Rockland ballot takes shape as candidates file nomination papers

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff
Posted Sept. 18, 2013, at 12:58 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — Rockland’s municipal ballot is taking shape as the deadline for candidates to file nomination papers for the Nov. 5 election is only days away.

Incumbent City Councilor Larry Pritchett and former Mayor Hal Perry have filed their nomination papers and qualified to be on the fall ballot.

Harbor management commission member Louise MacLellan-Ruf and former council candidate Anne Haggar also have taken out papers for the two available council seats but have yet to file the papers. The deadline for candidates to file with the city clerk’s office is 4:30 p.m. Monday.

There are two seats up for a vote this fall to represent Rockland on the Regional School Unit 13 Board.

Incumbent Donald Robishaw Jr. and challenger Steven Roberts have filed papers to make the ballot. Incumbent William Pearce has taken out papers but not yet returned them.

The two incumbents for two Rockland Port District posts — Howard Edwards and Dan McNichol — have returned their papers to make the ballot.

City Clerk Stuart Sylvester said the city needs candidates for both the election warden and election ward clerk positions. These positions oversee voting on election days over the next year. The former office holders have not sought reelection, he said.

Candidates for warden and ward clerk need 13 signatures of registered Rockland residents to make the ballot. Council and school board candidates need 100 signatures.

Absentee ballots will be available 30 days before the Nov. 5 election.

The city also will have one referendum ballot article, asking voters whether they approve borrowing $586,000 for a salt and sand shed.

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