Former Mayor Clayton joins City Council race
Rockland — Former Mayor William Clayton has taken out nomination papers to possibly be placed on the November ballot for a seat on City Council.
Clayton, mayor from 2012-2013, is the second candidate to take out nomination papers.
Valli Geiger, who serves on the city's Economic Development Advisory Committee and is the chairman of the Comprehensive Planning Committee, took out papers on Aug. 28.
The two seats currently held by Elizabeth Dickerson and Eric Hebert will be open in November. Dickerson, who is also a state representative, has previously said she does not plan to run for reelection. As of Sept. 2, Clayton and Geiger are the only potential candidates for the open seats.
On Aug. 6, RSU 13 board member Carol Bachofner and Kyle Reniche both took out nomination papers to possibly be placed on the November ballot. Bachofner completes her current three-year term this fall. Reniche served as a social worker at South School until his position was eliminated as part of budget talks.
Richard Spear has taken out nomination papers to be considered for reelection to the Rockland Port District Board. The term is for five years.
The city is also hoping to fill two vacant positions: a one-year term for election warden and a one-year term for ward clerk. Chelsea Avirett has taken out papers for ward clerk.
Nomination papers are available at City Hall and are due Monday, Sept. 22. Those seeking a place on the ballot for City Council or school board must collect between 100 and 150 signatures. The remaining seats require 15 to 25 signatures.
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