Politics

  • County treasurer, commissioners negotiate pay package of $34,723

    County treasurer, commissioners negotiate pay package of $34,723

    ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County treasurer-elect negotiated a total compensation package of $34,723 with the Hancock County Commissioners at the board’s regular monthly meeting Tuesday. Michael Boucher of Sorrento will replace Treasurer Janice Eldridge of Ellsworth, who chose not to see re-election. Boucher, a write-in candidate for the office, starts work Jan. 1. Both the

  • Hancock County GOP Christmas party set

    ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Republicans are having a Christmas party on Thursday, Dec. 13, from 6-9 p.m. at China Hill restaurant. This party is open to anyone. This is a fundraiser and all are invited to bring a wrapped gift for the auctioneer to sell off. For more information, contact Sandi Blanchette at [email protected]

  • Oral arguments begin in Poliquin RCV suit

    Oral arguments begin in Poliquin RCV suit

    ELLSWORTH — Oral arguments in the lawsuit filed by U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-Maine) challenging the results of the November election and the constitutionality of the ranked choice voting process began Wednesday morning at U.S. District Court in Bangor. Poliquin, who led Democratic challenger Jared Golden on election night by roughly 2,000 votes but without

  • Recount affirms Blaisdell’s victory in probate judge race

    Recount affirms Blaisdell’s victory in probate judge race

    ELLSWORTH — Incumbent Republican candidate William B. Blaisdell IV has been confirmed as the winner of the Hancock County judge of probate race, based on the results of a ballot recount completed Thursday, according to Secretary of State Matt Dunlap. Unofficial preliminary results following the election showed Blaisdell, of Ellsworth, with 13,943 votes and Democratic

  • Former city councilor is new Hancock County treasurer

    Former city councilor is new Hancock County treasurer

    ELLSWORTH — The Maine Secretary of State’s Office announced Tuesday that Michael Boucher of Sorrento has been elected Hancock County treasurer. Boucher, who has worked as a part-time Hancock County corrections officer since July, was a declared write-in candidate. He ran against another declared write-in candidate, Pamela J. Linscott of Gouldsboro. Linscott is Hancock County’s

  • Judge denies Poliquin’s challenge to ranked choice voting run-off

    Judge denies Poliquin’s challenge to ranked choice voting run-off

    ELLSWORTH — A federal judge this morning rejected U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin’s lawsuit seeking to halt the ranked-choice run-off process that would designate the winner of the 2nd District congressional race. The results should be announced shortly after noon Thursday. No District 2 congressional candidate received a more than 50 percent majority of first-choice votes

  • Lockman re-elected in District 137

    ELLSWORTH — In a race that was still too close to call on the morning after Election Day, Rep. Larry Lockman (R-Amherst) has been declared the likely winner for House District 137. With 15 of 16 towns having tabulated their votes, the Portland Press Herald showed Lockman leading his Democratic challenger, Doug Bunker, with 56

  • Poliquin seeks to sideline ranked choice; judge delays decision

    Poliquin seeks to sideline ranked choice; judge delays decision

    ELLSWORTH — The race for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District was the most expensive, heavily contested race in the state’s history. It may become one of the more litigated. On Wednesday morning, the race moved to a federal courthouse in Bangor, where U.S. District Judge Lance Walker began hearing arguments on a lawsuit filed by incumbent

  • Secretary of state pushes back on allegations of unsecured ballot boxes

    Secretary of state pushes back on allegations of unsecured ballot boxes

    ELLSWORTH — As the state’s first general election ranked choice voting count (RCV) got underway last week, the campaign of U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-Maine) raised concerns about the security of ballot boxes and a clerk reportedly tabulating absentee ballots illegally. Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap pushed back, assuring voters that the boxes were