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Lachman joins Rockland Council race

By Stephen Betts | Sep 18, 2020
Adam Lachman

Rockland — The number of potential candidates for the Rockland City Council has grown to six.

Adam Lachman of Main Street took out nomination papers late Thursday afternoon, Sept. 17.

Lachman said on his Facebook page that he is running for Rockland City Council to "bring effective listening, small business and economic experience to our city."

Since 2013,Lachman has served as a senior aide for U.S. Sen. Angus King, independent of Maine. Lachman currently serves on the Governor’s Economic Recovery Committee; a council of public and private sector leaders working to stabilize the state’s economy and advance future economic prosperity in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As someone who works to solve problems for Mainers and create opportunity, I recognize Rockland’s need for affordable housing, a thriving and sustainable business environment, reduction of tax burden on homeowners and businesses,and protection of our working waterfront and environment, while improving economic opportunity and affordability for all Rockland citizens," he said in a news release.

A graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., Lachman previously owned and operated small businesses on Vinalhaven and North Haven,, and has a background in hospitality, innovation, and renewable energy.

“I love Rockland and have lived in Midcoast Maine most of my life, with the past five years on Main Street," he said. "Rockland is a community with a rich history, incredible people, diversity,and amazing potential. As city councilor, I will hear and listen to the citizens of Rockland and will work to improve the dialogue between the council, city employees and the public.I would be honored to serve our city and bring effective listening, transparency, and economic development experience to the table.”

Lachman released the following platform:

Listen to the public and strengthen communication from City Council.

Bring small business, management, and economic development experience to support innovative growth that creates jobs and opportunities, reduces our tax burden,and sustains Rockland businesses.

Explore innovative uses of underutilized land and buildings in the City to support smart development and environmental sustainability,and work to increase both affordable and workforce housing.

Prioritize accountable, transparent, and effective governance and budgeting.

“Rockland stands to be the best version of itself, but only if we embrace our duty to manage the challenges we face.Are the challenges we face going to manage the city or will we manage those challenges?I want to hear your ideas how we can be most effective in ensuring Rockland is an affordable and vibrant place to live, with a favorable environment to start and grow a business, and is a community accessible to people of all age," he said.

As of Sept. 17, Ian Emmott, Sarah Austin, and Louise MacLellan-Ruf have returned nomination papers to the city clerk with sufficient signatures to get on the Nov. 3 ballot.

Ryan Smith of Tea Street took out nomination papers on Thursday, Sept. 17.

Melissa Byer of Pleasant Street took out nomination papers earlier this month but has not yet returned them.

Joseph Catalano Jr. announced Wednesday, Sept. 16 that he would not continue with his plans to run. He had taken out papers earlier this month but said a family matter is taking priority.

Signatures of at least 100 registered Rockland votes are needed. The deadline is 4:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21 to file completed nomination papers.

Emmott, of Talbot Avenue, served in the Coast Guard, including time in Rockland. He recently left his job with the Department of Veterans Affairs where he worked with disabled veterans. He said he plans to open a distillery but it is still in the planning stages. Emmott served on the Rockland Port District. He has been on the Rockland Historical Society Board since Nov 2017

Former Rockland Mayor MacLellan-Ruf  served one three-year term on the Council, being elected in 2013. She was elected mayor by her council peers in 2015. She did not seek reelection when her term expired in 2016.

The Pacific Street resident serves as chair of the Harbor Management Commission, a post she also held prior to serving on the Council. She also serves on the Harbor Trail Committee.

MacLellan-Ruf worked as a social worker and therapist when she lived in Massachusetts and Rhode Island before moving to Rockland.

Austin of Talbot Avenue is chair of the city's parks and recreation advisory committee. She works as an office manager for a local accounting firm. She is also on the board of directors of the non-profit organization One Less Worry which provides personal hygiene products to people served by the Area Interfaith Outreach.

Austin first came to Rockland 15 years ago when she served as a crew member on a sailing vessel and it stopped in port for repairs. She lived in other places before settling in Rockland in 2018, when she purchased a home.

The two seats being vacated are held by Mayor Lisa Westkaemper who is completing her first term and Councilor Valli Geiger who is running for the Maine House after nearing the end of two terms on the Council.

One of Rockland's five seats on the Regional School Unit 13 Board is also up for election Nov. 3. The seat is held by board member Carol Bachofner, who has taken out papers to seek reelection. No one else has taken out papers. Bachofner has yet to file her papers.

There is also a single five-year seat on the Rockland Port District. The seat is held by James Kalloch who is not seeking re-election to the five-year term. No one has taken out papers. If no one takes out papers for the port district seat, the City Council can appoint someone to fill the five-year term.

Seats for election warden and a ward clerk are also up for a vote Nov. 3. No one has taken out papers for those posts.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: George Terrien | Sep 20, 2020 16:26

Having known Adam for several years, aware of his quiet competence and thorough approach to all I have seen him undertake, I support his candidacy without qualification.  I believe that he will help Rockland continue to mature in the improvements it has created during the past few years, and urge all voters to learn about his accomplishments.  He is strong.

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