ROCKLAND — Rockland Mayor Ed Glaser is running for the Knox County Commission and will not seek re-election to the City Council.

Glaser filed a formal declaration to run as a write-in candidate for the June 14 Democratic primary for the County Commissioner District I seat that represents Rockland, South Thomaston, Thomaston, and St. George.

The redistricted seat will be an open one with incumbent Commission Chair Dorothy Meriwether of South Thomaston not seeking re-election to the Commission.

Glaser will need 100 votes at the polls June 14 to have his name on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. In addition to writing in his name, voters must check the box next to where they write in his name.

No other Democrats have filed to run for the seat nor have any Republicans or independents filed for the seat. Unenrolled candidates have until June 1 to file nomination papers to get on the November ballot.

Glaser said he had already planned not to run again for the City Council and considered running for the County Commission but waited to see if anyone else would be seeking the office.

The term is for four years. There are three county commissioners.

The longtime Rockland resident said he wants to improve the relationship between municipalities and county government. He said municipalities will increasingly find it difficult to fill positions, such as police, fire, and emergency medical services and if there is a better relationship between the municipalities and county government, the county could play a greater role in trying to solve regional problems.

Glaser, who served on the Knox County Charter Commission said he would like to see the charter changed to expand the commission from three to five members. He said that would give less populated communities more of a voice in county government and could lead to better cooperation between local and county government. The charter, developed by the commission, was approved by voters in November 2004.

Glaser also served on the Knox County Budget Committee before being elected to the City Council.

The Rockland man said he wants to hear from anyone who has ideas on how to make county government work better.

Glaser has served two three-year terms on the City Council and has been elected by his council peers as mayor for the past two years. He is a former schooner captain and was Rockland’s harbormaster from 2004 through 2015.

A return of civility to the City Council is what he is most proud of having occurred in the past six years on the Board. In addition, he said Rockland has become a model for other small-sized cities in Maine and people want to move here.