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Robishaw, Emmott seek Rockland City Council seats

By Stephen Betts | Aug 09, 2019
Ian Emmott, left; and Donald Robishaw Jr.

Rockland — Two people have taken out nomination papers forseats on the Rockland City Council.

Former school board member Donald Robishaw Jr. and current Port District Trustee Ian Emmott have taken out papers for the pair of three-year seats.

The seats are currently held by Councilors Ed Glaser and Amelia Magjik. Glaser has said he will run for reelection, while Magjik said she would not seek another term.

Robishaw served on the Regional School Unit 13 Board from 2011 to 2016. He served on the Rockland Fire Department from 1978, when he was a call division member, becoming a full-time member in 1980, until he retired in 2014.

Emmott served in the Coast Guard, including time in Rockland, and now works for the Department of Veterans Affairs, working with disabled veterans. He said he has enjoyed his time on the Port District and would like to give more time on the council.

He said Rockland has a lot of momentum and he would like to be part of serving the community. He added that he will have an open ear and no agenda.

He and his wife are expecting their first child at any time.

The deadline for candidates to file nomination papers with at least 100 signatures of registered voters is Sept. 23.

On the school board side of the ballot, incumbents Gerald Weinand and Chelsea Avirett both have said they would be seeking reelection.

Weinand was elected to a three-year term in 2016. He is an architect.

Avirett was appointed in November 2018 by the City Council to serve a one-year term when no candidate sought it in last year's election. She is a local freelance writer and teacher.

Rockland has five members on the 10-member RSU 13 Board, which also covers Thomaston, Owls Head, South Thomaston and Cushing.

There are also two seats up for election for the Rockland Port District -- the five-year seat currently held by Emmott and a vacant four-year seat.

Emmott was elected last year to the one year remaining on the term of former Trustee Capt. Richard Spear, who died in May 2018.

There are also seats on the ballot for election warden and ward clerk.

The election is Nov. 5.

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Comments (3)
Posted by: Melissa Byer | Aug 14, 2019 09:37

We need to get locals back in office. We need people with some common sense.  It is time to stop trying to make this town something it is not. We do not need any more art galleries. We need industries that will bring taxable money to this town!

Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Aug 11, 2019 09:02

Donny will help correct the sharp left turns and bring some common sense and fiscal responsibility  back to this council.  He has my vote.

Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Aug 10, 2019 08:06

I'll vote for the native.

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