ELLSWORTH — Residents in two of the three communities that voted to withdraw from Regional School Unit 24 (RSU 24) last month now know who will be on the ballot for new, local-level school boards.
Ballots are now set in Hancock and Lamoine, and on Tuesday, Jan. 7, each town will elect its own three-member school board.
Ellsworth will follow suit on Tuesday, Feb. 4, when voters there will elect a five-person school board to run the city’s schools. Ellsworth will take over ownership of the schools within the city effective July 1.
In Hancock and Lamoine, there will be four candidates on the January ballots with one contested race in each community.
In Lamoine, Michael Brann and Gregory Stone will face off for a one-year term. Brett Jones, the town’s current representative on the RSU 24 Board, is running unopposed for a two-year term. Gordon Donaldson, likewise, will not face any challengers for a three-year term.
In Hancock, the contested race will be for a two-year term. Melissa Nowell and Lona Wheeler are competing for that seat. Beverly Johnston is running unopposed for a one-year term, while Sarah Baker is running unopposed for a three-year term.
Twelve citizens have taken out nomination papers so far in Ellsworth for the five seats that will be on the ballot in February. Of those 12, three have returned completed nomination papers and are now official candidates.
Those three are Russell White, Paul Markosian and Brenda Thomas.