Rockland council candidates agree to debate

Posted Sept. 24, 2012, at 6:24 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — The three candidates seeking a single seat on the Rockland City Council have agreed to a debate.

Mayor Brian Harden and challengers Frank Isganitis and Dale Hayward filed their nomination papers and made the Nov. 6 ballot. The deadline for filing papers was Monday.

The three have agreed to participate in a candidates night organized by the Bangor Daily News. The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, in the council chambers at Rockland City Hall. The public is encouraged to attend and pose their questions to the three people seeking the seat.

The debate also will be broadcast live on the government access channel and rebroadcast before the election.

Harden has served four consecutive terms on the city council. Isganitis is co-owner and operator of the Limerock Inn in Rockland. Isganitis ran for the council two years ago, initially was declared the winner but lost in a recount. Hayward has sought the council unsuccessfully on two prior occasions including three years ago against Harden.

There is no contest for two seats to represent Rockland on the Regional School Unit 13 board. Incumbent Esther “Tess” Kilgour, who serves as the board’s chairwoman, and former school board member Nancy Jeffers have filed their nomination papers to make the ballot. The other incumbent, whose term is expiring in November, Brian Messing, did not seek re-election.

Doug Curtis Sr. is unopposed for another term on the Rockland Port District.

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