June 21, 2018
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Ellsworth re-elects incumbents, approves charter changes

By Kevin Miller, BDN Staff

ELLSWORTH, Maine — Local voters elected two incumbent city councilors to additional terms and approved a minor change to the city charter regarding the publication of legal notices for coming public meetings.

John Moore and John Phillips were re-elected to the City Council for another three years after receiving 1,399 and 1,235 votes, respectively. A third candidate vying for one of the two open seats, Roger Lessard, received 582 votes, according to unofficial tallies provided by city officials Tuesday night.

Three other candidates were elected to local boards in uncontested races. Wendy Lessard and Raymond Williams were both re-elected to serve on the Ellsworth Library Board of Trustees. Lessard received 1,465 votes and Williams 1,502 votes. Richard Gray, meanwhile, won another three-year term as one of the city’s representatives on the RSU 24 school board.

Voters also approved language changes to the city’s charter in order to correct an issue created after last year’s election.

Last year, Ellsworth residents approved a new charter that requires the city to both post the full agenda of council meetings in City Hall and publish a legal ad in a local newspaper at least five business days before the meeting. But because the city council typically meets on Mondays and the weekly paper publishes on Thursdays — less than five business days before the meeting — the city often had to purchase ads to run in the previous week’s paper.

The change endorsed by voters on Tuesday by a vote of 1,567 to 283 will still require agendas to be posted in City Hall at least five business days before the meeting. However, the five-day requirement was dropped for legal ads, thereby allowing the ad to be placed in the paper immediately before the meeting.

Roughly 36 percent of registered Ellsworth voters participated in Tuesday’s election, according to unofficial results.

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