Anne-Marie Mastraccio will not seek a second term as Mayor of Sanford, instead opting to run on the Democratic ticket for the District 142 State Representative seat in the November 8 general election. District 142 covers a large part of the east side of Sanford, bordered by Railroad Ave. on the north and Route 4 on the south. She will face Republican Pamela Buck.
All the state legislature districts were redrawn and renumbered this year. What is now District 142 covers most of the former District 18 that was most recently represented by John Tuttle. Mayor Mastraccio represented District 18 from 2013-2020.
Joe Hanslip ran in the June 14 Democratic primary for the District 142 seat, but later withdrew, saying it was not the right time for him to run. He told the Portland Press Herald that his decision had nothing to do with a ruling handed down by the State Attorney General last month that state appointees cannot run for statewide political office. Mr. Hanslip is a member of Maine’s Gambling Control Board.
Mayor Mastraccio was selected as the replacement candidate at a caucus of Sanford/Springvale Democrats on July 21. There were no other nominations. She told the Sanford Springvale News that she does not expect to run for a seat on the City Council either, as she will want to give her full attention to the position of State Representative if elected.
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