Mark Holbrook

Republican Candidate Mark Holbrook is one of two challengers seeking to unseat incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree in Maine’s 1st District. Maine Calling Host Jennifer Rooks asked Holbrook what issue he believes is most on the minds of Maine people in this election.

Your Vote Candidate Interviews: Mark Holbrook and Angus King

Oct 12, 2018
Maine Public

Maine Calling speaks with the candidates as part of Maine Public’s Your Vote 2018 coverage.

Marty Grohman

Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage has come out in support of a candidate in the 1st Congressional District race, and it's not the GOP candidate.

LePage said Tuesday that Democrat-turned-independent Marty Grohman "is what Maine needs." He called him a "good man" who's in politics "for the right reasons."

Grohman, a state lawmaker and businessman from Biddeford, hopes to unseat Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree. Also in the race is GOP candidate Mark Holbrook, of Brunswick.

Democrats wasted no time in responding to the governor's comment.

Mark Holbrook

Oct 24, 2016

Part of our Your Vote 2016 series: 

Mark Holbrook is the Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives for Maine's First Congressional District.


Mark Holbrook holds a PhD in clinical psychology; he has worked as a police officer, teacher, lobsterman, volunteer fireman and commercial diver.

Holbrook was a candidate for Maine House District 50 (2014) and secretary and chairman of the Brunswick Republican Town Committee.

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The polls closed at 8 p.m. Tuesday, but the question of who will represent Republicans this fall against incumbent U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree remains open.

Mark Holbrook is currently the unofficial winner of the GOP 1st District primary, with a 55-vote edge over Ande Allen Smith. But at a State House press conference Friday, Smith told reporters that he has asked the Maine secretary of state for a recount. A final determination in the race could be weeks away.

Mark Holbrook, a conservative professional counselor from Brunswick, has emerged as the apparent winner in Maine’s 1st District Republican primary, securing his party’s nomination by a mere 55 votes.

Holbrook says he was notified of his unofficial victory Thursday evening by Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap.

“They called at ten minutes of five and explained that all of the results were in and that they had certified them and the official number was that I had won by 55 votes,” he says.

Holbrook credited his staff with propelling him across the finish line.

AUGUSTA, Maine - With nearly all the votes counted, Maine 1st District Republican primary candidate Ande Smith is only a few dozen votes behind rival Mark Holbrook, out of the nearly 21,000 votes cast in the race.

Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap says that makes it one of the closest congressional primaries in recent state history, but says his office is ready for a recount should one be requested.

PORTLAND, Maine - A recount is likely as the only congressional primary on the Maine ballot remains too close to call.
The Associated Press has declined to declare a victor in the race between Republicans Ande Smith of North Yarmouth and Mark Holbrook of Brunswick. They're competing for the opportunity to face Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree on the November ballot.