Paula Benoit, the Phippsburg Republican running to fill the vacant Senate District 19 seat, received an endorsement from U.S. Sen. Susan Collins on Thursday.
According to a release issued by Benoit’s campaign, Collins touted the candidate’s business savvy:
Paula has been a tremendous leader in the community. … For more than 30 years, Paula owned and operated a successful small business in bath. She understands the challenges small businesses face every day and the value of hard work. Paula doesn’t just talk about job creation; she actually has a proven track record of creating jobs. She will bring her strong independent voice to Augusta to solve problems and not participate in partisan gridlock.
Benoit owned a shop in downtown Bath, and has some legislative experience; She represented Senate District 19 from 2006 to 2008, when she was defeated by Democrat Seth Goodall by just more than 100 votes. Benoit requested a recall in that election, but the numbers stood firm.
Goodall later became Senate Majority Leader in the 126th Legislature, and announced his retirement in June after being appointed by President Barack Obama to the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Benoit is running against Democrat Eloise Vitelli of Arrowsic and Green Independent Daniel Longley Stromgren of Topsham. The special election will be held August 27.