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Voters wait in line in the gymnasium of Brunswick, Maine, Junior High School to receive ballots Nov. 6, 2018.

A special election is scheduled to be held March 3 in Maine's 128th District, the same day as the presidential primary, to fill the House seat left vacant by the death of Arthur "Archie" C. Verow, D-Brewer.

In accordance with election law, Brewer municipal officials informed the governor’s office of the need to fill the vacancy in advance of the next general election. Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap signed the vacancy proclamation last week to announce the special election.

The state’s three political parties – Democrats, Green Independents, and Republicans – will caucus to choose their candidates. Nominations must be submitted to the Secretary of State’s office by 5 p.m. Jan. 23.

Non-party candidates must get petitions with the signatures from at least 50 registered voters in the district, and have the signatures certified by the municipal clerks. The petitions also are due by the Jan. 23 deadline.

Verow, 77, who was serving his third term, died Dec. 19. He was a member of the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government.

“Archie was a passionate public servant who dedicated much of his life to the people of Brewer and the State of Maine, serving on Brewer’s City Council, as Mayor, and in the State Legislature,” Gov. Janet Mills said in a statement.

Before being elected to the House, Verow served at the municipal level for the city of Brewer, including two terms as mayor.

“I knew and worked with Archie for almost four decades,” Brewer City Manager Stephen Bost said in a statement posted on newscentermaine.com. "He left an incredibly positive mark on our community, the quintessential public servant. He served for 40 years as City Clerk, went on to serve on the Brewer Council as Mayor, and then to the Maine Legislature."

The winner of the special election will serve out the rest of Verow’s two-year term, through December 2020.