When third-term State Representative Charles C. LaVerdiere (D-Wilton) withdrew his candidacy for reelection after the primary in 2002, district Democrats chose Thomas B. Saviello, then an employee of what was then International Paper (in management I believe) to run for the seat. No candidate besides LaVerdiere had filed for the seat, so the Democratic "caucus's" (it's technically a joint municipal committee meeting for the purpose of nominating a replacement candidate but people commonly call such meatings, and those to chose candiates for special elections, caucuses) nomination was tantamount to election, and no write-in candidate filed to run against him (not that that would have been any challenge at all). In his next election in 2004, however, in a slightly changed but still basically the same district, Saviello defeated his Republican opponent by only 56 votes or 1.0%, getting 63.2% in Wilton and 54.8% in next-door Temple but losing every other municipality by 12.4% or more. Whether this had been the case in his first term I'm not sure, but his voting record was visably independent in 2005, and that summer (in July I think) he unenrolled from the Democratic Party. He seemed to quickly affiliate himself with the Republicans and wound up without a Republican opponent in both 2006 (although a Republican initially filed, withdrawing after the primary) and 2008. He got 75.3% in 2006 and 77.4% in 2008 over Democratic challenger Maxine Collins, each time carrying every town in the district with only his margin in Temple being less than 2-1.
Saviello would be termed out of the House in 2010, but today a Thomas Saviello (whose mailing and e-mail address match that of the current state Representative Thomas B. Saviello) [url=http://www.mainecampaignfinance.com/public/report_list.asp?TYPE=CAN&ID=4... today with the Ethics Commission to run for the Senate District 18 seat presently held by 2nd term Republican Walter Gooley (who also served four consecutive the House from 1994 to 2002 before being termed out). Due to Saviello's seemingly cordial relationship with the Republicans since leaving the Democrats in 2005, his candidacy for the Senate alone would seem to indicate that Gooley is not going to seek a third term. But Saviello's party affiliation is listed both in his Candidate Registration and in his [url=http://www.mainecampaignfinance.com/public/entity_summary.asp?TYPE=CAN&I... Summary[/url] (a new feature on the Ethics Commission's public campaign finance information site) as Republican. His [url=http://www.maine.gov/legis/house/hsebios/savitb.htm]House biographical page[/url] still lists his party affiliation as Unenrolled, and I could imagine Saviello waiting until next year to enroll in the Republican primary (he would theoretically have until March 15th (the same day as the filing deadline for Democratic, Republican and Green Independent candidates) to enroll as he is not presently enrolled in any other party (one would have to unenroll from any other party or switch party's by January 1st of the election year, although there's a loophole around committee nominations and if a candidate moves across municipal lines)) so as to minimize the time during this term in which his enrollment is other than what he was elected to it as. But I'm not sure if candidates are expected to list their present enrollment or how they will be running as when they register with the Ethics Commission (it's probably expected that it will be the same). If Saviello has become a Republican, and if not if he does before any Legislator unenrolled from their party or switches to the Greens, this marks or will mark the first time that all Maine Legislators (with the possible exception of the two non-voting tribal representatives whose party affiliation isn't listed on the House web site, at least not in their bio pages) have been either Democrats or Republicans since sometime in the 1992-1994 Legislative biennium when John Michael and another state Represenantative left their party (Michael and I think the other one had been Democrats). There's been at least one Unenrolled member of the House since Belinda Gerry/Murphy (not sure what it was at the time) unenrolled from the Democratic party in January of 1996, just after the Democrats seemed to have saved their House majority after two party defections by winning two special elections the previous November.
Saviello has apparently signed a declaration of intent to run as a Clean Elections candidate, as he has in each of his four elections to the House (unless he ran for the House before 2002, which I'm not aware of him having done but he might have for all I know). I welcome any information/speculation as to what Senator Gooley's plans are and what other candidates (of any party or Unenrolled) might run for the Senate District 18 seat (and also Saviello's House District 90 seat, although the candidates for that seat are more likely to be people I've never heard of).