Politics

  • Bond questions total $120M for roads, internet

    Bond questions total $120M for roads, internet

    ELLSWORTH — Voters will head to the polls on July 14 to participate in the state’s primary election. In normal years, and by statute, Maine’s primary election is held the second Tuesday of June. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Janet Mills moved the date by executive order to July 14. For those

  • Two vying for Surry selectman seat

    SURRY — Two residents, Peter Brown and Eric Treworgy, are vying to replace Selectman Steve Bemiss for a three-year-seat on the Board of Selectmen. Bemiss is not seeking re-election. Residents will have a chance to vote for selectman during the July 14 primary. Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Brown and

  • County races shaping up; contested primary for register of probate

    County races shaping up; contested primary for register of probate

    ELLSWORTH — Republican voters during the July 14 primary will decide the Republican candidate for Hancock County register of probate. There is no declared Democratic candidate for the office. Current register Gale Coughlin has decided not to run for re-election. Then-Governor Paul LePage appointed Coughlin to the post in 2016 after her predecessor, Bonnie Cousins,

  • Two vie for House 134 seat in Democratic primary

    Two vie for House 134 seat in Democratic primary

    DEER ISLE — Incumbent Genevieve McDonald will face a primary challenge from fellow Democrat Julie Eaton in the race for the House District 134 seat. District 134 represents the towns of Frenchboro, Swan’s Island, Southwest Harbor, Tremont, Stonington, Deer Isle, Cranberry Isles, Vinalhaven, Isle au Haut, North Haven and the Marshall Island Township. Voting will

  • City preparing for July 14 elections

    City preparing for July 14 elections

    ELLSWORTH — Like everything else, voting in the July 14 primary is going to look a lot different this year. Expect a lot of physical distancing, only a certain number of people allowed in the building, sneeze guards, gloves, masks, face shields and fewer voting booths. “Based on the number of people absentee voting, we’re

  • Contested primary in Senate 7

    Contested primary in Senate 7

    ELLSWORTH — Two Republican businessmen and incumbent Democrat Louie Luchini are running for the state Senate seat representing District 7. Brian Langley, owner of the Union River Lobster Pot in Ellsworth and a former educator and legislator, will face John Linnehan, who is president of Linnehan Homes and for years led local Christian ministries, in

  • Two bond questions to appear on July 14 ballot

    AUGUSTA – Two bond questions totaling $120 million will appear on the July 14 ballot. The special referendum election will take place on the same day as the state primary election. Governor Janet Mills on April 10 signed an executive order postponing the June 9 primary election to July 14. In addition to selecting party

  • Former legislator announces House District 131 run

    Former legislator announces House District 131 run

    STOCKTON SPRINGS — A Stockton Springs woman is challenging incumbent Rep. Sherman Hutchins (R-Penobscot) for the District 131 seat in the Maine House of Representatives. District 131 encompasses the towns of Dedham, Orland, Otis, Penobscot, Prospect, Stockton Springs and Verona Island. Veronica Garvey Magnan, a Democrat, previously served in the 124th Maine Legislature and announced

  • 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