May 26, 2018
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Deadline nears for candidates to get on Rockland ballot

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — With less than two weeks to go for candidates to get on the Nov. 6 ballot, there has been little change in the election slate for either the City Council or school board since the opening days of the campaign.

Rockland Mayor Brian Harden has filed his nomination papers and qualified to get on the Nov. 6 ballot. Frank Isganitis, an owner and operator of the Limerock Inn, has taken out papers but has yet to return them.

Isganitis said Wednesday he would be submitting his papers before the deadline.

Both Harden and Isganitis took out nomination papers five weeks ago when they became available to circulate for the single council seat that is up for grabs.

The filing deadline is Monday, Sept. 24.

Harden is seeking a fifth consecutive three-year term on the City Council. He was first elected in 2000 and has served as mayor four times — in 2005, 2006, 2010 and 2011.

Isganitis ran for the council in 2010 and was initially declared the winner but after a recount, he fell three votes short to Larry Pritchett.

On the school board side of the ballot, two people have qualified for two seats.

Incumbent Esther “Tess” Kilgour and former school board member Nancy Jeffers have turned in their nomination papers.

Kilgour is chairwoman of the Regional School Unit 13 board. Jeffers formerly served on the School Administrative District 5 board which later merged with SAD 50 to form RSU 13.

Brian Messing, whose seat is one of the two up for election, has not taken out papers. He said last month he planned to take out papers but was unsure whether he would file.

Doug Curtis Sr. is seeking re-election to the Rockland Port District. There are no challengers.

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