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City Council 2020
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    October 27, 2020

    Smith seeks sustainable community, affordable housing

    Ryan Smith said he wants Rockland to be a sustainable community that is welcoming to all, and remains an accessible place to all people. Smith is one of five candidates seeking to serve on the Rockland City Council. There are two seats up for election Nov. 3. The Tea Street resident is a certified personal trainer, gardener and naturalist. He comes from a commercial fishing family and has lived in Rockland since ...

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    October 27, 2020

    MacLellan-Ruf wants Council to listen to committees

    Louise MacLellan-Ruf said she is running for the Rockland City Council for the same reason she did in 2013, because the City Council was not listening to its citizen committees and boards. MacLellan-Ruf is one of five candidates running for the City Council. There are two seats to be filled on the Nov. 3 ballot. "When the Council ignores its committees and commissions, it is ignoring the community," she said ...

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    October 27, 2020

    Lachman says affordability is key issue for Rockland

    Adam Lachman says housing affordability is, arguably, the most important issue facing Rockland. Lachman is one of five candidates running for the Rockland City Council. There are two seats up for the Nov. 3 election. "This goes to the heart of the identify of Rockland and who can afford to live here," Lachman said. He said the city needs to look at different incentives to private landlords and to use underused ...

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    October 27, 2020

    Emmott said effort to defund police spurred him to seek Council seat

    Ian Emmott said he decided to run again for the Rockland City Council because of his opposition to the petition drive to defund police. He said he was outraged by the petition. "We are very lucky to have the department we have," Emmott said during the Sept. 24 City Council candidates debate. "The sort of embracement of this petition sent a devastating blow to the rank and file of Rockland Police Department." Emmot...

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    October 27, 2020

    Austin wants to help navigate Rockland through the future

    Sarah Austin said her years of working aboard schooners is useful in serving the Rockland City Council if she is elected. "I think we can treat Rockland as a community, like a ship. We can disagree about things, we might be strangers at the beginning, but ultimately we can band together to get to our destination," Austin said during a Sept. 24 debate. Austin is one of five candidates seeking a seat on the City ...

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