ROCKLAND — A third candidate has taken out nomination papers to serve on the City Council.

Penelope York of Acadia Drive took out papers Friday, Aug. 26.

Penelope York

York joins incumbent Nathan Davis of Fulton Street and challenger Steven MacDonald of Old County Road in the race for two three-year seats on the City Council. Davis has turned in his papers.

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

York is senior vice president at Bank of America for large-scale enterprise technical projects and has been employed by the company for 20 years. She has lived in the Midcoast most of her life and graduated from Rockland District High School.

York said she wanted to focus on the housing shortage in the region. She pointed out the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic had on the housing supply and the subsequent impact on staffing shortages for local businesses. With the lack of action by the state, York said she wants the city to work toward sustainable housing for front-line workers, workers in general, and seniors.

And on the school board side of the election, a third candidate has taken out papers for one of three seats up for election in November.

Paul Coster of Main Street took out papers Aug. 25.

Paul Coster

He joins incumbent Jason White of Nevelson Street and Jessie Davis of Limerock Street in seeking to represent Rockland on the Regional School Unit 13 Board.

Coster said he is a former technology manager, investment banker, and recently retired. He said he still owns local businesses, and is actively involved in several commercial and residential real estate projects in the Midcoast.

He and his wife and have been permanent residents of Rockland since 2016.

“We care deeply about our adopted home town, and we would like to see it prosper for the benefit of all members of this diverse community (and those young people we hope to attract), Andy the school is a critical element in the attainment of that goal. I believe I have the time, experience, and skills needed to participate effectively in the School Board processes with an eye toward positive outcomes for our children, their parents, and the dedicated teaching staff, albeit balanced by the need for fiscal prudence and disciplined project execution,” Coster said.