Politics

  • Absentee ballot requests and confusion on the rise

    Absentee ballot requests and confusion on the rise

    ELLSWORTH — Requests for absentee ballots have come fast and furious in recent weeks, and so has the confusion around absentee voting. “People are thinking that they’re already getting the ballot, that we’re going to mail one right then,” said City Clerk Heidi-Noël Grindle. “We’re not even going to have them until Oct. 2. We

  • Gouldsboro gears up for outdoor Town Meeting

    GOULDSBORO — A few clouds, light winds from the west and a low of 57 degrees F are predicted for next Wednesday evening, Aug. 26, when the moderator will call to order this coastal community’s first outdoor Town Meeting. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. outside the Recreation Center off the Pond Road. Townspeople

  • Senate 8 recount confirms Rosen’s primary win

    Senate 8 recount confirms Rosen’s primary win

    AUGUSTA — A recount Thursday of ballots cast in the July 14 Republican primary race for State Senate District 8 confirmed incumbent Kimberley Rosen’s victory by a slim margin. The final recount tabulation shows 2,082 votes for Rosen and 2,030 for Lawrence Lockman, according to Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap. Rosen will appear on the

  • Wilbur wins primary for register of probate

    Wilbur wins primary for register of probate

    ELLSWORTH — Newcomer Juliette Wilbur won the Republican primary race for Hancock County register of probate Tuesday, beating out Deputy Probate Clerk Velma Jordan. Wilbur took 2,625 votes to Jordan’s 2,297, according to preliminary results. That’s a difference of 328 votes. In the city of Ellsworth, where Wilbur resides, she took 445 votes to Jordan’s

  • Langley, Rosen, Uhlenhake lead Maine State Senate primaries

    Langley, Rosen, Uhlenhake lead Maine State Senate primaries

    ELLSWORTH — Two Maine State Senate candidates cruised to decisive contested primary wins Tuesday night as another appeared set for a tight victory against a new challenger. Republican Brian Langley of Ellsworth and Democrat Bev Uhlenhake of Brewer advanced to the general election with comfortable wins in their District 7 and District 8 primaries, respectively.

  • McDonald wins House 134 Democratic primary

    McDonald wins House 134 Democratic primary

    STONINGTON — Incumbent Genevieve McDonald of Stonington won the Democratic primary in House District 134 by a wide margin Tuesday. McDonald took 1,246 votes to challenger Julie Eaton’s 414. 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

  • 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