Politics

  • Bunker running for House District 137 seat

    Bunker running for House District 137 seat

    FRANKLIN — Lifelong Franklin resident Doug Bunker has announced that he is a candidate for the Maine House of Representatives in District 137, which includes parts of Hancock, Penobscot and Washington counties. Bunker is a Democrat seeking to represent Amherst, Aurora, Beddington, Bradford, Bradley, Deblois, Eastbrook, Edinburg, Franklin, Great Pond, Greenbush, Lagrange, Northfield, Passadumkeag and

  • Democratic caucuses scheduled March 4

    ELLSWORTH — Democrats across Maine will caucus on March 4. Each town has its own caucus. At the caucuses, registered Democrats will elect municipal Democratic committees and elect delegates to the state convention in Lewiston May 18-20. The time and place of each caucus is listed at www.mainedems.org/caucus. The Hancock County Democratic Committee encourages voters

  • RCV ball back in Legislature’s court

    RCV ball back in Legislature’s court

    ELLSWORTH — Three and a half months ago, Maine legislators passed a bill that provoked instant pushback from ranked choice voting (RCV) supporters. The result was an apparently successful bid to repeal portions of that law. Now the Legislature may be faced with a new task related to changing Maine’s vote-count system: funding it. A

  • Former inn owner seeking House seat

    Former inn owner seeking House seat

    BLUE HILL — Longtime Blue Hill resident Sarah Pebworth has announced her candidacy for the Maine House of Representatives seat to be vacated by Ralph Chapman, who is serving his fourth and final term. District 133 comprises Blue Hill, Brooklin, Brooksville, Castine, Sedgwick, and Surry. Pebworth, who has deep roots in the community, is running

  • Kumiega announces Senate run

    Kumiega announces Senate run

    DEER ISLE — Rep. Walter Kumiega (D-Deer Isle) has announced his candidacy for the Maine Senate in District 7 (most of Hancock County). Kumiega has been a member for the Maine House for the past eight years. He would replace Sen. Brian Langley, whose term expires this year. If elected to the Senate, Kumiega would

  • Deadlines near to participate in March 4 Democratic caucuses

    ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Democratic Committee reminds voters of deadlines in order to be eligible to participate in the upcoming March 4 caucuses. The caucuses are open only to registered Democrats. Unenrolled or unregistered voters can register and enroll up to, and including, caucus day. Town clerks will be available at each caucus location

  • Crowded field of candidates looking to succeed LePage

    Crowded field of candidates looking to succeed LePage

    AUGUSTA — With nine months to go before Maine voters elect a new governor, the race to replace incumbent Paul LePage is already crowded with a diverse field of candidates. Twenty-four candidates have filed paperwork with the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices to run for governor in 2018. Of those declared, 13

  • Hancock County Dems meeting Feb. 15

    ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Democratic Committee’s February meeting will frame questions to pose at upcoming forums in May with the Democratic candidates for governor and the Second Congressional District. The meeting will be held Thursday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. in the theatre room of the Moore Community Center on State Street in Ellsworth.

  • Deadline looming for people’s veto signatures

    ELLSWORTH — The deadline for signatures for the people’s veto effort to repeal a 2017 law delaying the implementation of ranked choice voting is Friday, Feb. 2. Volunteers are driving all over Maine to submit the final signatures to clerks on the last day to get them verified. Volunteers will then pick them up and