KITTERY, Maine — Incumbent Democrat Deane Rykerson will return to the State House for another term.
Rykerson beat his House District 1 opponent Andrew Howard, a Green Party candidate, 2,902 to 1,234 in Tuesday's midterm election. House District 1 represents part of Kittery.
Rykerson, first elected in 2012, is currently serving his third term in the House of Representatives, and is a member of the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee and the Government Oversight Committee. He moved to Kittery Point in 2002, and works as an architect.
Rykerson has focused on clean energy issues, and recently joined with other elected officials in a boycott of the Kittery Trading Post for not addressing its sales of semi-automatic firearms during a time of rampant mass shootings. He was behind penning a letter to the business asking for a response to the issue.
He said Medicaid expansion would bring in federal dollars that Mainers pay in taxes, and it would be a “huge net gain for the state.”
Rykerson said he intends to submit another bill for a local sales tax option on marijuana, if voters decide they want retail operations in Kittery.
When reached for comment Tuesday night, Rykerson said, "I am proud of our Kittery community who joined so many Americans standing against hate and fear. I will continue to represent our community in Augusta supporting justice, opportunity and the preservation of our environment."