There weren't many contested races in the June 10 primary election in Washington County, but some new faces will be in the running for seats in the U.S. Congress and Maine House of Representatives and for district attorney and county sheriff
Statewide, Emily Cain of Orono defeated Troy Jackson of Allagash 70.9% to 29.1% and will be representing the Democrats in the bid to capture the U.S. House seat in District 2 that is currently held by Michael Michaud, who is running for the governor's seat. Cain will be running against Bruce Poliquin of Oakland, who defeated Kevin Raye of Perry by 56.1% to 43.9% to represent the Republican Party.
U.S. Senator Susan Collins defeated her challenger Erick Bennett by 98.4% to 1.6% and will be facing Democrat Shenna Bellows of Manchester in November.
In the race to represent the Democratic Party in Maine House District 140, Harold Clark of Calais defeated Pembroke resident Albion Goodwin 60.4% to 39.6% and will be facing Republican incumbent Joyce Maker of Calais.
Incumbent Washington County Treasurer Jill Holmes of Jonesport will represent the Republicans again, after defeating challenger Judith Alexander of Calais 57.6% to 42.4%.
In the race for Washington County sheriff, Barry Curtis of Cherryfield defeated Dale Earle of Calais, 72.3% to 27.7%, to represent the Republicans. He will face incumbent Donnie Smith, an independent, in November.
In the race for district attorney for Washington and Hancock counties, Matthew Foster of Ellsworth defeated Paul Cavanaugh of Calais by 57.3% to 42.7% to win the Republican nomination.
Representing the Democrats in that race will be William Entwisle of Sedgwick, who defeated Stephen Juskewitch of Dedham by 56.1% to 43.9%. The current district attorney, Carletta Bassano, is not seeking election.
In races that were not contested in the primary election but will be decided in November, Republican Senator David Burns of Whiting will be facing Democrat Anne Perry of Calais. Democrat Oscar Emerson of Bradley will face incumbent Republican Rep. Lawrence Lockman of Amherst for the new House District 137. Democrat Robert Alley of Beals will face Republican Richard Paul of Addison for the new Maine House District 138 seat. Rep. Katherine Cassidy of Lubec is seeking reelection as the Democratic candidate for House District 139 and will face Republican challenger William Tuell of East Machias. Republican Rep. Beth Turner of Burlington will be running against Democrat Philip Polk of Princeton.
Maine Republican Party chair Rick Bennett said of the primary results, "I congratulate Bruce Poliquin on his victory tonight, and I would like to commend Kevin Raye for a spirited campaign and his service to our state. Both candidates, with their records and their campaigns, showed Mainers that the Republican Party is the party of freedom, opportunity and reform. All of us at the Maine Republican Party look forward to supporting Bruce this summer and fall in his effort to win the Second Congressional District and bring fiscal common sense and real-world business experience to Washington, D.C."
"Republicans are energized to grow jobs and get debt and mismanagement under control in Washington while continuing to reform Maine's economy here at home," added Bennett.
Ben Grant, chairman of the Maine Democratic Party, commented, "Tonight we are thrilled to start bringing the party together around our nominee, Emily Cain. Her energy and experience are just what the people of the Second District need in Washington." He added, "There's no question that momentum is on our side. Mainers see through the tea party propaganda ‑ whether it's Paul LePage and his GOP allies in Maine, or John Boehner and Mitch McConnell in Washington. Voters know that Bruce Poliquin is a divisive leader who will only add to the gridlock that keeps Maine stuck. The people of Maine are ready to move on from all of their extreme policies and bad choices."