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By Christopher Cousins, BDN Staff
June 8, 2018 2:30 pm

When it comes to elections, Mark Dion has a history of taking risks.

In 2010, after eight years as Cumberland County sheriff, Dion gave up the position to run for the Maine House, and won the seat by 20 percentage points over his Republican opponent.

In 2016, even though another House term was possible under Maine’s term limits law, Dion ran for the Maine Senate and trounced the opposition with 71 percent of the vote.

Now, Dion is vacating a Senate seat that could be as safely his as any seat in the Legislature so he can run for governor in a field of seven Democrats vying for the nomination. Indicators about how the race is going — mostly fundraising totals and the one public poll released last month — say Dion is not among the leaders, meaning his 20-year run as an elected public servant is at serious risk.

“Yes, I gave up a safe Senate seat, but safe doesn’t get you or your ideas anywhere,” said Dion recently during an

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