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Catalano enters race for Rockland City Council

By Stephen Betts | Aug 07, 2020
Courtesy of: Joseph Catalano Joseph Catalano

Rockland — A second candidate has taken out papers to serve on the Rockland City Council. Joseph Catalano Jr. took out nomination papers Aug. 5.

The deadline to file is Sept. 21 to get on the Nov. 3 ballot.

There are two Council seats up for election. The seats are held by Mayor Lisa Westkaemper and Councilor Valli Geiger. Geiger said she would not seek re-election because she is the Democratic nominee for the Maine House District 93 seat which represents Rockland and Owls Head at the State House in Augusta.

Westkaemper has not said whether she would seek re-election. Ian Emmott has also taken out papers for the Council.

Catalano is an information technology employee for the Owls Head Transportation Museum.

He lived in the Rockland area previously and founded and operated Get Wired LLC, a home electronic installation business from 2004 through 2008. He also operated the Italian restaurant LaFamiglia in 2006 and 2007.

Catalano served on the Chamber of Commerce at the time the Rockland-Thomaston Chamber merged with the Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville Chamber to form the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce. He also was a member of the Kiwanis and created the Haunted House that was set up at the Lincoln Street Center.

He returned to Rockland a year and a half ago and bought a home on Cedar Street earlier this year.

Catalano said he was running for the Council because it was time to get a business person back on the Board.

Also up for election is the Rockland seat on the Regional School Unit 13 Board held by Carol Bachofner. Bachofner took out papers this week to seek another term on the school board.

Bachofner has served on the RSU 13 Board since June 2011, when she was appointed by the City Council to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Steve Dyer. She was then elected in 2011, 2014 and 2017.

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Comments (3)
Posted by: stanley jefferson quinn | Aug 09, 2020 17:53

Glad to see Joe running , think he will do a great job , good luck !!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Aug 08, 2020 21:11

We got a business man  in the White House and look at the mess he has made. We need some common sense and people that know what they don't know.

Posted by: Midcoast Homes | Aug 08, 2020 11:09

So excited to see the new candidates! Thank you for stepping up!

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