• 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

  • Luchini wins Senate District 7 seat

    Luchini wins Senate District 7 seat

    ELLSWORTH — Maine Democrats rode their own statewide blue wave to control of the 35-seat state Senate and 151-seat House Tuesday night, although the results were somewhat more even in Hancock County. In State Senate District 7, which covers much of Hancock County, Democrat Louie Luchini soundly defeated Republican Richard Malaby. Luchini, currently a four-term

  • Congressional race has not yet been decided

    Congressional race has not yet been decided

    ELLSWORTH — Maine voters did not have to wait long to put ranked choice voting to the test in a congressional election. On Wednesday morning, two-term Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin of Oakland and Democratic challenger Jared Golden of Lewiston were virtually tied with 46 percent of the vote in the race for Maine’s 2nd

  • Mills is Maine’s first female governor

    Mills is Maine’s first female governor

    ELLSWORTH — Maine voters chose Democrat Janet Mills to be the state’s first female governor on Tuesday. With 74 percent of precincts reporting as of Wednesday morning, Mills had captured 50 percent of the vote statewide. Republican candidate Shawn Moody trailed Mills by six percentage points. He conceded the race early Wednesday. Hancock County voters

  • Grohoski elected to District 132 seat

    Grohoski elected to District 132 seat

    ELLSWORTH — Democrat Nicole Grohoski was elected Tuesday to represent District 132 in the state House of Representatives. Grohoski received 2,377 votes to Republican Mark Remick’s 2,013, according to preliminary results. The seat is currently held by Rep. Louie Luchini (D-Ellsworth), who is term-limited. Luchini, a candidate for State Senate District 7, was leading in

  • Hancock County GOP meeting Nov. 8

    ELLSWORTH — The November meeting of the Hancock County Republicans will take place on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. at Ellsworth City Hall. As per the group’s bylaws, it must elect officers at this meeting. The offices of chairman, vice chairman, secretary, treasurer and finance chairs will be voted on. Interested candidates should call