Politics

  • 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

  • Rosen announces run for fourth Senate term

    Rosen announces run for fourth Senate term

    BUCKSPORT — State Sen. Kimberley Rosen (R-Hancock County) announced her bid Tuesday to seek a fourth term in the Maine Senate. “As senator, my approach to public service is to always carefully study each issue and vote in the best interest of Maine and the people of Senate District 8,” Rosen stated in a press

  • Senate supports Luchini’s bill to protect tenants from sexual harassment

    Senate supports Luchini’s bill to protect tenants from sexual harassment

    AUGUSTA — On May 30, the Maine Senate unanimously supported legislation introduced by Sen. Louie Luchini (D-Hancock County) aimed at protecting tenants from sexual harassment by their landlord or their landlord’s agent. “Sexual harassment is prevalent in housing in Maine, particularly for low-income tenants, who are the most vulnerable,” Luchini said. “This bill states clearly

  • More Maine women are running for office at every level

    More Maine women are running for office at every level

    ELLSWORTH — In last fall’s midterm elections, voters elected women in record numbers at the state and national level. Women now make up 38 percent of the Maine Legislature (one of the highest percentages in the nation) and half of the state’s congressional delegation, according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers