Rockland council race starts in March

By Stephen Betts | Feb 15, 2017

Rockland — The race for a vacant City Council seat will begin in mid-March, when nomination papers become available.

The Rockland City Council voted 4-0 Tuesday night, Feb. 14, to hold a special election Tuesday, June 13, to fill the seat vacated two weeks ago by the resignation of Councilor Larry Pritchett.

Candidates will have 45 days to collect the signatures of 100 registered Rockland voters to get on the ballot. Absentee ballots will be available in mid-May.

Pritchett resigned Feb. 1, saying the reason was that he had struggled to find the time and emotional energy for the post since his mother's death last summer.

Pritchett's resignation was the fourth time that a councilor has left in mid-term since the City Council/city manager form of government was created in 1946. William Jillson resigned in March 2016 after being elected in November 2015. James Thompson resigned in February 2008 after being elected in November 2007. And Gary Fowlie resigned in 1981 after being elected a year earlier.

Stephen Carroll said Wednesday he was not sure if he would run for the vacant seat. Carroll finished a close third in the November election won by Ed Glaser and Pritchett. Carroll received 1,348 votes and Brian Harden 1,245 in the four-person race for two seats.

Comments (5)
Posted by: Maggie Trout | Feb 16, 2017 00:42

But, D.M. Rockland extends out to the Warren line.. 

Posted by: David E Myslabodski | Feb 15, 2017 23:02

Hi there F M Jr & M T,


Lately I have been also wondering about the old Ward System for Rockland . . . South end, North end, Industrial Park, Working waterfront . . . And what about a minimum requirement of residency . . . .


Posted by: James Clinton Leach | Feb 15, 2017 19:02

My vote is for Francis Mazzeo....what do you say

Posted by: Maggie Trout | Feb 15, 2017 12:59

Mr. Mazzeo's point is well-taken.  Rockland extends far beyond the immediate city limits.  What I was told when I inquired about the old Ward system, was that, "It didn't work."  Might you elaborate?

Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Feb 15, 2017 12:12

We don't need three councilors living within a half mile of one another. That may have been why we had Wards back in the fifties.

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