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

Adam Lachman of Main Street took out nomination papers Tuesday, Aug. 30.

Lachman joins incumbent Nathan Davis of Fulton Street, Steven MacDonald of Old County Road, and Penelope York of Acadia Drive in the race for two three-year seats on the City Council. Davis and MacDonald have turned in their 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.

Lachman has served as a senior economic advisor to independent U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine.

“As someone who works to solve problems for Mainers and create economic opportunity, I recognize Rockland’s urgent need to address the challenges of affordability, the need to increase access to housing, and to improve our city’s infrastructure,” Lachman said in a news release.

Since 2019, he pointed out, he has regularly attended City Council meetings and has a strong grasp of the critical issues facing Rockland.

“I have listened as residents have voiced concerns during public comment and around town about our need for forward-thinking ideas as it relates to revenue generation. As a city councilor, I would work to support and enhance our revenue strategies and encourage the city council to consider the economic impacts of policy decisions. We need to work tirelessly to reduce the tax burden on homeowners and businesses in our city,” Lachman said.

“Rockland faces a crisis – from a lack of housing for young families and seniors, to small businesses who lack workforce, to vulnerable infrastructure. We need a plan to prioritize these issues while protecting Rockland’s history, integrity, and future,” he said.

A graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., Lachman previously owned and operated small businesses in the Midcoast and has a background in hospitality, innovation and management. Lachman said he has played an instrumental role in writing legislation for the U.S. Senate that is “investing in our country’s infrastructure and improving economic competitiveness, and has established successful coalitions in Maine to strengthen the future of the state’s forest, marine, and innovation economy.”

In addition to his role in the U.S. Senate, Lachman helps manage Ada’s Kitchen, a family-owned restaurant on Main Street.

“I love Rockland and have lived in Midcoast Maine most of my life, with the past seven years on Main Street. Rockland is a community with a rich history, incredible people, and potential. I look forward to bringing my experience to ensure the city remains accessible to all and to support our small businesses, our working waterfront, and to increase opportunity for people of all ages. Helping run Ada’s, I see firsthand the struggles and opportunities our community faces. I hear from my colleagues about these affordability challenges and look forward to bringing pragmatic solutions to Rockland. As city councilor, I will listen to the citizens of Rockland and will work to improve the communication between the council, city employees and the public to ensure we prioritize issues that will strengthen our city. I would be honored to serve Rockland and bring effective listening, transparency, and economic experience to the table,” he said.

On the school board side of the election, three candidates have taken out papers for three seats up for election in November. Incumbent Jason White of Nevelson Street, Jessie Davis of Limerock Street and Paul Coster of Main Street are seeking to represent Rockland on the Regional School Unit 13 Board.