Democrat flips seat in Maine House in special election

November 3, 2021 GMT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A business owner and Augusta city councilor defeated an Army veteran and volunteer on Tuesday in a race for an open seat in Maine’s House District 86.

Democrat Raegan LaRochelle and Republican James Orr faced off during a special election to fill a seat vacated by former Rep. Justin Fecteau. LaRochelle won the seat with about 56% of the vote.

Fecteau, a Republican, resigned on July 4 in his second term to take a teaching post outside the district.

The race doesn’t affect the balance of power in the House, where Democrats have a wide advantage.