County Commissioner District 1 Candidates

District 1 includes Amherst, Aurora, Blue Hill, Eastbrook, Ellsworth, Gouldsboro, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis, Sorrento, Sullivan, Surry, Waltham and Winter Harbor, plus a number of unorganized territories.

Name: Steven E. Joy

Age: 59

Residence: Ellsworth

Party: Republican

Present Employment: Owner, Katsiaficas Real Estate Agencies

Highest Level of Education Completed: Master’s degree in education administration from University of Maine

Previous Elected Public Office(s) Held: County commissioner (three years)

Why Are You Running for Office?

I believe county government is relevant because it provides services to all the towns that may or may not be able to afford them. Hancock County has a Sheriff’s Department, the County Jail, a Maine Drug Enforcement Unit, a Civil Process Department, Registry of Deeds, Registry of Probate, the District Attorney’s Office, Emergency Management and a Regional Communication Center providing 911 call answering and dispatch services. We also oversee both the unorganized territories and the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport.

All the commissioners work diligently to provide these relevant services for the least amount of taxpayers’ dollars, while providing good jobs with good benefits for 80-plus employees. I am running to continue to make Hancock County a relevant provider of services in these tough economic times with an emphasis on doing so in the most economical of ways.

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