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Maine House Republicans Pick Fredette as Leader
11/14/2012 03:04 PM ET  

Rep. Kenneth Fredette of Newport, who's beginning his second term, defeated two other candidates for the minority leader's post this afternoon.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ The Maine House Republicans have chosen Rep. Kenneth Fredette of Newport as their floor leader for the new two-year session.

Fredette, who's beginning his second term, defeated two other candidates for the minority leader's post Wednesday afternoon. Rep. Robert Nutting of Oakland, who was House speaker for the last two years, and Rep. Paul Davis of Sangerville also sought the job. Fredette was elected on the second balloting.

Three Republicans are in the race for assistant floor leader: Reps. Deborah Sanderson of Chelsea, Alex Willette of Mapleton, and Jeff Timberlake of Turner.

Democrats elected their House and Senate leaders Tuesday. They nominated Rep. Mark Eves of North Berwick to be speaker for the 2013-14 session, virtually assuring his election when the full House convenes Dec. 5.


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