June 21, 2018
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92-year-old resident seeks 13th consecutive term in Rockland elections

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — One incumbent city councilor will not be running for re-election while the second incumbent has yet to decide.

Nomination papers for municipal seats in Rockland will become available on Aug. 6 at City Hall.

The City Council seats held by Dr. Eric Hebert and Elizabeth Dickerson are up for election this year. Dickerson, a Democratic state representative who serves Rockland and Owls Head, said last week she will not be seeking a third consecutive term on the council. Dickerson is seeking re-election to the House District 93 seat and will face Republican James Kalloch on the fall ballot.

Hebert, who has served on the council since 2005, said last week he has not decided whether he will seek another term.

There is one seat representing Rockland on the Regional School Unit 13 board up for election this fall as well. That seat is held by Carol Bachofner.

Also open this year is the post held by Capt. Richard Spear on the Rockland Port District. Spear, 92, has served on the port district uninterrupted since 1954. The term is for five years. He has won election to the board of trustees for 12 consecutive terms.

Spear said Monday he would seek another term, joking that he might make a career of it.

Nomination papers must be turned into City Hall by Sept. 22 to be on the ballot for the Nov. 4 election.


Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated Elizabeth Dickerson is unopposed in the House District 93 race. Republican James Kalloch recently has withdrawn his withdrawal from the race.

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