Thursday, November 6, 2014
AUBURN - In a landslide victory on Tuesday, Eric Brakey defeated incumbent John Cleveland for State Senate by a margin of 59% (10,184 votes) to 41% (7,134 votes) in District 20 (Auburn, New Gloucester, Poland, Minot and Mechanic Falls).
Winning every municipality, Brakey is the first Republican to win a majority of votes in the City of Auburn since R. Peter Whitmore won re-election in 1988 (the year Brakey was born).
Brakey also joins former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe (also under age 30 at the time) as the only Republican to ever win a majority in Auburn against an incumbent Democrat, as she did in her 1976 State Senate victory over Elmer Berry.
“I want to thank the people of Auburn, Poland, Minot, Mechanic Falls, and my family hometown of New Gloucester, for putting their faith in me to represent them in the Maine Senate,” said Brakey.
“Senator John Cleveland reached out to congratulate me. I have always found him to be a class act and a respectable public servant,” said Brakey. “Its unfortunate that the personal smear campaign against me made him look bad. I’m confidant that John Cleveland had nothing to do with the childish antics of Ben Grant and the Maine Democrat Party’s leadership. I would be happy to work with John in the future.”
At age 26, Brakey will be the youngest currently serving member of the Maine Senate.