Politics

  • 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

  • Hancock County Dems meeting Nov. 15

    ELLSWORTH — The November meeting of the Hancock County Democratic Committee will focus on the latest electoral victories. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. in the theater room at the Moore Community Center in Ellsworth. On Nov. 6, Maine elected Janet Mills as governor while Hancock County elected Louie Luchini

  • Recount scheduled in probate judge race

    Recount scheduled in probate judge race

    ELLSWORTH — One of a number of close contests in the Nov. 6 election was the race for Hancock County probate judge, which was decided by a tight margin. Republican Judge William Blaisdell IV won re-election with 13,903 votes while Democrat Lynne Williams, a Bar Harbor attorney, received 13,668. That’s a difference of 235 votes.