Politics

  • Franklin attorney announces state House run

    Franklin attorney announces state House run

    ELLSWORTH — Franklin resident Max Coolidge announced Tuesday he is running for state representative for House District 137. The district encompasses Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Franklin and Great Pond, plus the towns of Bradford, Bradley, Edinburg, Greenbush, Lagrange and Passadumkeag in Penobscot County and Beddington, Deblois, Northfield and Wesley in Washington County. It also includes unorganized

  • Vaccination law upheld at the polls

    Vaccination law upheld at the polls

    ELLSWORTH — On Tuesday, voters in Hancock County and statewide decided to keep a law that eliminates non-medical opt-outs for childhood vaccinations, joining California, Mississippi, West Virginia and New York, all of which have passed similar legislation. Roughly 67 percent of the 17,549 voters who cast ballots in Hancock County voted to keep the new

  • Biden leads Democratic primary

    Biden leads Democratic primary

    ELLSWORTH — With the majority of precincts reporting, Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden was the frontrunner in Tuesday’s Democratic presidential primary in Maine. Locally, Bernie Sanders was the victor. As of mid-morning Wednesday, Sanders had received 63,221 votes (33 percent) statewide and 3,328 votes in Hancock County. Meanwhile, former vice president Biden received 65,481 votes

  • Linnehan running for Senate in District 7

    Linnehan running for Senate in District 7

    ELLSWORTH — John Linnehan of Ellsworth has announced his candidacy for state Senate representing District 7, which encompasses much of Hancock County. The Senate seat is currently held by Sen. Louie Luchini (D-Ellsworth). Linnehan describes himself as “pro-life, pro-traditional family, pro-capitalism to protect our individual financial freedom, pro-Second Amendment. Like Vice President Mike Pence, I

  • City Council recount upholds result

    City Council recount upholds result

    ELLSWORTH — City staff spent more than four hours recounting ballots on Friday morning at the request of City Council candidate Gene Lyons, who lost to Marc Blanchette by 20 votes (618-598) at initial count last Tuesday. Staff hand-counted all of the ballots, with Code Enforcement Officer Lori Roberts and Assessor Larry Gardner reading votes

  • Newcomers win  in Bucksport  Council race

    Newcomers win in Bucksport Council race

    BUCKSPORT — Residents Tuesday voted a slate of newcomers to the Town Council. With nearly 27 percent of registered voters turning out, former longtime town clerk Kathy Downes took the most votes of any candidate — 793 — for a three-year seat on the council. Joining Downes on the board filling another three-year seat is

  • Selectman Vogell re-elected in Castine

    Selectman Vogell re-elected in Castine

    CASTINE — Voters here Tuesday returned longtime Selectman Peter Vogell to the board with 182 votes. Vogell ran unchallenged. In other business, newcomer Jake Simmons was elected to the School Board with 111 votes. Candidate Kelly Gaultieri received 89 votes. On the library board, incumbent board member Berna Kaiserian was returned to another five-year term

  • Three elected to City Council

    Three elected to City Council

    ELLSWORTH — The results are in: there will be two new faces and one familiar one at next month’s City Council meeting. Incumbent Marc Blanchette, pharmacist Robert Miller and physician’s assistant Michelle Kaplan all won election Tuesday, beating brewer Edward Kamin III and cement worker Gene Lyons. Out of the 3,140 votes cast for council

  • City candidates talk salaries, solar and taxes

    City candidates talk salaries, solar and taxes

    ELLSWORTH — Should the city cap salaries for municipal employees or potentially cut them to save money? Expand Hancock County Technical Center (HCTC)? Enter into a partnership to construct a solar array? Candidates vying for seats on the City Council and School Board weighed in on those questions and others at a forum at the

  • City candidates forum is Oct. 22

    City candidates forum is Oct. 22

    ELLSWORTH — Five candidates running for three seats on the City Council will gather in a public forum Tuesday, Oct. 22, as part of the Heart of Ellsworth 2019 Community Conversations series. Meet the Candidates will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. in the former J&B Atlantic Building, 142 Main St., in downtown Ellsworth. The program

  • Lockman announces Senate run

    Lockman announces Senate run

    BREWER — Self-described outspoken conservative state Rep. Lawrence Lockman (R-Bradley) on Tuesday announced his candidacy for Maine Senate District 8, which includes parts of Penobscot and Hancock counties, in 2020. Lockman made his announcement at a rally at Penobscot Cleaning Service in Brewer, which featured an appearance and endorsement from former Governor Paul R. LePage