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Originally published in Castine Patriot, November 10, 2022 and Island Ad-Vantages, November 10, 2022 and The Weekly Packet, November 10, 2022
Area voters turn out big for midterm elections
Results lean blue and female in key races

by Maggie White

With data reported from nine of 10 Penobscot Bay Press coverage towns, a whopping 80 percent of registered voters turned out to cast ballots in Tuesday’s midterm elections.

Given this high turnout, State Senate District 7 front-runner Nicole Grohoski’s (D) pledge, “We’re all in this together,” has particular resonance. Grohoski is emblematic of local results as a whole: projected victors skewed blue and female (with some races not declared as of press time).

Coverage town results show representative seats in House Districts 15 and 16 went to Nina Milliken (D) over Stephen Hanrahan (R) and Holly Eaton (D) over Jason Joyce (R).

Women are representing Castine in new ways as two incumbents cede their seats on both the school board and select board. School board chair Jacob Simmons was bested by Johannah Barrett while Roberta Boczkiewicz emerged victorious over Selectman Peter Vogell, who has been on the board for decades, according to results from the town of Castine.

As of press time, House Representative incumbent Jared Golden (D) is poised to win over Bruce Poliquin (R), though the official results will be based on ranked choice and could be several days out.

Uncontested seats included Hancock County Commissioner, Treasurer, Judge of Probate, Register of Deeds and Sheriff. In another key run-off, challenger Robert Granger (I) received roughly two-thirds of the votes from area towns over District Attorney Matthew Foster (R).

As for the governor: “Tonight, Maine people sent a clear message. We will continue to move forward, and won’t go back. We will continue to fight problems, and not one another. This night belongs to all of us. Thank you, Maine! I love you!” So read a late election night tweet from incumbent Gov. Janet Mills who won the area towns’ majority vote at 64 percent to defeat Republican opposition Paul LePage.

It should be noted that all results are unofficial until certified by the Maine Secretary of State.

For area election results, see the chart on page 10, which reflects the outcomes from our coverage towns.