Hochman, Paradis elected to council



BAR HARBOR — Warrant Committee member Matt Hochman received the most votes in the five-way race for two open seats on the Town Council during annual town meeting balloting on Tuesday. His total was 527. Incumbent Paul Paradis got the second highest total at 445. They were declared elected.

Three other candidates were on the ballot for the two council seats. Peter Liscomb received 380 votes. Former Police Chief Nate Young, who has an active lawsuit against the town seeking his job back, got 293. Nic MacCulloch’s total was 161.

Matt Hochman ISLANDER FILE PHOTO

Matt Hochman ISLANDER FILE PHOTO

A total of 980 residents voted in Tuesday’s election, 23 percent of the 4,301 registered voters in the town.

Hochman said he was grateful to the residents who turned out to vote. “I’ll do my best to represent the citizens of Bar Harbor in a fair and transparent manner,” he said.

Hochman will replace councilor David Bowden, who did not run for re-election when his term ended this year.

Paradis, who has been the chair of the council for several years, begins his fourth full three-year term. He said he is grateful to have been re-elected. “I’m looking forward to the next three years. We’ve got a lot of exciting stuff” to work on, he said.

Two members were elected to the Superintending School Committee, which has responsibility for Conners Emerson School. Incumbent Kristi Losquadro received 756 votes. Declared write-in candidate Alexandra B. “Lilea” Simis received 119 votes.

Paul Paradis

Paul Paradis ISLANDER FILE PHOTO

Robert Webber, the only candidate for one seat representing Bar Harbor on the Mount Desert Island High School Board of Trustees, was elected with 730 votes.

A set of zoning changes to reinsert some land uses to the land use ordinance for three downtown districts passed. In proposing the changes, officials said the uses had been removed inadvertently when the districts were created. Farmer’s market, single- and two-family dwelling, home occupation and retirement community all were approved with about 800 votes in favor and fewer than 100 votes opposed. Only one use, auto sales lot and auto repair garage, received some opposition. Still, it passed 664-225.

Changes to sign regulations and the purview of the Design Review Board also were approved.

In the only other contested race, the Democratic Primary to see who will face off against incumbent state Sen. Brian Langley of Ellsworth in November in Senate District 7, former legislator Ted Koffmann of Bar Harbor got 356 votes to 165 for Moira O’Neill of Surry.

In the final vote total available late Wednesday, O’Neill appeared to be the clear winner with a total of 1,132 votes to Koffman’s 891.

The council was slated to hold an organizational meeting Wednesday evening to select a chairman, vice chairman and council representatives to various town committees and task forces.

Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor.

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