• Technical glitch delays state RCV ballot count

    Technical glitch delays state RCV ballot count

    ELLSWORTH — Go online and you can buy a USB memory stick, or thumb drive, for 10 bucks or less. Even a premium, high-speed 128-gigabyte device can be had for less than $50 and delivered to the door overnight. It appears, though, that a small, relatively inexpensive, device caused big problems for the Secretary of

  • Local school budgets all pass

    ELLSWORTH — Several school unions and districts held budget validation referendums Tuesday and all passed, clearing the way for new FY 2018-19 school budgets to start July 1. In Ellsworth, 1,051 residents approved the budget and 487 voted against. In Deer Isle-Stonington, 595 residents voted “yes” to the upcoming budget and 133 voted “no.” Regional

  • Voters favor Moody, Mills for governor in primaries

    Voters favor Moody, Mills for governor in primaries

    ELLSWORTH — Hancock County voters were generally aligned with the rest of the state in ranking candidates for governor in Tuesday’s primary elections. Republican Shawn Moody was the favorite among Republican candidates for governor in Hancock County, with Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason coming in second. The Associated Press called the race for Moody, who

  • RCV may decide Congressional District 2 race

    RCV may decide Congressional District 2 race

    ELLSWORTH — State Rep. Jared Golden led the pack in the Democratic primary to represent Maine’s sprawling Second Congressional District on Tuesday, according to preliminary results. As of Wednesday morning, Golden had roughly 50 percent of the vote, with his primary challenger, nonprofit executive Lucas St. Clair, hovering around 40 percent. Golden must receive 50

  • Voters OK ranked choice voting

    Voters OK ranked choice voting

    ELLSWORTH — A three-and-a-half-year fight to bring ranked choice voting to Maine achieved a significant milestone Tuesday as Maine voters approved a statewide referendum to preserve the system. While results are still unofficial, with about 70 percent of precincts reporting as of early Wednesday morning, there were a total of 116,241 “yes” votes on the

  • Luchini defeats Schwartz in District 7 Democratic primary

    Luchini defeats Schwartz in District 7 Democratic primary

    ELLSWORTH — Veteran state lawmaker Louie Luchini defeated challenger Ian Schwartz in Tuesday’s Democratic primary in Senate District 7. With 26 of the district’s 27 municipalities reporting, voters favored Luchini more than 2-to-1. Luchini received 3,377 votes to Schwartz’s 1,563. Luchini has served four terms (the limit) in the Maine House representing District 132 (Ellsworth

  • Hancock County Dems meeting June 21

    ELLSWORTH — The first meeting of the Hancock County Democratic Committee following the June 12 primary will feature candidates in the November general election. The specific program and guest list will be set after the primary to keep the content current. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 21, at 7 p.m. in the theater

  • Wombacher candidate for County Commission

    BUCKSPORT — John A. Wombacher of Bucksport is the Democratic candidate for Hancock County Commissioner District II, which includes Bucksport, Verona Island, Orland, Dedham, Penobscot, Castine, Brooksville, Brooklin, Sedgewick, Deer Isle and Stonington. Wombacher and his wife, Leslie, own Sundial Framing and Photography LLC in Bucksport. Wombacher also is a supervisor at The Home Depot

  • Juskewitch is candidate for district attorney

    Juskewitch is candidate for district attorney

    ELLSWORTH — Local attorney Steven Juskewitch is running as an unenrolled candidate for the office of District 7 district attorney, which prosecutes cases in Hancock and Washington counties. The term of current District Attorney Matt Foster expires in November. Foster is seeking re-election as a Republican. “I am the November candidate for district attorney in