Politics

  • Hancock County Dems meeting June 21

    ELLSWORTH — The first meeting of the Hancock County Democratic Committee following the June 12 primary will feature candidates in the November general election. The specific program and guest list will be set after the primary to keep the content current. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 21, at 7 p.m. in the theater

  • Wombacher candidate for County Commission

    BUCKSPORT — John A. Wombacher of Bucksport is the Democratic candidate for Hancock County Commissioner District II, which includes Bucksport, Verona Island, Orland, Dedham, Penobscot, Castine, Brooksville, Brooklin, Sedgewick, Deer Isle and Stonington. Wombacher and his wife, Leslie, own Sundial Framing and Photography LLC in Bucksport. Wombacher also is a supervisor at The Home Depot

  • Juskewitch is candidate for district attorney

    Juskewitch is candidate for district attorney

    ELLSWORTH — Local attorney Steven Juskewitch is running as an unenrolled candidate for the office of District 7 district attorney, which prosecutes cases in Hancock and Washington counties. The term of current District Attorney Matt Foster expires in November. Foster is seeking re-election as a Republican. “I am the November candidate for district attorney in

  • Hancock County GOP meeting June 14

    ELLSWORTH — On Thursday, June 14, two days after the primary, the Hancock County Republicans will welcome Rebecca Telega (field director) to train volunteers in the Republican Leadership Initiative. The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Ellsworth City Hall council chambers. Anyone who is interested in running or who is helping anyone who

  • Ellsworth ballot includes school funding, RCV

    Ellsworth ballot includes school funding, RCV

    ELLSWORTH — On June 12, apart from the Democratic and Republican primary elections, Ellsworth residents will weigh in on the School Department budget (totaling $21.37 million this year) and ranked choice voting (RCV). RCV has been the subject of much consternation since Maine voters approved its implementation via referendum in 2016. In 2017, the Maine

  • Park resources-boundary bill creeps forward in Senate

    ELLSWORTH — Resolution of the ongoing conflicts over the boundaries of Acadia National Park and the extent to which worm and shellfish diggers may continue to harvest resources from the flats along the park’s shorefront took a baby step forward last week. On Thursday, the U.S. Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks

  • Golden holding town hall event

    ELLSWORTH — Jared Golden, Democratic candidate for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, will hold a town hall event in Ellsworth on Saturday, May 26. The event is scheduled for noon at the Moore Community Center, 133 State St. Doors will open at 11:30. Golden’s campaign has been endorsed by local state Reps. Brian Hubbell of Bar

  • Democratic primary candidates in sync on most of the issues

    Democratic primary candidates in sync on most of the issues

    ELLSWORTH — Ninety minutes into Saturday’s forum for the three Democratic candidates for Congress, one of them said what had become evident. “We could do each other’s stump speeches,” said Craig Olson of Islesboro. Olson, a former selectman who runs the Islesboro transfer station and operates a rare book business, took the stage with Lucas

  • Hancock County GOP meeting May 24

    ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County GOP will meet on Thursday, May 24, at 7 p.m. at Ellsworth City Hall. The meeting will include news to share from the convention, financial updates and more. The meeting is open to anyone and all who are interested are welcome to attend. Email Chairman Sherm Hutchins at [email protected] for

  • Poliquin proposal for blueberries in schools draws criticism

    Poliquin proposal for blueberries in schools draws criticism

    ELLSWORTH — U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-Maine) says he plans to go forward with a proposal to include frozen and canned foods in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program despite criticism from the program’s founder. The proposal by Poliquin, who has used Maine blueberries as an example of a frozen food that could help the