Ben Grant re-elected Democratic Party chair

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Ben Grant

Ben Grant, who became chairman of the Maine Democratic Party two years ago and led the party’s successful 2012 campaign to recapture control of the Maine Legislature, will serve another two years as party head.

The Maine Democratic State Committee on Sunday re-elected Grant as chairman, according to a Democratic Party news release. Grant was unopposed.

The party also elected Pam Fenrich of Falmouth as vice chair, Heidi Brooks of Lewiston as secretary, Betty Johnson of Lincolnville as treasurer and Roy Gedat of Norway as vice treasurer.

Grant, who replaced John Knutson as party chairman two years ago, took over the Democratic Party after it lost control of both chambers of the Legislature and the governor’s office during the 2010 election.

While the party recaptured majorities in both the state House and Senate in 2012, the Democrats’ nominee for Maine’s open U.S. Senate seat, former state Sen. Cynthia Dill, placed third, behind independent Angus King and Republican Charlie Summers. That was the second consecutive statewide election in which the Democratic nominee placed third, following the 2010 gubernatorial race in which Democratic Libby Mitchell garnered less than 20 percent of the vote.

Grant has pledged that the Maine Democratic Party will recruit a strong candidate for governor next year and is calling independent Eliot Cutler a potential spoiler in what could shape up as a three-way contest with Cutler, Republican Gov. Paul LePage and a Democrat. And it’s looking increasingly likely that former Democratic Gov. John Baldacci will make a run for his party’s nomination.

Grant is a lawyer who practices workers’ compensation law with the Topsham law firm McTeague Higbee.