AUGUSTA, Maine — The special election to fill the vacant District 32 seat in the Maine Senate has been set for Tuesday, March 29.

The seat, which covers Biddeford, Alfred, Arundel, Dayton, Kennebunkport and Lyman, was held by Democrat David Dutremble, who resigned on Jan. 28 so he can pursue treatment for alcoholism.

Maine’s three political parties will caucus to choose candidates for the seat. Nominations are due to the secretary of state’s office by the end of the business day on Feb. 16. Any interested non-party candidates must collect signatures from at least 200 registered voters in Senate District 32. The deadline for those petitions, the signatures on which much be precertified, is also Feb. 16.

Write-in candidates must declare their candidacy by Feb. 23 and can obtain the necessary paperwork from the Secretary of State Elections Division.

The candidate elected in the special election will serve out the remainder of Dutremble’s term, which expires this year.

One candidate, Democrat Susan Deschambault, has already expressed interest in running in the special election. Two others, Democrat Joanne Twomey and Republican Stephen Paul Martin, had previously filed paperwork to run for the seat in the general election.

Christopher Cousins

Christopher Cousins has worked as a journalist in Maine for more than 15 years and covered state government for numerous media organizations before joining the Bangor Daily News in 2009.