Elections 2020

  • County Commission: Clark re-elected, Paradis wins seat

    County Commission: Clark re-elected, Paradis wins seat

    ELLSWORTH — Two open seats on the Hancock County Commissioners board resulted in two contested races this year. The results are in, with incumbent Republican Bill Clark of Ellsworth re-elected to his District 1 seat and Republican Paul Paradis of Bar Harbor winning in District 3. In District 1, Clark defeated Democratic challenger Rebecca Wentworth

  • Incumbents win House races

    Incumbents win House races

    ELLSWORTH — Tuesday’s election ushered in a few new but mostly familiar faces to the Maine State House. This held true in local districts with incumbents seeking re-election. The 132nd District race to represent Ellsworth and Trenton returned one-term Democratic incumbent Nicole Grohoski to the House, after she won 55 percent of the votes cast,

  • Luchini wins Senate seat

    Luchini wins Senate seat

    Rosen, Moore reelected ELLSWORTH — In a Senate District 7 race featuring two Ellsworth candidates, Democratic incumbent Louie Luchini comfortably held onto his seat over former Republican state senator Brian Langley in his bid to return to Augusta. With nearly 97 percent of precincts reporting, Luchini received 54.6 percent of the votes cast, 13,950, while

  • As country waits, local results much clearer

    As country waits, local results much clearer

    ELLSWORTH — It could be days before the world knows who won the White House, as races in key battleground states including Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania remained too close to call on Wednesday morning. But results were clearer in Hancock County. With all 37 municipalities reporting, former Vice President Joe Biden edged out President Donald

  • Lyons, Hamilton elected to council

    ELLSWORTH — In a four-way race for two open City Council seats, first-term incumbent and Chairman Dale Hamilton was easily re-elected Tuesday with 2,418 votes while newcomer Gene Lyons captured 2,158, winning by a considerable margin over challengers Bronson Platner, with 1,633 votes, and Mike Springer, with 1,133 votes. Write-in candidates totaled 38 votes, while

  • McKenney, Alteri win board seats

    ELLSWORTH — In a five-way race for two open seats, Elizabeth Alteri and Kelly McKenney were elected to the School Board on Tuesday, sending one-term incumbent Rob Hudson off the board.  McKenney, who served one term before stepping away in 2018, garnered 2,135 votes, the most of any candidate. “I’m relieved. I’m happy. I’m exhausted,”

  • Bucksport voters OK charter change

    BUCKSPORT — The proposed change to the town charter, increasing the referendum funding requirement from $250,000 to $300,000, passed Tuesday in a 1,460 to 1,216 vote on Referendum Question 2. Voters also authorized the town to borrow $560,000 as its share of costs to replace two major culverts on Bucksmills and Jacob Buck Pond roads

  • Towns opt in on pot

    Towns opt in on pot

    By Rebecca Alley and Sarah Hinckley ELLSWORTH — Four years after the state voted to legalize adult-use of recreational marijuana, Surry and Southwest Harbor have voted to allow retail marijuana businesses to operate in their towns. The two municipalities are the first in Hancock County to do so.  The tight vote in Surry came down

  • Dems allege Kaplan violated ethics rules

    Dems allege Kaplan violated ethics rules

    ELLSWORTH — The House Democratic Campaign Committee filed a complaint with the Maine Ethics Commission on Oct. 27 alleging campaign finance violations by candidate Michelle Kaplan. Kaplan, a Republican from Ellsworth, is challenging Democratic incumbent Nicole Grohoski in the race to represent District 132 in the Maine House. Kaplan denies any wrongdoing and said she

  • How to vote using ranked choice

    How to vote using ranked choice

    ELLSWORTH — Maine will make history on Nov. 3 as the first state to use ranked choice voting in a presidential election, after a ruling by the state’s Supreme Court.  The Maine Supreme Judicial Court in September ruled that Republican opponents failed to reach the threshold of signatures needed for a “people’s veto” referendum aimed

  • Commission candidates have differing visions for the future

    Commission candidates have differing visions for the future

    ELLSWORTH — For the first time in recent memory, there are contested races for two seats on the Hancock County Commissioners board. Incumbent commissioner and board chairman Bill Clark, representing District 1, is seeking re-election. Clark is a Republican who resides in Ellsworth. District 1 encompasses the municipalities of Amherst, Aurora, Blue Hill, unorganized territory