Democratic State Committee members elected a new chairman Sunday.
They picked Hancock County party leader John Knutson of Brooklin
to assume leadership of the state organization. Knutson, a retired businessman, defeated Eric Mehnert of Orono, a lawyer who unsuccessfully sought the party’s U.S. Senate nomination last year.
Knutson succeeds Ben Dudley, a former legislator from Portland
who recently announced he would be stepping down as chairman.