Magjik to step down from council this month

By Stephen Betts | Sep 09, 2019
Amelia Magjik

Rockland — Rockland City Councilor Amelia Magjik is resigning from the council later this month, more than a month before her term was set to expire.

Magjik said she put her house up for sale and an offer was made that she could not turn down. The closing will occur Sept. 30. Magjik said she will be moving out of Maine.

The first-term councilor said she would not go into more detail about her reason for moving.

Magjik was elected in June 2017 in a special election to fill a vacancy created when Larry Pritchett resigned Feb. 1 of that year. Magjik defeated Stephen Carroll, 425 to 256.

She thanked the public for electing her.

"I hope I did the best job I could," she said.

She then quoted the late comedian Groucho Marx. "Hello, I must be going," she said.

Magjik said she would not accept her final check for serving on the council. Councilors are paid twice a year, for a total of $800 annually. The mayor receives a total of $1,000 during the year.

Magjik grew up in upstate New York, where she still has family.She lived in southern California and outside Seattle before moving to Rockland in August 2016. She is an artist who specializes in sculptures and painting. She earned a master's degree in psychology with a bachelor's degree in fine art. She also provides whole person wellness services.

She worked at Close to Home sandwich shop and later was office manager for a local construction company.

Magjik had announced last month that she would not seek reelection.

Voters will elect two councilors Nov. 5. The two people elected will be sworn into office Nov. 18.

Incumbent Ed Glaser, former school board member and retired firefighter Donald Robishaw Jr., and retired Coast Guardsman Ian Emmot have taken out nomination papers. Robishaw and Emmot have filed their papers and qualified for the ballot.

The deadline for candidates to file papers is Sept. 23.

Comments (6)
Posted by: Kendra Ruth Dawson | Sep 10, 2019 17:58

She meant well. The smartest person in the room.

Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Sep 10, 2019 12:42

No not sour grapes just something used sparingly in todays journalism "truth".  For years Mainers bitch about people from away coming to town and wanting to change everything.  Well folks we invite them in with open arms then complain when they do change things.  Can't have it both ways.  All the residents that come and complain about all the proposed zoning changes to accommodate more intown housing,  most are long time local residents trying to explain to all the council members that arn't from around here why they prefer to leave things the way they are.  I'm not making this stuff up, it's just the way it is like it or not.

Posted by: Robin Gabe | Sep 10, 2019 12:24

A little sour grapes, Stephen K.Carroll?

Posted by: Ananur Forma | Sep 10, 2019 11:48

I appreciate the work she did for us in Rockland. For sure a sincere caring person.

*Wishing you all the BEST life has to offer, Ameila.

Thank you for giving it your all.

Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Sep 10, 2019 07:51

OK so most of us have an excitement about getting the shiny new toy and as we all know after a short period of romance we generally return to our old favorites.  Amelia turned out to be Rockland's shiny new toy.  Having just moved here and changing her name, working in a sandwich shop and living in a rented apartment.  With no ties to the place and people she wished to represent. She did bring some fresh new ideas and worked well with the other councilors.

The nation also elected a shiny new toy and we can all see just how that is working out.  I wish Amelia happiness in her new endeavor and life where ever that may be, now can we all get back to work electing a candidate who knows and understands the people and the place we live.

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Sep 10, 2019 05:13

She was a breath of fresh air. Thank you, God, for bringing her to us for a little while. Bless her in her settling in elsewhere.

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