Lisbon GOP plans to back a successor for Gina Mason next week

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LISBON — Lisbon Republicans plan Tuesday to choose a candidate to fill the state House seat left by the sudden death of Rep. Gina Crafts Mason this month.

Her son, Sen. Garrett Mason, R-Lisbon, said last week that his father, Rick Mason, is going to run to replace her.

There will be a special election in Lisbon on Nov. 7 to fill the vacancy in the 56th District.

Gina Mason was a well-known figure in town and was serving her first term when she died Sept. 5, just before her son planned to declare his intention to run for governor. That announcement has been delayed.

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Maine’s four political parties – Democrats, Greens, Libertarians and Republicans – have until Oct. 3 to tell the secretary of state if they nominated a candidate in the race. Non-party candidates can circulate petitions that are due the same day, after first having the signatures they gathered certified by the town.

Whoever is elected in November will fill out the remaining year of Mason’s term.

The GOP committee is slated to meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, in room 10 at the MTM Community Center.

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