May 28, 2018
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Two council seats open for November election in Ellsworth

By Mario Moretto, BDN Staff

ELLSWORTH, Maine — Two City Council seats are open for this November’s election, and positions are also available to represent the city on Regional School Unit 24’s board and on Ellsworth Public Library’s board of trustees.

Councilor Stephen Beathem, whose term expires this year, has said he’s not sure if he will run for re-election. Councilor Matthew Boucher is leaving his post after being offered a job promotion that will move him to North Conway, N.H.

Both seats are up for full three-year terms, as Boucher would have faced re-election in November had he not offered his resignation. The council on Monday will decide whether to accept his resignation and declare his seat vacant.

Beathem has served three tenures on Ellsworth’s City Council, from 1985 to 1990, 1993 to 1999, and 2003 to present. This was Boucher’s first term.

Harold “Tug” White will have finished his term on RSU 24’s board, and has indicated he will not seek re-election. Seats on the board representing Franklin and Steuben also are open, and nomination papers are available at those respective town offices.

At the library, Jason Barrett and Ronald Fortier will face re-election on the board of trustees.

Residents interested in any of the above positions may pick up nomination papers at City Hall. They’ll have to collect 50-100 signatures to appear on November’s ballot, and papers must be returned by 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22.

Follow Mario Moretto on Twitter at @riocarmine.

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