ELLSWORTH — Former Sheriff Bill Clark has announced his candidacy for the office of county commissioner for District 1.
Clark will seek the Republican nomination during the June primary.
District 1 encompasses townships 3, 4, 8, 39, 40, 41, 32, 34, 35, 28, 22, 15, 9, 10 and 7 as well as the following municipalities: Amherst, Aurora, Blue Hill, Fletchers Landing, Eastbrook, Ellsworth, Gouldsboro, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis, Sorrento, Waltham, Sullivan, Surry, Waltham and Winter Harbor.
Commissioner Steve Joy currently holds the District 1 office. His term expires Dec. 31.
Clark said in a press release, “I am presently retired after serving 34 years as the Hancock County sheriff and if elected, I will be the only person in recent memory who has served as a department manager for such a long period of time who went on to become a county commissioner.
“My extensive knowledge of county government and my excellent working relationship with the existing county employees and department heads will serve the county well,” Clark said.
“My immediate goals, if elected, are to promote sound financial policies, embrace a county administration system and to conduct county business in a more transparent manner, always adhering to Maine’s right-to-know,” Clark said.
“I am a lifelong county resident and have lived in Ellsworth for over 35 years, am married to the former Christy Brown of Ellsworth and have a son and two grandchildren living in Franklin,” he said.