Politics

  • Nicole Grohoski declares candidacy for Maine House

    Nicole Grohoski declares candidacy for Maine House

    ELLSWORTH — Nicole Grohoski of Ellsworth has announced that she is running as a Democrat for the Maine House District 132 seat, representing Ellsworth and Trenton. Grohoski, 35, grew up in Ellsworth and is a cartographer. She is a member of the Ellsworth Green Plan, volunteers as a Maine master naturalist instructor and does trail

  • County Democrats meet July 19

    ELLSWORTH — Harvard Professor Theda Skocpol will discuss her latest research, “Middle America Reboots Democracy — Understanding the Anti-Trump Resistance” at the July meeting of the Hancock County Democratic Committee. Skocpol is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University and director of the national Scholars Strategy Network. She has been

  • Hancock County GOP meeting July 12

    ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Republicans will meet on Thursday, July 12, in the council chambers at Ellsworth City Hall. The executive committee will meet at 6 p.m., followed by the general meeting at 7. There will be an important vote that night, so everyone is urged to come or send a proxy. Call Sherm

  • Mills, Golden declared primary winners after RCV vote tabulation

    Mills, Golden declared primary winners after RCV vote tabulation

    ELLSWORTH — State Attorney General Janet Mills will be the Democratic candidate for governor when Mainers head to the general election polls this November. Rep. Jared Golden will be the party’s nominee for Maine’s Second Congressional District. The results were declared Wednesday, eight days after Mainers went to the polls in the June 12 primary

  • 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