Still no candidates for two seats on Rockland Port District

Davis takes out papers for Rockland council seat

By Stephen Betts | Sep 16, 2019
Nathan Davis

Rockland — Nathan Davis, who volunteers on multiple city committees and is a founder of an entrepreneurial center in Rockland, has taken out nomination papers for the Rockland City Council.

Davis took out nomination papers Monday, Sept. 16.

Davis said he might withdraw from the race if another candidate emerges this week, but that he is beginning to collect signatures.

The deadline for filing nomination papers to get on the Nov. 5 ballot is Monday, Sept. 23.

Davis is the chief technology officer and co-founder of Steel House, a center for design, technology and education, located on Main Street.

The Fulton Street resident serves on the Energy Advisory Committee, and the Board of Assessment Review.

There are two seats up for election -- those held by Councilors Ed Glaser and Amelia Magjik. Magjik is resigning from the council at the end of the month and said she plans to move out of Maine.

Glaser, a former longtime harbormaster; retired firefighter Donald Robishaw Jr., and retired Coast Guardsman Ian Emmot have taken out and filed their nomination papers to qualify for the ballot.

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 from the full-time staff in 2004. He remains a captain and safety officer in the call division.

Robishaw said he had served the community since he got out of high school -- both with the fire department and youth coaching -- and wants to continue that service on the City Council.

Emmott served in the Coast Guard, including time in Rockland, and now works with disabled veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs. He said he had 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.

On the school board side of the ballot, incumbents Gerald Weinand and Chelsea Avirett have taken out papers. Neither had returned papers as of Monday, Sept. 16.

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. No one has taken out papers for either of those seats.

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

Comments (1)
Posted by: Kendall Merriam | Sep 17, 2019 13:47

Why did the candidate change his posted photo? Isn't he also the businessman who received the city's contract to update the Rockland city government website?

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