Politics

  • League of Women Voters offers ranked choice guide

    ELLSWORTH — The League of Women Voters of Maine has developed an online guide for voters in preparation for the June 12 Maine primary elections: mainerankedchoice.vote. Although the League has long advocated for the implementation of ranked choice voting, the online guide is intended to be an impartial “how to” guide to assist voters regardless

  • Luchini, Malaby to run for Senate

    Luchini, Malaby to run for Senate

    ELLSWORTH — The races are on. Sixteen candidates from Hancock County made the March 15 filing deadline to run for the Maine House of Representatives, and three others will vie for the Senate seat currently held by Republican Sen. Brian Langley, who is term-limited after serving eight years in the Senate. Ellsworth Democrat Louie Luchini,

  • Dunlap offers unflattering account of Trump’s voter fraud commission

    Dunlap offers unflattering account of Trump’s voter fraud commission

    ELLSWORTH — The first time — and nearly every time thereafter — that Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap mentioned Kris Kobach’s name during his address to the Hancock County Democratic Committee last Thursday, audience members hissed. Kobach, the secretary of state in Kansas, who is unsympathetic to immigration, has become a leading voice calling

  • DA Foster to seek second term

    DA Foster to seek second term

    ELLSWORTH — District Attorney Matthew Foster announced Monday that he will seek a second term as district attorney for District 7, representing Hancock and Washington counties. Foster is running as a Republican. He was elected in November 2014, succeeding Democrat Carletta Bassano, who chose not to seek a second term. Foster took office Jan. 1,

  • Candidates to meet in Orland March 22

    ORLAND — Eight Democratic primary candidates will gather for a Blue Wave Gubernatorial Panel discussion at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, at the Orland Community Center. The evening will consist of a short presentation of positions by the prospective candidates, followed by an extensive question-and-answer period. Scheduled to attend, in alphabetical order, are: Jim

  • RCV certified by state, will be used in June primaries

    RCV certified by state, will be used in June primaries

    ELLSWORTH — Ranked choice voting will be in place during June’s primaries, Secretary of State Matt Dunlap’s office announced Monday. Maine voters also will be deciding whether to repeal a law that delayed implementation of ranked choice voting to 2021. That law also would kill the voting system if the Legislature doesn’t pass a constitutional

  • Dunlap to address local Democrats

    ELLSWORTH — The now disbanded Trump Commission on Election Integrity will be the subject of remarks by Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap at the March 15 meeting of the Hancock County Democratic Committee. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the theatre room at the Moore Community Center. Dunlap was appointed by President

  • Rep. Karl Ward announces re-election bid

    Rep. Karl Ward announces re-election bid

    DEDHAM — State Rep. Karl Ward (R-Dedham) has announced that he is running for re-election in House District 131 (Orland, Dedham, Otis, Penobscot, Verona Island, Prospect and Stockton Springs). Ward is serving his second term and sits on the Joint Standing Committee on Taxation. He won his first term by defeating Democrat and former state

  • Bunker running for House District 137 seat

    Bunker running for House District 137 seat

    FRANKLIN — Lifelong Franklin resident Doug Bunker has announced that he is a candidate for the Maine House of Representatives in District 137, which includes parts of Hancock, Penobscot and Washington counties. Bunker is a Democrat seeking to represent Amherst, Aurora, Beddington, Bradford, Bradley, Deblois, Eastbrook, Edinburg, Franklin, Great Pond, Greenbush, Lagrange, Northfield, Passadumkeag and

  • Democratic caucuses scheduled March 4

    ELLSWORTH — Democrats across Maine will caucus on March 4. Each town has its own caucus. At the caucuses, registered Democrats will elect municipal Democratic committees and elect delegates to the state convention in Lewiston May 18-20. The time and place of each caucus is listed at www.mainedems.org/caucus. The Hancock County Democratic Committee encourages voters