Mazurek, Dickerson, Isganitis win races

The morning after the election has arrived and the local political landscape is clearer.

Frank Isganitis, the owner of the Limerock Inn and president of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce Board, won the seat for the single Rockland City Council.

Isganitis received 1,194 votes compared to 1,026 for incumbent Mayor Brian Harden who was seeking an unprecedented fifth consecutive three-year term on the city council. Dale Hayward finished third with 758 votes.

There was clearly a lot of sentiment in the community that Harden had been in office for too long. That is simply a fact of politics that at some point voters want change. Nearly everyone that runs for public office wants to serve their community and Harden has done that for 12 years.

In the Rockland area District 47 House race, Democrat Elizabeth Dickerson defeated Republican Gordon Mank Jr. with 72 percent of the vote. Dickerson collected 2,558 votes in the district that includes all of Rockland and a part of Owls Head while Mank got 992 votes.

That’s a stunningly large percentage for a first-time legislative candidate.

That race was not much in doubt, however, to many observers because of the controversy over whether Mank lived in Rockland and about his arrest a few years ago for assault.

Dickerson will succeed Democratic Rep. Edward Mazurek of Rockland. She plans to remain on the city council with her term running through November 2014.

And in the closely watched state Senate race for District 22, which covers much of Knox County, Democrat Mazurekwon over incumbent Republican Christopher Rector. Mazurek said he received a telephone call from Rector on Wednesday morning, congratulating him.

Mazurek said that be believes there was some backlash against Rector for his support of some of Gov. LePage’s initiatives. But, he also credited hard work by Democrats. He said it was a hard-fought campaign between two well known and well respected people.

Mazurek won in Rockland (2,057 to 1,173); Camden 1,748 to 1,266; St. George 794 to 711; Owls Head 508 to 428; Rockport 1,066 to 1,012; Vinalhaven 449 to 211; South Thomaston 483 to 377; and North Haven 179 to 54.

Rector won in his hometown of Thomaston 760 to 626, in Warren 1,068 to 772, and in Union 712 to 611. The two candidates tied on Matinicus both with 24 votes. Rector has served six years in the Maine House and has been in the state Senate for four years.

Mazurek has served eight years in the Maine House representing Rockland and part of Owls Head. He had been a mayor of Rockland a retired coach and teacher.

And incumbent Rep. Chuck Kruger will be serving another term in the Maine Houe with wins in Thomaston and St. George for the Maine House District 48 seat. Kruger won in Thomaston 760 to 626, and in St. George won 924 to 558. Collins won in Owls Head 199 to 188.

Rep. Joan Welsh won a third term for Maine House District 46, representing Camden and Rockport. Welsh won 1,141 to 965 in Rockport and 2,039 to 1,017 in Camden.

And with unofficial results, independent Jeffrey Evangelos of Friendship appears to have been elected to the Maine House, succeeding Republican Rep. Wes Richardson did not seek re-election because of term limits. Evangelos won in his hometown 476 to 213 over Republican Bob Carter. Evangelos also won 450 to 317 in Cushing; and in Union 727 to 577. Carter won in his hometown of Warren.

Evangelos had been the target of some nasty outside attack ads but he weathered those to win a seat in Augusta, beginning next month.