In County Commission District 1, which includes Amherst, Aurora, Blue Hill, Fletcher’s Landing, Eastbrook, Ellsworth, Gouldsboro, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis, Sorrento, Waltham, Sullivan, Surry, Waltham and Winter Harbor, along with multiple unorganized territories, Republican Bill Clark is running against Democrat Susan Walsh. Both are Ellsworth residents.
Name: Bill Clark
Present employment: Retired
Highest level of education completed: Graduate of Sumner Memorial High School, took classes at University of Maine
Previous elected public office(s): Hancock County sheriff for 34 years
I am presently retired after serving 34 years as the Hancock County sheriff and, if elected, I will be the only person in recent memory who has served as a department manager for such a long period of time who went on to become a county commissioner.
My extensive knowledge of county government and my excellent working relationship with the existing county employees and department heads will serve the county well.
My immediate goals, if elected, are to promote sound financial policies, embrace a county administration system and to conduct county business in a more transparent manner, always adhering to Maine’s right-to-know.
I am a lifelong county resident and have lived in Ellsworth for over 35 years, am married to the former Christy Brown of Ellsworth and have a son and two grandchildren living in Franklin.
Name: Susan Walsh
Employment: Emmaus Shelter front desk
Highest level of education completed: Earlham College, Richmond, Ind.
Previous elected office(s) held: None
“I’ve always been interested in government and helping out. This gives me a better chance of interacting with my community and seeing how it’s done.”
Walsh listed clean energy and recycling among her interests. As a county commissioner, “I’d like to see that the jail is properly funded and operated — both for the inmates and staff there. And the roads are a real issue. We have a hard time keeping them up.”
Walsh said she hopes voters “will support people who truly care about the community. I put the community first. I have no personal agenda.”