10/11/18, Maine First Media Staff Report,
This week, Maine First Media is taking individual looks at some of the most competitive State House races in the Pine Tree State.
While focusing on the gubernatorial race and federal contests — it is important not to overlook these legislative battles.
Control of the Coliseum on the Kennebec is up for grabs November 6th.
Currently, Democrats hold a 73-70 advantage over the GOP in the House.
Meanwhile, Republicans hold a single vote majority in the State Senate, and there are races that are too close to call.
House District 5: O’Connor vs. Galemmo
Republican Rep. Beth O’Connor is one of the most Maine-first members of the entire State House.
She’s been particularly strong on fighting to lower energy costs for Mainers.
Unfortunately, she lives in a swing district. The Berwick seat seems to flow strongly with the national mood in politics.
In 2010, Rep. O’Connor rode the red wave to a 15-point victory. However, the next cycle, during Barack Obama’s re-election, she was up-ended by Democrat Joshua Plante, losing by 3-points.
O’Connor would go on to take the seat back during the 2014 Midterms, which once again favored Republicans nationwide. And in 2016, she disposed of Plante by just 4-points — less than 200 votes separated the two.
However, President Donald Trump was able to win about 57% of the vote in the district in 2016.
Now O’Connor has a new challenger, Democrat Charles Galemmo. And there’s a Leftist-independent in the race as well, Noah Cobb.
O’Connor says she’s ready to continue her efforts to put Mainers first.
“It is an honor an a privilege to serve the people of House District 5,” O’Connor said. “When I was first elected and each time after I took a sworn oath to uphold the Constitution of Maine and the United States of America. I promise to uphold that oath. I have also pledged not to raise any new taxes that place undue burdens on our citizens and harm the economic well being of our state. I will continue to honor that pledge. I hope to win my election and continue to be a voice of reason in an ever-increasing hostile environment regardless of how difficult it may be.”
O’Connor should be able to win re-election, but Democrats would love to get rid of her out-spoken conservative presence at the Swamp of Augusta. It would be a massive loss to the Maine First Movement if O’Connor were to lose this November.