May 22, 2018
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Rockland voters re-elect city councilor

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — Councilor Brian Harden is heading into his fourth consecutive term on the Rockland City Council.

Voters decided Tuesday 1,488 to 867 to re-elect Harden over challenger Dale Hayward.

“I’m really pleased to see such a large turnout in an off year,” Harden said late Tuesday night. “I’m excited, and pleased, and thankful to the people that voted for me.”

The 2010 council will have the same makeup as the 2009 council. Two seats will be up for election next year.

Harden campaigned for stabilizing property taxes and continuing to emphasize economic development.

Rockland voters also chose two board members for RSU 13 — Steven M. Dyer, who received 2,071 votes in an uncontested bid for a three-year term, and Patricia J. Moran Wotton, who will serve a one-year term. She received 1,418 votes, and Jacob R. Collins got 588.

Ria Biley ran unopposed for a one-year term as city warden, garnering 2,094 votes; Richard G. Spear got 2,130 as the only name on the ticket for a five-year term on the Rockland Port District; and Patricia K. Harden got 2,075 votes in her unopposed bid for a one-year term as Rockland Ward Clerk.

Voters also decided in favor of borrowing $2.8 million for infrastructure repairs, including critical stormwater and sewer repairs. That bond ordinance passed by 1,662 to 832.

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