LEWISTON — City Republicans selected Melissa Willette at a caucus Wednesday to replace Ronald Chicoine on the Androscoggin County Commission.

Chicoine, the former commission chairman, resigned last month after he put his house up for sale.

Willette is no stranger to county government. The current senior legislative aide for Maine House Republicans, Willette served as register of deeds for the southern portion of Aroostook County from 2012-14.

A graduate of Lewiston High School and the University of Maine at Farmington, Willette relocated to Lewiston with her husband, Alex. He’s a former assistant minority leader in the Maine House and currently one of Maine’s two national committeemen on the Republican National Committee.

According to the county charter, Willette will serve until the next general election, when voters will select someone to complete the remainder of Chicoine’s term, which ends Dec. 31, 2018.

Willette’s selection by the GOP caucus is expected to be ratified at the commissioners’ next meeting Wednesday, Dec. 14.

With the addition of Willette, four of the seven commissioners will be rookies after Isaiah Lary, Noel Madore and Zakk Maher, who were elected last month, take the oath in January. The remaining three commissioners are Sally Christner, Alfreda Fournier and Matthew Roy.


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