ROCKLAND — Nomination papers for City Council and school board seats can be taken out beginning Monday, July 11.

There are two seats for the City Council and three to represent Rockland on the Regional School Unit 13 Board that will be on the Nov. 8 ballot. Nomination papers must be returned by Sept. 9 with the signatures of at least 100 registered Rockland voters to get on the ballot.

The two Council seats are held by Mayor Ed Glaser and Councilor Nate Davis. Glaser announced he will not seek a third consecutive three-year term but will instead seek to serve on the Knox County Commission.

Davis said Wednesday, July 6, he would seek re-election to a second three-year term. He cited three objectives he would like to see achieved over the next three years. He took out papers on July 11.

“I want to continue to reform our overly restrictive, ahistorical zoning,” Davis said. “It inhibits both residential and commercial development and thereby contributes to making Rockland unaffordable for working people and young people. The City is currently engaged in a clarifying edit of our sprawling, messy zoning code, and once this is complete, I hope that we can move fast to make it simpler, fairer, and more oriented to the future than the past. The new Comprehensive Plan will provide a valuable guide in this regard. Zoning reform isn’t a silver bullet, but it will lead to more housing and a broader tax base, both of which are vital to Rockland’s future prosperity.“I had grand plans for public engagement at the start of my first term, but I was elected a few months before the pandemic, which scrambled the way we conducted public meetings and municipal business generally. Now that the pandemic is receding, I would like to revisit and strengthen our processes of public engagement. This includes making our public meetings more participatory and accessible, disseminating useful information faster and more widely, and attempting experiments like Maine’s first participatory budgeting process, which will soon begin here in Rockland,” he said.“Before I was elected to my first term, the City Council passed a set of ambitious climate goals. Rockland has made real progress towards these goals, and City staff deserve a great deal of credit for this. But we — along with most of the rest of the world — are moving too slowly. Large majorities of Americans support action on climate change, and the people of Rockland are no different. We can do much more, but it will take coordinated action among the City Council, staff, our municipal boards, commissions, and committees, property and business owners, volunteers, and nonprofits.

“Opportunities for such action include residential weatherization, heat pump installation, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, electric vehicle charging stations, and development that doesn’t rely on cars. Some opportunities will save money, and some will cost money, but if we feel any responsibility at all towards our future and that of the rest of humanity, we must move faster,” Davis concluded.

School board seats

Three seats to represent Rockland on the 10-member Regional School Unit 13 Board are up for election.

The seats are held by Chelsea Avirett, David Martz, and Jason White.

Avirett said she would not seek re-election. Avirett was first appointed in November 2018 by the City Council to fill a vacancy on the school board. She was elected to a three-year term in 2019.

Martz was appointed to the school board in July 2021 by the Rockland City Council and then was elected to a one-year seat in November 2021. White was appointed by the Council last year to fill the seat until November 2022.

Emails were sent to Martz and White on Wednesday, July 11, asking if they would seek re-election.

White said he would seeking election to the seat in November and planned on taking out his papers on Monday or Tuesday.

Martz has not yet responded.

RSU 13 Board members Chelsea Avirett and David Martz.