Nomination papers now available in Ellsworth

ELLSWORTH — City residents will be asked to elect two city councilors and three library trustees when they head to the polls in November.

Nomination papers are now available for those positions. So far, it looks like the names voters will have to choose from will be familiar ones.

Councilors John Moore and John Phillips, the latter of whom serves as the council’s chairman, both have terms of office that expire in November. As of Friday afternoon, Moore was the only person to have taken out nomination papers for a council seat.

Both city council seats that will be on the ballot this fall carry three-year terms.

Anyone who takes out nomination papers must get at least 50, but no more than 100, signatures from registered voters in Ellsworth to qualify for the municipal ballot in November.

City Clerk Heidi Grindle said city staff recommends interested residents get about 60 signatures, just to be safe.

For the library, board members Raymond Williams and Wendy Lessard both have terms expiring this year. Williams serves as the board’s treasurer and Lessard as its secretary.

Grindle said both Williams and Lessard have taken out nomination papers in order to run again. They are each seeking another three-year term.

The third library trustee seat that will be on the ballot this fall carries a one-year term.

The seat was previously held by Robert Girmscheid until he resigned from the board in the fall of 2013. Julie Tuell was appointed to fill the seat until this fall’s municipal election.

Nomination papers can be obtained at City Hall during normal business hours. The papers, with sufficient signatures, must be returned by 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19.

The municipal election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland.
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