One seat contested in city council race
Belfast — In the Belfast City Council race, two councilors are stepping down, one incumbent is running for re-election unopposed, and two new nominees are vying for the Ward 5 seat.
Nominees for the Ward 5 seat are Kassie Merrill, a social worker, and John Arrison, who is semi-retired and serves as treasurer of the Greater Bay Area Ministerium's Food Cupboard and Interfaith Fuel Fund, among other community projects. Arrison ran for the Ward 5 seat in 2010 against Councilor Nancy Hamilton, who will not be running for re-election in November.
Current Ward 2 Councilor Roger Lee is stepping down and nominee Neal Harkness, chairman of the Waldo County Democrats, is running uncontested for his seat.
Harkness is also a volunteer driver for Waldo County CAP, and it is that role which inspired him to run for city council, he said.
"That got me seeing what's going on around town and the issues people are facing," Harkness said. "That is why I decided to run."
Ward 1 Councilor Mary Mortier is running for re-election unopposed.
At the Sept. 2 council meeting, after announcing that both Lee and Hamilton would be retiring from their positions, Councilor Mike Hurley said, "It is a tremendous loss; they are both great councilors.”
The Republican Journal will run profiles of the Ward 5 nominees in the coming weeks.