District 19 race set

Posted Wednesday, July 24, 2013 in News

by Gina Hamilton

BATH -- With the election of Paula Benoit of Phippsburg in the Sagadahoc GOP caucus on Tuesday evening, the District 19 race is now settled.  Benoit will face Eloise Vitelli of Arrowsic, who was elected by the Democratic delegates on Monday night, and Green Independent candidate Daniel Stromgren of Topsham.

Eloise Vitelli

The election was necessitated by the resignation of Sen. Seth Goodall, D-Richmond, who left the post to accept the position of regional administrator for the Small Business Administration.  When it was clear that Seth Berry, D-Bowdoinham, would not run for the seat, Eloise Vitelli stepped forward to run on the Democratic side.  She was quickly joined by David Sinclair, who serves on the Bath City Council in Ward 6, and Will Neilson, who serves on the Arrowsic Planning Board and runs Solo Bistro, a restaurant in Bath.

Paula Benoit

Paula Benoit joined the race on the Republican side, and appeared to be running unopposed, but a surprise floor challenge during the GOP caucus on Tuesday brought another Republican candidate forward.  Guy Lebida, R-Bowdoin, ran unsuccessfully for Sagadahoc County Commissioner in 2012.  Benoit won the caucus, however, 58-11.

Daniel Stromgren

Daniel Stromgren was selected last week during the Green Independent caucus in Topsham.  He is a social worker, and considers himself a "conservative" green, balancing the needs of business against the needs of the environment.

The special election which will seat the new senator will take place on August 27.

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