D) is not eligible to seek re-election under Maine's term limits.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party John Patrick 9,143 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party H. Sawin Millett, Jr. 7,342

District 15

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • Deborah Simpson 2,832 Approveda Incumbent Simpson has served in the Maine Senate since 2008.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Deborah Simpson 7,362
Republican Party Lois Snowe Mello 8,467 Green check mark transparent.png

District 16

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • Margaret Craven 3,828 Approveda Incumbent Craven has served in the Maine Senate since 2008.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Margaret Craven 6,286Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Joel Kase 5,400

District 17

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • John Nutting 3,035 Approveda Incumbent Nutting has served in the Maine Senate since 2004.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party John Nutting 7,153
Republican Party Garrett Mason 9,027Green check mark transparent.png

District 18

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

Note: Incumbent Walter Gooley (R) did not seek re-election, although he was eligible to do so under Maine's term limits.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Ann Woloson 6,703
Republican Party Thomas Saviello 11,194Green check mark transparent.png

District 19

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • Seth Goodall 3,901 Approveda Incumbent Goodall has served in the Maine Senate since 2008.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Seth Goodall 9,588Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party David Kaler 8,335

District 20

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
  • David Trahan 4,831 Approveda Incumbent Trahan has served in the Maine Senate since 2008.
Independent Independent candidate:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Christopher Johnson 6,178
Republican Party David Trahan 10,909 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Daniel Schweitzer 1,794

District 21

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • Nancy Smith 3,550 Approveda Note: Smith withdrew her candidacy later in June.
Democratic Party June 29 Democratic caucus result:[3]
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
  • Earle McCormick 3,851 Approveda Incumbent McCormick has served in the Maine Senate since 2006.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Patrice Putman 6,656
Republican Party Earle McCormick 11,298 Green check mark transparent.png

District 22

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • Adrian Humphreys 2,937 Approveda Note: Humphreys offically withdrew her candidacy on July 19, 2010.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party Christopher Rector 13,000 Green check mark transparent.png

District 23

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

Note: Incumbent Carol Weston (R) is not eligible to seek re-election under Maine's term limits.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party John Piotti 7,903
Republican Party Michael Thibodeau 9,365 Green check mark transparent.png

District 24

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

Note: Incumbent Elizabeth Mitchell (D) did not seek re-election, although she was eligible to do so under Maine's term limits. Mitchell is running for governor in 2010.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Patsy Crockett 5,803
Republican Party Roger Katz 10,239 Green check mark transparent.png

District 25

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • Lisa Marrache 3,027 Approveda Note: Incumbent Marrache filed for re-election and was re-nominated by the Democrats but withdrew her candidacy later that month.
Democratic Party July 6 Democratic caucus result:[4]
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Pamela Trinward 6,398
Republican Party Thomas Martin, Jr. 7,462 Green check mark transparent.png

District 26

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

Note: Incumbent Peter Mills (R) did not seek re-election, although he was eligible to do so under Maine's term limits, but instead ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for governor.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Gerald York 5,046
Republican Party Rodney Whittemore 9,087 Green check mark transparent.png

District 27

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

Note: Incumbent Douglas Smith (R) did not seek re-election, although he was eligible to do so under Maine's term limits.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Susan Mackey Andrews 6,271
Republican Party Douglas Thomas 8,908 Green check mark transparent.png

District 28

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
Green Party June 8 Green Independent primary result:

Note: Incumbent Dennis Damon (D) is not eligible to seek re-election under Maine's term limits.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party James Schatz 6,420
Republican Party Brian Langley 9,633 Green check mark transparent.png
Green Party Lynne Williams 2,311

District 29

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
  • Kevin Raye 3,327 Approveda Incumbent Raye has served in the Maine Senate since 2004.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party F. James Whalen 3,967
Republican Party Kevin Raye 9,927 Green check mark transparent.png

District 30

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Elizabeth Schneider 7,767 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Traci Gauthier 5,668

District 31

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
  • Richard Rosen 3,835 Approveda Incumbent Rosen has served in the Maine Senate since 2004.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Paul Liebow 5,893
Republican Party Richard Rosen 10,776 Green check mark transparent.png

District 32

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • Joseph Perry 2,250 Approveda Incumbent Perry has served in the Maine Senate since 2004.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Joseph Perry 5,724
Republican Party Nichi Farnham 7,394 Green check mark transparent.png

District 33

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
  • Debra Plowman 3,932 Approveda Incumbent Plowman has served in the Maine Senate since 2004.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Sherman Leighton 5,116
Republican Party Debra Plowman 11,360 Green check mark transparent.png

District 34

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • Alan Lindquist 1,582 Approveda Note: Lindquist has officially withdrawn from the race.
  • Patrick Gordon Gordon replaced Lindquist on the Democratic ticket.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:
  • Roger Sherman 2,946 Approveda Incumbent Sherman has served in the Maine Senate since 2006.

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party Roger Sherman 8,038 Green check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party Patrick Gordon 5,104

District 35

Democratic Party June 8 Democratic primary result:
  • Troy Dale Jackson 3,174 Approveda Incumbent Jackson has served in the Maine Senate since 2008.
Republican Party June 8 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Troy Dale Jackson 7,525 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Daniel Deveau 5,620

See also

External links

References

  1. Follow the Money, Maine
  2. Keep Me Current, "Bliss squeaks by Palmieri in Senate District 7." November 3, 2010
  3. "Dems select Putnam to run for Senate" Kennebec Journal 7/1/2010
  4. "Democrats tap Trinward" Kennebec Journal, 7/6/2010