2017-11-08 / Local

Rick Mason wins late wife’s Maine House seat

BY DARCIE MOORE
Times Record Staff

LISBON

Republican Rick Mason won his late wife’s House District 56 seat in Lisbon Tuesday by more than a 300-vote margin.

Mason won 1,180 votes and Democrat Scott Gaiason got 868 votes. Gaiason was the Democrat’s candidate who ran for the seat in 2016.

Mason said Tuesday’s victory was bittersweet for him. His wife of 38 years, Gina Mason, won the seat in November 2016, but died unexpectedly on Sept. 5, leaving the unexpired term vacant. The two were high school sweethearts.

They were also one when it came to their political beliefs and Mason plans to continue to work on the issues his wife was tackling — issues the two of them had talked about many times.

The couple had discussed Mason running for the seat when Gina’s term expired. However, Rick Mason stressed that the decision to run to represent HD 56 was not one he took lightly.

Mason owns a construction company that he ran with Gina and says with good employees on board, he will have time to represent Lisbon in the House.

Politics have always been a part of the Mason family. His wife played a pivotal role in the town, serving on the Town Council, School Committee and planning the Moxie Parade. His son, Garrett, has served in the State Senate and is running for governor.

Mason said that, as small business owners, they know the challenges of owning a small business in Maine where he said the business climate is not friendly. At some point you have to stop complaining and step up, Mason said.

It looks like he faces a busy schedule in the Legislature but said he is excited. He appreciated getting a call from the speaker of the house congratulating him.

Mason repeatedly thanked the people of Lisbon for supporting him, and not only at the polls Tuesday. Ever since Gina Mason died in early September, there has been an outpouring of love and support from the town. People still drop off dinners at his door.

Mason said he hopes to continue in the Legislature after finishing this term. He plans to do what’s best for Lisbon and for Maine.

dmoore@timesrecord.com

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