There will be at least two newcomers on the Ellsworth City Council next month — and possibly three — after the Nov. 5 election.
Marc Blanchette, the current council chairman, is running for another three-year term on the seven-seat board, but two other incumbent councilors — Gary Fortier and Dawn Ihle Hudson — have opted not to seek re-election. Fortier has served on the council for 25 of the past 28 years, while Hudson is finishing up one term on the board after first being elected in 2016.
Gene Lyons, who ran unsuccessfully for the council in 2017 and again in 2018, is running this year while three other candidates are making their first attempt: Edward “Mathias” Kamin III, Michelle R. Kaplan and Robert P. “Bob” Miller. In all, there are five candidates running for three available seats. Aside from Blanchette, none has held prior public elective office.
All five candidates told the Bangor Daily News that they support continuing development in Ellsworth, which is a regional service center for communities throughout Hancock County and parts of Washington County, but they differ slightly on how the city could support economic growth.
A news reporter in coastal Maine for more than 20 years, Bill Trotter writes about how the Atlantic Ocean and the state's iconic coastline help to shape the lives of coastal Maine residents and visitors....
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