ROCKLAND — A third candidate came forward to represent Rockland on the regional school board. If all three file their nomination papers by Monday, Sept. 20, they would fill the trio of seats up for the election Nov. 2.

Jason White of Nevelson Street took out papers last week for one of two three-year seats up for a vote at the November election. White is a social worker with Maine Behavioral Health.

On Sept. 13, Kelli McCannell of Cedar Street took out papers for a three-year seat.

McCannell and he family moved to Rockland in December 2020. Her job as a non-profit executive with Hardy Girls, Healthy Women can be done remotely and her husband runs the Penobscot Bay Language School in Rockland. Their two oldest children are at Oceanside Middle School and South School. Their youngest child will be at South School next year.

“I’ve been in nonprofits for a couple decades and like being a part of getting folks the resources they need. My current nonprofit engages young people in social action and I teach my own children the same. I believe in youth leadership and that those who will be affected by policies to be the most necessary voices at the table to make those policies. The other day, I wrote the superintendent and assistant superintendent to thank them for all their communication and the mask mandate they alerted families to. It occurred to me they may not get much positive feedback from people who agree with what they are doing. I took that reasoning to the next level with the school board. I don’t want to be someone in the audience who complains – I’d rather work to provide a safe, inclusive, healthy environment for the kids of our community,” McCannell said.

The two seats are being vacated by incumbent Regional School Unit 13 board members Tom Peaco and Doug Curtis Jr., who said they would not run again.

Rockland has five seats on the 10-member RSU 13 Board. The election is Nov. 2 although absentee ballots will be available during the previous month leading up to election day.

David Martz, who was appointed in July to the seat vacated earlier this year by Gerald Weinand, took out papers for the remaining one-year on the seat he now holds. Martz also filed his papers and qualified for the ballot.

The deadline to file papers to get on the Nov. 2 ballot is Sept. 20.

Three people also took out papers for a single Rockland City Council seat.

Councilor Ben Dorr of James Street, Henry Hustus III of North Main Street and Nicole Lynn Kalloch of South Main Street took out papers for the single seat. No one filed any papers as of Friday morning.

Dorr is the co-owner/operator of Curator on Main Street. He is completing his first three-year term on the Council.

Hustus is superintendent of the Rockland Cemetery Association, which oversees four local cemeteries. He also operates a home occupation as a gunsmith.

Kalloch is plant manager at Sierra Peaks manufacturing plant on Pleasant Street in Rockland and is also office manager for her husband’s contracting business — J.K. Kalloch.

One seat on the Rockland Port District is also up for election. A seat held by Noah Barnes is up for election. The term is for five years. Barnes took out papers.

If someone wants to be considered as a write-in candidate for the Nov. 2 election, they must file a declaration of write-in candidacy with the city clerk by the same Sept. 20 deadline.