WATERVILLE — Republican Mark Andre defeated Jacob Imes Tuesday in the Republican primary race in House District 110.

Andre polled 210 votes to Imes’ 203 in the tightly contested race.

Not much is known about Imes’ campaign, as he declined an interview with the Morning Sentinel before the primary.

Andre has run for the seat three times unsuccessfully.

The primary focus of Andre’s campaign has been to lower taxes for homeowners in Waterville by forcing Colby College to pay into the property tax base.

The college’s property value is estimated at $200 million, Andre said in a previous interview, and the college does not pay any taxes to the city. Because of Colby’s nonprofit status, it is exempt from paying taxes.

Andre, 48, said he would push for legislation that would allow municipalities to charge a per-student impact fee to cover the cost of infrastructure for students that board in the community.

Andre will face incumbent Democrat Colleen Madigan in a rematch in November’s general election.

Emily Higginbotham — 861-9239

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Twitter: @EmilyHigg

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