HD 93’s Dickerson (D-Rockland) Abruptly Resigns; Special Election Will Decide Replacement

Posted on January 15, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

UPDATE: The special election to fill this seat has now been scheduled for March 10.

Rep. Elizabeth Dickerson (D-Rockland) announces resignation: "You are looking at a free woman"

Rep. Elizabeth Dickerson (D-Rockland) announces resignation: “You are looking at a free woman”

Last weekend, Rep. Elizabeth Dickerson (D-Rockland) announced in a late night post to Facebook that “You’re looking at a free woman”, later elaborating that she had resigned her seat from the 127th Legislature.

An official statement was issued the following morning:

“After much thought and deliberation, I am announcing that I will resign the office of State Representative for District 93 this coming week. I am moving out-of-state for professional and personal opportunities that have developed since the election, but it is with a heavy heart that I leave Knox County and the Midcoast region. It has been a privilege to serve the people of Rockland and Owls Head over the last two years. I want to thank the residents of the district for the honor of serving them in Augusta. I look forward to helping during this transition time and I thank everybody for allowing to me to serve our communities.”

Dickerson elaborated in a much longer and detailed post on her website, explaining that she had moved to Colorado in December and expanding on her decision.

DSC_0171While her colleagues in the House and Democratic leadership wished Dickerson well, House Minority Leader Rep. Ken Fredette (R-Newport) immediately took a different tack:

“I wish Representative Dickerson all the best in her future endeavors. Her resignation presents an opportunity for Republicans to gain another seat in the Maine House, adding to the gains we made in November. We’re looking forward to the special election so we can make our case to the good people of House District 93 and we are confident that our common sense message will resonate with them.”

A number of potential candidates have now expressed interest in filling the seat, with more anticipated to throw their hats into the ring:

      1. Regional School Unit 13 Board Chairman Steve Roberts (D)

 

      2. RSU 13 Board member Carol Bachofner (D)

 

      3. Veteran retired educator Ralph Newbert (D)

 

    4. James Kalloch (R), who lost to Dickerson by 3% last November

The Maine Green Independent Party has also stated that they intend to recruit a candidate, but no names of those under consideration have yet been released.

The next steps include Governor LePage to call for a special election, which per the Secretary of State’s office, could take a few months to hold. The parties will be conducting caucuses to select their candidate.

      (§382.

REPRESENTATIVE TO LEGISLATURE

      When there is a vacancy in the office of Representative to the Legislature, the municipal officers of any

 

      municipality affected by the vacancy may inform the Governor if there is a need to fill the vacancy before

 

      the next general election, and the Governor shall issue a proclamation declaring the vacancy and ordering a

 

      special election under section 366. [1985, c. 161, §6 (NEW).]

1. Nominees chosen. The Governor shall order the appropriate political committees to meet and
shall set the deadline for choosing nominees, which may not be less than 15 days following the Governor’s
proclamation declaring a vacancy. The committees shall follow the procedure outlined in section 363.
[ 2011, c. 409, §2 (AMD) .]

SECTION HISTORY

1985, c. 161, §6 (NEW). 1997, c. 436, §57 (AMD). 2011, c. 409, §2
(AMD).)

Late today, the increasingly antsy Fredette once again spoke out publicly about Dickerson’s resignation:

Resignation letter of HD 93 Rep. Elizabeth Dickerson (D-Rockland) addressed to Speaker Mark Eves (D-N Berwick)

Resignation letter of HD 93 Rep. Elizabeth Dickerson (D-Rockland) addressed to Speaker Mark Eves (D-N Berwick)

      It’s been five days since Rep. Elizabeth Dickerson decided she no longer wanted to represent the people of Rockland and Owls Head in the Maine House of Representatives.

Despite the fact Rep. Dickerson announced her plans to resign on Facebook and in a media release, as of Thursday afternoon, she had yet to submit her formal letter of resignation to the Secretary of State. House Republicans want to know why she has not formally stepped down. According to the Bangor Daily News, there are now three people who are interested in representing the people of House District 93.

“The people of Rockland and Owls Head deserve proper representation in the Maine House,” said House Republican Leader Ken Fredette. “We want to know why, if Rep. Dickerson truly wants to give up her seat, she has yet to formally resign? There are people ready and willing to step in and do the job. What’s the delay?”

Dickerson responded by sharing a photo of herself with the letter and an envelope addressed to Speaker of the House Rep. Mark Eves. One hopes that this will be sufficient to calm Rep. Fredette down.

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