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MacLellan-Ruf seeks return to Rockland Council

By Stephen Betts | Sep 03, 2020
Louise MacLellan-Ruf

Rockland — Former Rockland Mayor Louise MacLellan-Ruf has become the fourth candidate for two open seats on the Rockland City Council.

MacLellan-Ruf took out nomination papers Sept. 2.

MacLellan-Ruf said she is running again for the same reason she did in 2013, because the City Council was not listening to its citizen committees and boards. She said when the Council ignores its committees, it is ignoring the community.

MacLellan-Ruf served one three-year term on the Council, being elected in November 2013. She was elected mayor by her council peers in November 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.

The two Council seats up for election are held by Mayor Lisa Westkaemper and Councilor Valli Geiger who have both announced they would not seek reelection.

The deadline to file nomination papers with the city clerk's office is Sept. 21 to get on the Nov. 3 municipal ballot.

Three other people have taken out papers in addition to MacLellan-Ruf.

Sarah 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.

Ian 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 this week he plans to open a distillery but it is still in the planning stages. Emmott served on the Rockland Port District.

Emmott has returned his papers.

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

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.

There is also a single five-year seat on the Rockland Port District. The seat is held by James Kalloch. No one has taken out papers.

Seats for election warden and a ward clerk are also up for a vote Nov. 3.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: ANANUR FORMA | Sep 03, 2020 17:52

Fantastic to hear this. Thank you, Louise for deciding to run for city council.

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