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GOP State House candidate drops out of race, switches parties

Jason Lavoie was aiming to take the seat of Democrat Heidi Brooks. (WGME)

LEWISTON (WGME) – A former Republican State House candidate is speaking out after dropping out of the 61st district race in Lewiston, and switching to the Democratic Party.

Jason Lavoie was aiming to take the seat of Democrat Heidi Brooks.

He says he is switching parties because he is increasingly frustrated by the way GOP leaders victimize the poor.

"I really believe that they are more for the rich than they are for the regular everyday folk, and I just think the disabled have rights and the people have basic rights, equality under the law," Lavoie said.

Republicans now have an opportunity to name a new candidate for the 61st district seat at the State House.

Independent Luke Jensen and Green Independent Kimberly Pfusch are also in the race for the 61st district.

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