ROCKLAND, Maine — Four candidates — a Republican and three Democrats from Rockland — have announced plans to run for the Maine House seat vacated by Democratic Rep. Elizabeth Dickerson. The Maine Green Independent Party also has indicated it expects to field a candidate.
Regional School Unit 13 Board Chairman Steve Roberts, RSU 13 Board member Carol Bachofner and veteran retired educator Ralph Newbert announced this week they would seek the Democratic nomination.
James Kalloch of Rockland announced Wednesday he would seek the Republican nomination. Kalloch, who operates Penobscot Bay Ferry and Transport out of Rockland, narrowly lost (1,744 to 1,612) to Dickerson in November.
Roberts has been chairman of the school board since February 2014 after being elected to the board in November 2013. He is a retired mechanical engineer and does business consulting.
Bachofner is Rockland’s poet laureate. She was appointed to the RSU 13 board in June 2011 by the Rockland City Council and then was elected that November to a three-year term. She was re-elected in 2014 for another three years.
Newbert has been in education in public schools and at the University of Maine for more than 40 years. A graduate of Rockland District High School, he served as special education director in the Rockland-area school system for several years starting in 2008.
Tom MacMillan, who is on the state committee for the Maine Green Independent Party, said Wednesday that the party plans to recruit a candidate for the election.
Dickerson, who was sworn in last month to a second term, announced Sunday she was resigning this week from the Maine House District 93 seat. The district encompasses Rockland and Owls Head. Dickerson cited personal and professional reasons for her decision and has moved to Colorado.
The governor has the authority to call a special election, which Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap said generally takes 45 to 90 days to hold. The recognized parties will have to hold caucuses to select their nominee for the ballot.
Candidates not enrolled in a political party also can run by circulating petition papers.