Down East 2013 ©
Democratic State Representative Michael Willette of District 5 in Presque Isle switched parties Friday, increasing the Republicans' majority in the House. Pending recounts, this will bring the GOP total to 78, with 72 Democrats and one unenrolled member. The move wasn't entirely unexpected. Willette's son Alexender ran successfully as a Republican in District 7 this election and Michael Willette had one of the most conservative voting histories among House democrats during the 124th Legislature.