Former Mayor Clayton joins City Council race

By Tina Swanson | Sep 03, 2014

Rockland — Former Mayor William Clayton has taken out nomination papers to possibly be placed on the November ballot for a seat on City Council.

Clayton, mayor from 2012-2013, is the second candidate to take out nomination papers.

Valli Geiger, who serves on the city's Economic Development Advisory Committee and is the chairman of the Comprehensive Planning Committee, took out papers on Aug. 28.

The two seats currently held by Elizabeth Dickerson and Eric Hebert will be open in November. Dickerson, who is also a state representative, has previously said she does not plan to run for reelection. As of Sept. 2, Clayton and Geiger are the only potential candidates for the open seats.

On Aug. 6, RSU 13 board member Carol Bachofner and Kyle Reniche both took out nomination papers to possibly be placed on the November ballot. Bachofner completes her current three-year term this fall. Reniche served as a social worker at South School until his position was eliminated as part of budget talks.

Richard Spear has taken out nomination papers to be considered for reelection to the Rockland Port District Board. The term is for five years.

The city is also hoping to fill two vacant positions: a one-year term for election warden and a one-year term for ward clerk. Chelsea Avirett has taken out papers for ward clerk.

Nomination papers are available at City Hall and are due Monday, Sept. 22. Those seeking a place on the ballot for City Council or school board must collect between 100 and 150 signatures. The remaining seats require 15 to 25 signatures.

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Comments (6)
Posted by: David E Myslabodski | Sep 04, 2014 11:41

Hi there P T,


Three Amigos . . . Funny!


Not really, I would not mind finding 3 sombreros and 3 burros and pointing the way out of town.


It is up to Rockland voters to show them the way . . .

Posted by: Nina Reed | Sep 04, 2014 09:52

I been here all my life and only changes i have seen is from bad to worse. Rockland will never change. there will always be the three amigos and taxes will always go up. if i had a choice i would get out of this place. Patricia Williams

Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Sep 04, 2014 09:46

You've joking right, Maggie!!

Posted by: Sandra Schramm | Sep 03, 2014 13:51

"When nothing changes, nothing changes."  Do people even care that Rockland is running with a great deal of red ink and deficits? Do they care who the city contracts with for the landfill or how much TIF money is being returned to businesses and now they want to give TIF money for homes. Or that that dog story persisted for months at Snow Marine Park when they knew all along there were broken sewer pipes. 



Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Sep 03, 2014 13:04

YEA!!!!  Best news I have seen today. A fine gentleman with much wisdom and ability to work together towards common goals.

Posted by: Amy Files | Aug 29, 2014 09:57

It is very exciting that Valli Geiger has decided to run for Council -- she is a smart, thoughtful, and honest person who is truly passionate about making Rockland a great place to work & live. I will be helping gather nomination signatures for her -- if anyone is interested in helping her campaign -- please contact me!

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