Incumbent school board reps also seek re-election

Three seek two Rockland council seats

By Stephen Betts | Sep 03, 2019
From left, Ian Emmott, Donald Robishaw Jr., and Ed Glaser.

Rockland — With less than three weeks until the deadline to get on the Nov. 5 ballot, three people have taken out papers to fill two seats on the Rockland City Council.

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 returned his nomination papers on Friday, Aug. 30.

The deadline to file papers at the city clerk's office with the signatures of at least 100 registered Rockland voters to get on the ballot is Sept. 23.

The seats are currently held by Councilors Ed Glaser and Amelia Magjik. Magjik said she would not seek another term.

Robishaw served on the Regional School Unit 13 Board from 2011 to 2016. He served on the Rockland Fire Department from 1978, when he was a call division member, becoming a full-time member in 1980, until he retired from the full-time staff in 2004. He remains a captain and safety officer on the call division.

Robishaw said he has served the community since he has gotten out of high school -- both with the fire department and youth coaching -- and wants to continue that service on the City Council.

Emmott served in the Coast Guard, including time in Rockland, and now works for the Department of Veterans Affairs, working with disabled veterans. He said he has enjoyed his time on the Port District and would like to give more time on the council.

He said Rockland has a lot of momentum and he would like to be part of serving the community. He added that he will have an open ear and no agenda.

Glaser served as harbor master for Rockland for 12 years and previously has been a schooner captain. He successfully ran for the council in 2016.

On the school board side of the ballot, incumbents Gerald Weinand and Chelsea Avirett have taken out papers.

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.

There are also two seats up for election for the Rockland Port District -- the five-year seat currently held by Emmott and a vacant four-year seat. No one has taken out papers for those seats.

Emmott was elected last year to the one year remaining on the term of former Trustee Capt. Richard Spear, who died in May 2018.

There are also seats on the ballot for election warden and ward clerk.

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