• 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.

  • EHS students favor Moody in mock election

    ELLSWORTH — Bucking the statewide trend, Republican Shawn Moody won the governor’s race in a mock election at Ellsworth High School, garnering 51 percent of the vote. Democrat Janet Mills, the actual gubernatorial victor in the Nov. 6 election, was favored by 32 percent of student voters. Independents Terry Hayes and Alan Caron received 10

  • Home care measure defeated; funds for infrastructure and education approved

    ELLSWORTH — Voters rejected what would have been a first-in-the-nation program to subsidize home care for elderly and disabled Maine residents by levying a tax on incomes above the Social Security threshold ($124,800 in 2018). Hancock County residents rejected the measure by a margin of 61-39 percent. That was similar to the statewide margin, with

  • Upset in county commission race

    Upset in county commission race

    ELLSWORTH — A contested race for a four-year term as Hancock County commissioner from District II resulted in an upset Tuesday. Challenger John Wombacher of Bucksport beat out longtime commissioner Percy “Joe” Brown of Deer Isle by 385 votes. Democrat Wombacher took 4,590 votes to Republican Brown’s 4,205. Wombacher is a political newcomer and owns

  • Grindle, Phillips elected to City Council

    Grindle, Phillips elected to City Council

    ELLSWORTH — There will be one new and one returning councilor on the Ellsworth City Council in the coming weeks. Heather Grindle and John Phillips were elected to the council with 37 percent and 24 percent of the vote, respectively in Tuesday’s election. Grindle received 2,044 votes while Phillips had 1,336. Phillips narrowly beat candidate

  • RSU 25 voters approve gym floor project

    BUCKSPORT — Regional School Unit 25 (RSU 25) voters Tuesday approved a referendum to renovate the Bucksport Middle School gym floor. The vote was 2,391 yes to 1,626 no. RSU 25 includes the towns of Bucksport, Orland, Verona Island and Prospect. Superintendent Jim Boothby said the floor needs to be replaced due to issues with