2012-06-07 / Front Page

The results are in!

York County residents elect candidates in primary election
By Marc Filippino
Staff Writer

The votes are in and it seems that York County residents are favoring the old over the new, as several Democratic incumbents won their primary race in the June 12 elections.

In House District 137, which makes up parts of Biddeford and Kennebunkport, Rep. Alan Casavant defeated District 4 Sen. Nancy Sullivan by more than 150 votes. 

“I’m absolutely thrilled,” said Casavant, who is also mayor of Biddeford. “I’m glad the people of Biddeford and Kennebunkport have recognized that I’ve been working hard for a number of years and that I continue to do both jobs effectively.”

Casavant received 485 votes, while Sullivan received 316 votes. Casavant will face Republican candidate William Guay of Kennebunkport during the November elections. 

Sullivan, who will be termed out of the state Senate this year, took the defeat in stride, but said through social media that she was disappointed in the number of voters who showed up to the polls. 

 “The campaign is over,” Sullivan said on her Facebook page. “And I extend my sincere Congratulations to Alan Casavant. Thank you to my supporters. And thank you to all who voted today no matter for whom you voted. You are the real heroes because you make democracy work. The really sad part is how few people statewide participated.”

In House District 135, which makes up the northwest part of Biddeford, residents voted 78-year-old Paulette Beaudoin back in as the Democratic state representative. Beaudoin is seeking her fourth two-year term and defeated former Biddeford Mayor Joanne Twomey 449 to 325 votes. She will face off against Republican Perry Aberle in the November election. 

In District 136, candidate and Biddeford Ward 5 Councilor Bob Mills failed to reach 100 votes, as incumbent candidate Megan Rochelo won the votes of downtown Biddeford voters. Rochelo, who defeated Mills 324 to 99, will now face Republican candidate Lucille Rowe in the Republican election.

“I am honored and pleased to have received such strong support from the
voters in House District 136,” Rochelo said in an emailed statement. “I look forward to continuing to represent the people of Biddeford and the opportunity to meet and
hear from more people as I continue my campaign in the general

One of the few races in the Saco Bay area that a saw a complete candidate list of all challengers, was House District 132 in Old Orchard Beach. The Democratic primary had four new Democratic candidates fighting for the position, which is currently held by George Hogan, who is term limited this year.

In the end, Roxanne Frenette led the pack with 232 votes – 102 more than her closest challenger Cris Edwards who had 130. Pierre Bouthiller totaled 124 votes and Gregory Kidd finished with 75.

Frenette will face off against Republican candidate and Old Orchard Beach Town Councilor Sharri MacDonald in the November election.

Saco welcomed another fresh face, by electing 21-year-old Justin Chenette. Chenette captured 543 votes to beat Sonya Lundh-Gay for House District 134, and will run against Republic candidate Marie Doucette, who is also a member of Saco’s City Council.  

In State Senate District 5 Linda Valentino beat Don Pilon by almost 1000 votes as she took the primary 1,730 votes to Pilon's 875. She will face Republican candidate Tim Sevigny in November who ran unopposed in the primary. 

Staff Writer Marc Filippino can be reached at 282-4337 ext. 213. 


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