Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, April 5, 2018 and The Weekly Packet, April 5, 2018
Kumiega withdraws from Maine Senate race
by Anne Berleant
Six weeks after announcing his candidacy for the Maine District 7 Senate seat, Rep. Walter Kumiega (D-Deer Isle) confirmed he will not be running.
“I haven’t filed my final report but I have withdrawn from the race,” he said April 2.
Kumiega is currently in his fourth and final term in the House, representing District 134, and may not serve another consecutive term under Maine law.
“We have another great candidate; my friend Louie Luchini decided to run,” Kumiega said. “It’s a great time to take some time off from the legislature.”
Rep. Louie Luchini (D-Ellsworth), in his own final term representing District 132, recently announced his candidacy for the senate seat, currently held by Sen. Brian Langley (R-Ellsworth) who is also termed out.
“I am 100 percent behind Louie Luchini,” Kumiega added.
Kumiega, a carpenter by trade, said spending three to five days a week in Augusta “complicates making a living….I’m happy to take a couple years off, and we’ll see.”
A second candidate will face off against Luchini in the June 12 Democratic primary, Ian Schwartz, a teacher and writer from Mount Desert. The winner will face Rep. Richard Malaby (R-Hancock), who has represented District 136 for four terms, in the general election in November.