Official start of Rockland election season is Aug. 7

Glaser to seek reelection, Magjik will not

By Stephen Betts | Jul 31, 2019
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Rockland — Rockland City Councilor Edward Glaser said he will seek a second term this fall. The other incumbent whose term is up, Councilor Amelia Magjik, said she would not run for reelection.

Nomination papers for municipal seats become available Wednesday, Aug. 7. Candidates must collect at least 100 signatures of registered Rockland residents and file them with the city clerk by Sept. 23 to get on the Nov. 5 ballot.

Glaser is completing his first three-year term on the City Council. He was elected in 2016, receiving the most votes (1,623) in a four-way race for two seats.

He is the former longtime harbormaster for the city.

Magjik's term is also expiring. She was elected in a special election in June 2017 to fill the vacancy created when Larry Pritchett resigned in January of that year, less than three months after he won reelection.

Magjik said she was 110 percent certain she would not seek reelection.

There are five council seats.

On the school board side of the ballot, incumbents Gerald Weinand and Chelsea Avirett both 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.

Comments (4)
Posted by: Dale Hayward | Aug 02, 2019 04:49

Richard: How interesting your reply. I you noticed you stated the problems but you have no solutions. There have been people out there with a resolver attitude and the disposition and perseverance needed to deal with the naysayers on the council and in the community hoping to move forward. An optimistic person who wants to further their cause will be voted in by the majority of Rocklandia voters who are not even registered. Get it? It is not the majority that rules, it is the group that favors their own agenda proven time and time again. Want more drugs? Get folks who use them to register on voting day and their candidate will win. Get folks who want tiny houses strewed all over town and they will win. Get people with money to want to bring those fresh new ideas here from away and they will win. The theory here is a better mouse trap is needed because we keep catching the same old "hug a tree, lover everyone, and a pot on every street corner" instead of better roads, less taxes by cutting budgets, less new trucks, less payroll and benefits (rewarding only the working stiffs), and give a crap about senior citizens, keep them safe, healthy, and living in their homes. Politics is nasty at all levels. This community has not got it right for years because of special interest, favoritism, and by turning the other way when something is array. We got boondoggle on the Mt. Demo with the sweetheart deal, remember that? I will remind you of it, often. Remember the pot holes? Remember sending the city sweeper out when it was raining at 3 AM to provide some overtime. Did you know that Public Works/Landfill lets the employees cash in bottles and cans people turn in and keep some of the money. How in two or three months can this city raise such a reputation for throwing our trash away when a good part of it was not counted, as best I can tell, because on large commercial hauler can take their trash collected in Rocklandia in their truck to Portland cheaper, and we lost all that revenue. I would not give the sweat off the back side of a pig to even consider being a part of the dog and pony show, the one in Rocklandia not in Thomaston. I will probably die in my house because I can not afford to move but I will tell you that in my 39 years here, yes we have had improvements, but we have had some serious mistakes made that will never be public. Granted there are some things that keep us here, but you have to search and weed out the garbage. Richard: Please offer a better solution, I am tired of being the one that is always called negative, but, I do my homework, Sir. Regards, Dale Hayward

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Aug 01, 2019 05:10

I have no desire to step in the fire.  If you notice, I stated the problems, not the solutions. There is someone out there with a resolver attitude and the disposition and perseverance needed to put up with the naysayers while moving forward.  Am optimistic that person will show up on the ballot.

Posted by: Dale Hayward | Jul 31, 2019 21:31

Richard: You always seem to have the best ideas and praise everyone. Let's see you stand tall and run your self into this progressive council and see how far you get. No excuses, put up or take a break.

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Jul 31, 2019 19:44

Looking forward to seeing who steps forward. Appreciate that Ms. Magjik served as she did. Am sure she has found out a few things while being part of the progressive council.  Mr. Glaser will be a shoo in.  The person who comes in with positive ideas; instead of criticism; will have my vote.  There is a lot on the table with the dump, the public landing and repairing our infrastructure without another bond issue.

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