by Sarah Craighead Dedmon
All but one member of Washington County’s Augusta delegation will be a Republican, following the midterm elections held Tuesday, Nov. 8.
Anne Perry, a longtime Democratic representative from Calais, narrowly defeated Republican challenger John Chambers, with 51.52 percent of the vote. Following last year’s redistricting, in January, Perry will represent the new House District 9, which stretches from Eastport to Grand Lake Stream along the county’s eastern edge.
Republican incumbent Sen. Marianne Moore will return to Augusta for her third term, winning over Democratic challenger Jonathan Goble with 67.54 percent of the vote, according to the Bangor Daily News. The enlarged Senate District 6 now takes in all of Washington County and a significant portion of Hancock County, too.
House District 10 will be represented by longtime East Machias Selectman Kenneth “Bucket” Davis, who defeated Independent challenger Melissa Hinerman with 62.34 percent of the vote. District 10 stretches from Machiastport to Lubec and includes Cooper, Cathance TWP, East Machias, Northfield, and Whiting, among other towns.
The county seat will be represented by Republican Tiffany Strout, who will serve her first term in Augusta on behalf of House District 11. Strout won over Democratic challenger Roland “Skip” Rogers with 69 percent of the vote. Democrat Robert Alley, who did not run for reelection this year, previously represented a large portion of the new District 11, which includes the towns of Milbridge, Jonesport, Beals, Roque Bluffs, Columbia, Addison, Harrington, Columbia Falls, and Centerville TWP, among others.
Maine's only District Attorney race took place here in Prosecutorial District 7, which contains both Hancock and Washington County. Official results are not yet in for the race between incumbent two-term Republican Matt Foster and Independent challenger Bob Granger, but the Ellsworth American has called the race for Granger due to his win in the much-larger Hancock County.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 9, the Ellsworth American reports Granger has received 15,932 votes in Hancock County with all precincts reporting, compared to 12,613 for Foster.
Granger also won in two of Washington County’s largest towns, defeating Foster 363 to 332 in Machias, and 339 to 275 in Eastport.
Foster issued a concession statement to the Ellsworth American. “I am thankful to have been able to serve the people of District 7 as district attorney for the past eight years,” Foster said. “Thank you to all those who supported me during my time here. I wish Mr. Granger luck with his new position.”