Rockland election season starts this week

Posted Aug. 05, 2013, at 9:50 a.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — Two incumbent Rockland city councilors said they are uncertain whether they will seek re-election while two sitting school board members announced they would run again.

The election season in Rockland officially begins on Thursday when nomination papers become available for candidates to circulate.

Two seats on the city council are up for election in November. They are currently held by Mayor Will Clayton and Councilor Larry Pritchett.

Clayton said Sunday he was still undecided about seeking another term

“I honestly haven’t decided yet,” Clayton said.

He said he was talking the matter over with his wife. Clayton noted his two children are older and he wants to make sure that he can balance his home responsibilities and city politics.

Pritchett said Friday he had not decided whether he would seek another term.

Clayton and Pritchett were elected to their first terms in 2010. Clayton was the top vote that year with 1,194 votes. Pritchett won with 1,139 votes after a recount reversed the original tally that showed him falling three votes short of Frank Isganitis.

Clayton was elected by his council peers in November to serve as mayor for 12 months.

There are also two school board seats up for election in November.

Both incumbent Regional School Unit 13 board members, William Pearce and Donald Robishaw Jr., said Friday they would be seeking re-election for three-year terms.

Pearce has served on the school board since being appointed by the city council to a vacant seat in December 2010. Pearce was elected to a two-year term in November 2011.

Robishaw was elected to a two-year term in 2011.

Pearce said his goal if he is elected to a three-year term would be to work toward making the schools more energy efficient to save money and be more environmentally responsive.

Robishaw said he wants to work to make building use more efficient in the district. He also wants the district to provide quality education at an affordable price.

The seats of Daniel McNichol and Howard Edwards Jr., on the Rockland Port District that are up for election are for five years.

Candidates have until Sept. 23 to file nomination papers with the city clerk with the signatures of at least 100 registered Rockland voters. The election is Nov. 5.

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