ROCKLAND — A second candidate has stepped forward to fill three seats to represent Rockland on the regional school board.

Jessie Davis

Jessie Davis of Limerock Street took out nomination papers Monday, Aug. 22 for one of the three Regional School Unit 13 board seats up for election in Rockland.

Davis is executive director of the Strand Theater in Rockland. She has a bachelor’s of arts degree in human ecology from the College of the Atlantic. Davis is a 14th generation Mainer who grew up on Mount Desert Island, moved to the Midcoast in 2002, and has lived in Rockland for 17 years.

“Participating in the process of service to the greater good and community, one’s civic duty, isn’t an opportunity that’s easily available to all for a list of reason including, as in my own case, the demands of full-time work and parenthood. For many years I’ve been interested in and followed the efforts of those generous persons who have stepped forward to serve (mostly as volunteers) in positions of city government and on the school board knowing that someday, when a busy life allowed for it, it would be my time to step up and offer to join the efforts in building towards the future,” Davis said.

She and her husband have a daughter in high school.

“If elected I look forward to joining a terrific board team and lending my skills to support the work of the district’s amazing educators, support teams, administration and students. I’ve seen the work that these passionate people do and I’m motivated to keep our community heading in the right direction, supporting staff and students — not just as educators and learners, but also as whole people who deserve the opportunity to thrive in and out of school. The public school system in our community is a tremendous asset and our continued investment in the lives of our students is essential to the future for us all — students, parents, and educators but also every citizen of Midcoast Maine.

The only other person who has taken out papers for one of the trio of seats is incumbent Jason White of Nevelson Street. White was appointed to the seat last year by the Rockland City Council to serve until the next general election which is November 2022.

The terms of the school board seats are for three years. The two other school board seats up for election are held by Chelsea Avirett and David Martz. Avirett is not seeking re-election and Martz has not responded for comment but other sources say he will not be running for re-election.

Avirett was elected to a three-year term in 2019. Martz was appointed to the school board July 2021 by the City Council and then elected to a one-year seat Nov. 2021.

Nomination papers must be returned to City Hall Sept. 9 with signatures of at least 100 registered Rockland voters to be added to the Nov. 8 ballot.

If three candidates do not make the ballot, the City Council may appoint people to fill any vacancies. Those appointments would run through the next general election.

For the City Council, incumbent Councilor Nathan Davis of Fulton Street has taken out and returned his nomination papers to qualify for the Nov. 8 ballot. Davis is completing his first three-year term on the Council.

Steven MacDonald of Old County Road has also taken out papers but has not yet filed them for the two City Council seats up for election.