Ten candidates take out City Council papers

ELLSWORTH — Ten people have expressed interest in filling three available seats on the City Council and there is still time for more candidates to come forward.

As of Monday morning, four candidates had returned their nomination papers and had them validated by the city clerk’s office. Six others, including incumbents Michelle Kaplan and Robert Miller, had taken out papers but not yet returned them. The deadline is Monday, Sept. 26, by 5 p.m. Each candidate must collect 50 signatures.

The candidates who have returned their nomination papers are Jon Stein, Gordon Workman, Tammy Mote and Michelle Beal. If those last two names sound familiar in the context of City Hall, it is because Mote is the former deputy city manager and finance director, and Beal is a former city manager. Both now work for the Rudman Winchell law firm.

The candidates who have taken out papers but not returned them as of early this week are John Linnehan, Girard Pinkham, Benjamin Carter, Kristen Schlaefer, Kaplan and Miller, according to City Clerk Toni Dyer.

Two School Board seats are also up for election Nov. 8. Incumbent Paul Markosian has returned his papers. Tiffany Gaspar has taken out papers but not yet returned them.

There have been no takers thus far for an available seat on the five-member board of Ellsworth Library Trustees. Anne Lusby’s term expires this year. Library trustees’ duties are outlined in the city charter (https://www.ellsworthmaine.gov/government/city-charter/) and include the duty to “identify, support, and promote the best interests of the Ellsworth Public Library,” select and appoint a library director (they’re hiring) and furnish the City Council with a proposed budget annually.

The budget piece has been particularly challenging in recent years as trustees and councilors have been at odds over how much of the library’s funding should be borne by city taxpayers. Due to budget cuts, the library is no longer open on Mondays, is only open until 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays (compared to 8 p.m. in past years) and has reduced its digital offerings.

Anyone interested in learning more about the role can find contact information for the current elected Board of Trustees at http://www.ellsworth.lib.me.us/board-of-trustees/.

Cyndi Wood

Cyndi Wood

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Cyndi is managing editor of The Ellsworth American. The Ellsworth native joined the staff of The American in 2007 as a reporter.
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