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Incumbents rule during Nov. 6 vote
REGION -- It was a good day to be an incumbent on Nov. 6 if you were a representative for state senator.
Incumbent Democrat John Patrick won a three-way race to hold onto his seat for Senate District 14.
Patrick received 8,929 votes to finish ahead of his rivals. Republican Harvey Calden of Jay had 5,040 votes and independent Leonard Greaney of Rumford received 2,080.
Democratic incumbent Matthew Peterson of Rumford coasted to re-election in House District 92.
Peterson received 2,900 votes to outdistance challenger Thomas Skolfield, who finished with 1,049.
Democratic incumbent Sheryl Briggs of Mexico earned a fourth term in House District 93 with a 94-vote victory over challenger Lisa Keim.
Briggs received 2,111 votes to 2,017 for Keim.
Dave Duguay, I-Byron, won re-election as Oxford County District 2 commissioner, defeating challenger Jane Rich, D-Andover, by 5,954 to 2,708.
Former Selectman Norine Clarke defeated challenger Norman Mitchell for a seat on the Dixfield Board of Selectmen by a vote of 713-506.
Selectmen have been operating with a four-person board that has often split on a variety of issues since former Selectman Katherine Harvey resigned several months ago.
Clarke will fill the remainder of Harvey's term, which expires next June.
Clarke and former Selectman Steve Donahue drafted a wind energy ordinance that residents also approved by a vote of 651-622.
Jennifer Dilworth has won the race for Oxford County Register of Probate in a 14,207 to 12,567 tally against her opponent, Carol Gutenkunst.
Dilworth won most of the larger towns in Oxford County, including Norway with 1,237 votes to Gutekunst's 1,114 votes. In Paris, Dilworth received 1,252 to her opponent's 1,070. Oxford gave Dilworth a 1,122-764 edge. Bethel gave Dilworth 729 votes and her opponent 671 votes. Otisfield favored Dilworth 546-347, as did Otisfield at 546-347.
But Gutenkunst tallied higher numbers in Rumford receiving 1,287 votes to Dilworth’s 1,237 votes, and also in Fryeburg where she received 735 to Dilworth’s 717 votes.