Maine Senate leader’s mom running for House seat

Among the more interesting dynamics between the House and Senate next year could be a familial one, and not a political one.

That’s if all goes as planned for the Mason family of Lisbon, which is already represented by third-term Republican Sen. Garrett Mason,who is the Senate majority leader. Now, Mason’s mother, Gina Mason of Lisbon, has declared a run for the Lisbon-area House District 56 seat, which is currently held by Republican Rep. Dale Crafts.

Crafts, who is Gina Mason’s cousin, is termed limited out of office. He is listed as Gina Mason’s treasurer on her registration paperwork for the Maine Ethics Commission.

Though this is her first stab at campaigning for the Legislature, Mason is not a newcomer to politics. She served on the Lisbon Town Council for seven years and is currently on the local school board. She has also been involved for years on the Androscoggin county and state Republican committees.

Arguably as importantly, she has been chairwoman of the Lisbon Moxie Parade.

She said she is proud of her son’s work in Augusta and wants to follow in his footsteps, even though in a way his are following hers.

“We’ve always been a very tight-knit family,” she said on Monday. “The kids have all been taught to represent what they believe in and that’s what our family has done.”

If Gina wins and Garrett is re-elected, it could set up an interesting situation in 2018, when Garrett Mason is term limited out of office: Could Gina run for Garrett’s Senate seat and Garrett run for his mother’s House seat?

Who knows, but conversations at the 2018 Mason family reunion (if they have one) will be interesting either way.



Christopher Cousins

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Christopher Cousins has worked as a journalist in Maine for more than 15 years and covered state government for numerous media organizations before joining the Bangor Daily News in 2009.