Politics

  • Maine fisheries groups support DMR Commissioner Keliher

    Maine fisheries groups support DMR Commissioner Keliher

    ELLSWORTH — Who says miracles don’t happen? In what must be a first in modern history, virtually every commercial fishing organization in Maine joined together to urge Governor-elect Janet Mills to keep Patrick Keliher on the job as commissioner of Marine Resources after she takes office in January. First reported in the Maine Lobstermen’s Association’s

  • Recount affirms Blaisdell’s victory in Probate Judge race

    ELLSWORTH — Incumbent Republican candidate William B. Blaisdell IV has been confirmed as the winner of the Hancock County judge of probate race, based on the results of a ballot recount, according to Secretary of State Matt Dunlap. Blaidsell’s margin of victory narrowed from 57 votes, in the unofficial preliminary results following the election, to 25

  • Poliquin requests recount, raises idea of a new election

    Poliquin requests recount, raises idea of a new election

    ELLSWORTH — Attorneys for U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-Maine) have asked a federal judge to order a new election for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District even if the ranked choice voting system used to settle the election is found to be in compliance with the Constitution. The motion was filed late Tuesday night in Bangor, and

  • Recount scheduled in probate judge race

    Recount scheduled in probate judge race

    ELLSWORTH — One of a number of close contests in the Nov. 6 election was the race for Hancock County probate judge, which was decided by a tight margin. Republican Judge William Blaisdell IV won re-election with 13,903 votes while Democrat Lynne Williams, a Bar Harbor attorney, received 13,668. That’s a difference of 235 votes.

  • County treasurer race result remains uncertain

    ELLSWORTH — While the election was held Tuesday, the results of a contested, write-in race for the office of Hancock County treasurer may be weeks away. The office of treasurer is responsible for handling millions of dollars in public funds. Current County Treasurer Janice Eldridge is retiring Dec. 31. No one took out papers to

  • County treasurer race results uncertain

    ELLSWORTH — While the election was held Tuesday, the results of a contested, write-in race for the office of Hancock County treasurer may be weeks away. The office of treasurer is responsible for handling millions of dollars in public funds. Current County Treasurer Janice Eldridge is retiring Dec. 31. No one took out papers to

  • Foster, Blaisdell win

    ELLSWORTH — Republican incumbent Matt Foster appears to have won another four-year term as District 7 district attorney as of press time. In Hancock County, Foster took 13,956 votes. His challenger, Ellsworth attorney Steve Juskewitch, received 12,772. In Washington County, Foster had a solid lead as of press time with 4,961 votes to Juskewitch’s 3,526,

  • McDonald wins District 134

    McDonald wins District 134

    STONINGTON — Commercial lobsterman and new mom Genevieve McDonald (D) has defeated Philip Brady (R) for the District 134 seat in the House of Representatives. Walter Kumiega (D) currently holds the seat. “I’m excited to get to work,” McDonald said from Route 1 as she headed home on Wednesday. “I’m excited to serve under Maine’s

  • Luchini, Hubbell, McDonald win

    Luchini, Hubbell, McDonald win

    BAR HARBOR — Maine Democrats rode their own statewide blue wave to control of the 35-seat state Senate and 151-seat House Tuesday night. Turnout was very strong in every town in the Islander’s coverage area, exceeding the 2014 midterm elections, with 68 percent of the area’s 12,929 registered voters casting ballots. Clerks also reported a

  • Grohoski elected to District 132 seat

    Grohoski elected to District 132 seat

    ELLSWORTH — Democrat Nicole Grohoski was elected Tuesday to represent District 132 in the state House of Representatives. Grohoski received 2,377 votes to Republican Mark Remick’s 2,013, according to preliminary results. The seat is currently held by Rep. Louie Luchini (D-Ellsworth), who is term-limited. Luchini, a candidate for State Senate District 7, was leading in