ROCKLAND — Rockland residents will have choices to make for this year’s municipal election with four candidates seeking two seats up for election on Nov. 8.

The deadline for candidates to file their nomination papers was Friday, Sept. 9. Absentee ballots will be available in early October.

Making the ballot are incumbent Councilor Nate Davis of Fulton Street; and challengers Adam Lachman of Main Street, Steven MacDonald of Old County Road, and Penelope York of Acadia Drive. Both seats are for three years.

Davis is completing his first three-year term on the Council.

Lachman has served as a senior economic advisor to independent U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine, and has previously owned and operated small businesses in the Midcoast. In addition, Lachman helps manage Ada’s Kitchen, a family-owned restaurant on Main Street.

MacDonald served as the director of the wastewater treatment plant for Rockland from when it opened in the late 1970s until about 2000.

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.

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

Jessie Davis

Paul Coster

On the school board side of the election, three candidates filed 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.

White and Davis are seeking three-year seats and Coster is seeking a two-year seat.

White was appointed to the school board last year by the Rockland City Council to serve until the next general election which is November 2022.

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.

Coster is a former technology manager, investment banker, recently retired. He still owns local businesses, and is involved in several commercial and residential real estate projects in the Midcoast. He is also a furniture-maker. He and his wife have been permanent residents of Rockland since 2016.

Incumbent Board members Chelsea Avirett and David Martz did not seek re-election. Rockland has a total of five members on the 10-member RSU 13 Board but the terms of the other two are not up this year.