SACO - Former Senator Justin Chenette has won the Primary Election for the District 3 York County Commission seat, to represent the communities of Saco, Old Orchard Beach, Hollis, and Buxton.
Chenette received approx. 83% of the vote, 1,869 votes to his opponent’s 365 votes, winning each municipality in the district.
“Voters sent a clear message that they expect a more transparent, accessible, and accountable county government,” said Chenette. “Together we will bring a more positive era of community-focused leadership to the county commission. I really appreciate voters continued trust in me.”
With no Republican or Independent opposition in the Fall, Chenette is set to take office in January after the General Election Tuesday November 8th.
Below are the results provided by the clerks:
941 to 207
Old Orchard Beach ✓
445 to 75
222 to 25
259 to 58
I’ve known Justin Chenette for over 15 years. I served with Justin when he was a state representative
while I was in the Senate. Justin has the right kind of experience to be our next county commissioner.
With the county jail and the Sheriff’s office under the purview of county commissioners, Justin worked
with county sheriffs all across our state and the County Commissioner’s Association as a member of the
Legislature’s Criminal Justice & Public Safety Committee. There he helped bring stakeholders together to negotiate additional county jail funding for York County, advocated for state funding of our county
addiction treatment program, and fought for criminal justice reform. On the State & Local Government
Committee, Justin worked on issues pertaining to the structure and budgeting process of county
He worked alongside me as a co-sponsor to my bill that brought $65 million in state funding to secure a
new county courthouse for our area. A much-needed upgrade that will ensure better access to justice.
For all the issues that relate to this position, Justin has been there in the fight, advocating for our
community all along. I’m proud to support him in his efforts to continue his public service as our county
commissioner in the Democratic Primary June 14th.
Linda Valentino, Saco
As we enter Pride Month, we have an opportunity to elect our first Millennial and first openly
LGBTQ+ county commissioner here in York County. I’m supporting former Senator Justin
Chenette in the June 14th Democratic Primary. We need to change who we elect to this role.
Justin has been a role model in the legislature for youth and the LGBTQ+ community. He has
co-sponsored legislation to ban the dangerous practice known as conversion therapy and
pushed to increase state funding for our local schools. He also makes youth feel seen and
heard by frequently visiting classrooms to educate around civics and provides annual college
scholarships to future leaders totaling over $7,000 between Saco and OOB.
He is endorsed by the LGBTQ Victory Fund, a national organization dedicated to electing pro-
equality & LGBTQ+ leaders to office, as well as national progressive organizations Roadmap for
Progress and Building Bridges for America.
Representation matters. It is important that we elect leaders that reflect the diversity and values
of our community. Justin will be a strong voice for equality and equity. Having more diverse
individuals elected to office will undoubtedly help yield to better policy outcomes and
engagement for everyone.
The decisions made today will impact Maine’s youth later. It’s time for a new generation of
progressive leadership to have a seat at the table.
Jake Whitney, Saco
Former Senator Justin Chenette is my choice in the June 14th Democratic Primary for County
I’ve seen Justin hustle for 8 years in the legislature, ensuring he was there at just about every
community event possible. And not just attending events, but volunteering as a board member
of Saco Main Street or various other groups he is a part of. He is present and sets up tables so
anyone can talk with him.
Why is that important? It means he is accessible. Justin is the kind of leader who you will see
out putting in the hard work every day, not just around election time. You will know what he is
working on and more importantly how you can participate. Always pitching in to lend a hand and
raising awareness for community needs.
He held over 20 town hall forums as our Senator alone. When was the last time our county
commissioner held one or held any opportunity for the public to connect about the issues?
Justin’s committed to doing monthly office hours.
We need an accessible commissioner who is proactively seeking out your opinion, your voice,
your input in the decision-making process. I want a commissioner who works hard for us
because public service is their passion. I’m voting for Justin Chenette.
Former Senator Justin Chenette is the only candidate in the race for York County Commissioner to be endorsed by the Maine Sierra Club and the only candidate to sign the No Fossil Fuel Pledge, swearing off PAC, lobbyist, and corporate contributions.
Justin served 8 years in the Senate and House and was a member of the Environment & Natural Resources Committee and the Maine Climate Council. He co-sponsored legislation to create a Green New Deal for Maine, a ban on certain polystyrene foam products, a ban on offshore oil drilling, and make water a public right.
County government should be coordinating climate mitigation strategies and use some of the millions in Federal relief to combat coastal erosion. Justin will champion our environment and deliver climate justice. He did it in the legislature and he will do it again as our next county commissioner. Vote June 14th!
Ben Moore, Saco