In Senate District 16, Karen Kusiak defeated Steve Russell in the Democratic primary.

Unoffocial results late Tuesday night, which did not include Winslow or part of Unity that are in Senate District 16, showed Kusiak won, 1,739 to 587.

Kusiak, 65, an outgoing assistant professor at Colby College, has also served in the Maine House of Representatives and on the board of directors for School Administrative District 49. She currently serves on the board of the Maine Academy of Natural Sciences at Good Will-Hinckley.

Kusiak said she was running because she had a long history of public service, both as an elected official and as a citizen lobbyist. She said district residents are concerned about their taxes, as well as revenue sharing and the state’s supposed commitment to funding 55 percent of Essential Programs and Services funding

Kusiak will now take on Republican Sen. Scott Cyrway in the November election. Cyrway, who lives in Benton, was not challenged for the Republican nomination, and has been in the Senate for four years.

Senate District 16 covers various parts of Kennebec County, including portions of Waterville, as well as the towns of Fairfield, Winslow, Clinton and Albion, and a portion of Unity.

Colin Ellis — 861-9253

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