YORK, Maine — Democratic state Rep. Lydia Blume coasted to victory Tuesday night, winning a third term to House District 3, which encompasses most of York. Democratic incumbent Patricia Hymanson won in House District 4 race.
The House District 3 race has been highly visible, with Republican newcomer Allyson Cavaretta vying for the Blume’s seat. But in the end, Blume garnered the most votes, with 3,251 to Cavaretta’s 2,160.
“I am very gratified that people of York had so much faith in me,” she said. “I’m so honored to be representing this town and so glad people of York believed in me. I’m very, very happy. I’m looking forward to getting back to work tomorrow.”
Blume is a member of the Marine Resources Committee and formed the Coastal Caucus, a bipartisan group of legislators who work on coastal issues such as sea level rise. She was also a member of the Joint Select Committee on Marijuana Legalization and Implementation. Its work has resulted in legislative passage of a bill governing retail and wholesale operations in Maine.
Cavaretta is the general manager of the Meadowmere Resort in Ogunquit, and has made helping small businesses the cornerstone of her campaign. She currently serves on the board of the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, and has received a Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence.
Both candidates were seen often in York throughout the campaign, and also launched social media and other campaign efforts.
In House District 4, which includes Ogunquit, and parts of York, Wells and Sanford, Hymanson received 2,884 votes to Moulton's 2,058.
In York, Hymanson received 1,394 votes to Moulton’s 912; in Ogunquit, the vote was 579 for her and 257 for him; and in Wells, Hymanson received 261 votes to Moulton's 231. Moulton took Sanford, getting 658 votes to Hymanson's 650.
Hymanson, who will serve her third term, is currently the House chair of the Health and Human Services Committee. She was named as an opiate policy fellow this year with the National Conference of State Legislators and is currently on the board of Portsmouth Regional Hospital.
A retired neurologist, she has championed Medicaid expansion, creation of a cabinet-level task force on opiate addiction, and an opioid prescription monitoring program.
Moulton won this district, or a previous version of it, in 2004-06 and again in 2012. A lifelong resident of York, he has been a practicing attorney in Ogunquit for the past 30 years. He has served on the Ogunquit Playhouse Foundation, the York Land Trust and the York County Child Abuse Prevention Council.