Politics

  • Hancock County Dems meeting April 19

    ELLSWORTH — The Democratic leader in the Maine Senate, Troy Jackson, will be the featured guest at the April 19 monthly meeting of the Hancock County Democratic Committee. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the theater room of the Moore Community Center in Ellsworth. Sen. Jackson will lead a discussion about how a

  • Deadline looming for write-in treasurer candidates

    ELLSWORTH — Hancock County residents will not see any candidates for the office of county treasurer on the Nov. 6 ballot. Current Treasurer Janet Eldridge has said she would not seek another term. However, there is still a short window of time to be a write-in candidate on the ballot, according to Hancock County Commissioners

  • Ranked choice voting judged good to go

    Ranked choice voting judged good to go

    ELLSWORTH — A superior court judge ruled Tuesday that ranked choice voting (RCV) should continue as planned for the June primaries. Her ruling followed a court battle that began late last week. Just as state officials were ready to implement RCV, a new wrinkle announced by Secretary of State Matt Dunlap last Thursday cast doubt

  • Nathalie Arruda seeking District 131 House seat

    Nathalie Arruda seeking District 131 House seat

    ORLAND — Nathalie Arruda of Orland has announced her candidacy for the seat representing District 131 (Orland, Dedham, Otis, Penobscot, Verona Island, Prospect and Stockton Springs) in the Maine State Legislature. Arruda, a Democrat, is challenging incumbent state Rep. Karl Ward (R-Dedham), who is seeking a third term. Arruda, a 35-year-old mother of three and

  • Bar Harbor attorney to run for probate judge

    Bar Harbor attorney to run for probate judge

    BAR HARBOR — Attorney Lynne Williams intends to run for the office of Hancock County probate judge as a Democrat. The term of the current probate judge, William Blaisdell IV, is up in November. Blaisdell intends to seek another term, according to one his staff. Williams said she would like to make the guardianship process

  • Lockman to seek fourth term as District 137 rep

    Lockman to seek fourth term as District 137 rep

    ELLSWORTH — State Rep. Larry Lockman (R-Amherst) has announced that he will be seeking re-election to his fourth term representing District 137 in the Maine House of Representatives. In making the announcement, Lockman had the following message for his constituents: “It is an honor to serve as the representative for the people of District 137.

  • 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,