Politics

  • 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,

  • Candidates to meet in Orland March 22

    ORLAND — Eight Democratic primary candidates will gather for a Blue Wave Gubernatorial Panel discussion at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, at the Orland Community Center. The evening will consist of a short presentation of positions by the prospective candidates, followed by an extensive question-and-answer period. Scheduled to attend, in alphabetical order, are: Jim

  • RCV certified by state, will be used in June primaries

    RCV certified by state, will be used in June primaries

    ELLSWORTH — Ranked choice voting will be in place during June’s primaries, Secretary of State Matt Dunlap’s office announced Monday. Maine voters also will be deciding whether to repeal a law that delayed implementation of ranked choice voting to 2021. That law also would kill the voting system if the Legislature doesn’t pass a constitutional

  • Dunlap to address local Democrats

    ELLSWORTH — The now disbanded Trump Commission on Election Integrity will be the subject of remarks by Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap at the March 15 meeting of the Hancock County Democratic Committee. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the theatre room at the Moore Community Center. Dunlap was appointed by President