Maine judicial elections, 2010
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The Maine judicial elections of 2010 consisted of a primary election on June 8, 2010 and a general election on November 2, 2010. Only the 16 judges of the Maine Probate Courts are elected in partisan elections. These courts fall under the jurisdiction of the counties, not the state court system.
As specified in the Maine Constitution, newly elected judges for the probate court begin serving their term in January of the year after they are elected. They serve a term of four years, which expires on December 31.
In all Maine's other courts, judges are nominated by the governor and confirmed by the senate.
Five probate justices ran unopposed for re-election in 2010. They were:
- Cumberland County, Joseph Mazziotti
- Franklin County, Richard M. Morton
- Hancock County, James E. Patterson
- Kennebec County, James E. Mitchell
- Washington County, Lyman L. Holmes
There were 3 contested races: