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    October 26, 2013

    For mayoral candidate O'Connor, communication is key

    Jim O'Connor describes himself as a man who comes from an extensive background as a self employed small business owner, experience he said he hopes to bring to the mayor's position if voters choose him for the job. "I'm not a politician, and I've never run for public office before except for two years ago when I ran against Mr. Ash," said O'Connor during an interview with The Republican Journal Wednesday, Oct. ...

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    October 26, 2013

    Burpee wants Belfast to feel young again

    Thomas Burpee says if elected Mayor he would put Belfast on a course for the future by focusing on jobs and education, while preserving the city's history and character. Burpee is a 2008 graduate of Belfast Area High School and co-owner of Bay Taxi for the last five years. He said both his recent experience in the Belfast school system and his experience as a small business owner will help him create opportunities...

  • Published
    October 26, 2013

    Ash sets sights on future of Belfast

    Long-time Belfast resident, business owner and incumbent mayor, Walter Ash Jr. is looking to serve the city for a fourth term as he prepares to face off against two challengers during November's election. Ash, owner of Eastside Garage, is no stranger to local government having gotten his start serving on the city's comprehensive plan committee in the '80s. Following that stint, Ash discovered his appetite for ...

  • Published
    November 13, 2012

    Jones wins House District 45 seat after recount

    A recount for the House District 45 seat is complete with Democrat Brian Jones beating Incumbent Republican Rep. Ryan Harmon by a vote of 2,253 to 2,222. Unofficial results showed Jones beating Harmon by a vote of 2,252 to 2,219, according to previously published state results. Under state statute, a candidate must request a recount within five business days of the election from the Secretary of State’s Office, ...

  • Published
    November 11, 2012

    Maine Senate Republicans elect new leaders

    Senate Republicans elected two new leaders following the results of the Nov. 6 elections. In an unusual show of caucus solidarity, incoming Senate Republicans unanimously elected Senator Mike Thibodeau (R-Waldo) as Senate Republican Leader and Roger Katz (R-Kennebec) as Assistant Republican Leader. Newly elected Republican Leader Mike Thibodeau stressed the opportunities the new caucus has going forward to shape ...

  • Published
    November 7, 2012

    In rematch of 2002 race, Michaud emerges as winner

    In the contest for the second congressional district seat between U.S. Congressman Michael Michaud, D-East Millinocket, and State Sen. Kevin Raye, R-Eastport, voters supported Michaud, 11,642 to 7,900. According to archives at The Republican Journal, the contest was a rematch between the two candidates after Michaud narrowly defeated Raye for the same congressional seat in 2002. Michaud's campaign website states ...

  • Published
    November 7, 2012

    Burnham, Palermo weigh in on local ballot issues

    Voters in Burnham and Palermo were asked to vote on a handful of local issues, which included the sale of former school property and changing the cost-sharing method for the school district. Burnham Voters were asked to approve or reject a proposal to sell the former Burnham Village School facility, as well as to approve or reject a proposal to convert the facility into a Town Office and Community Center: "Shall ...

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    November 7, 2012

    Mortier wins City Council Ward 1 seat by narrow margin

    The battle for the Ward 1 City Council seat ended with Mary Mortier defeating Christopher Knight by a vote of 1,568 to 1,380. Ward 1 was the only contested race for City Council, as residents Mortier and Knight went head-to-head for the seat. Mortier won the seat previously held by Councilor Marina Delune by a thin margin of 188 votes. In a statement, Mortier said she is "excited and humbled" to be elected as the ...

  • Published
    November 7, 2012

    Herbig, Gillway returned to Legislature

    In the five races for the House seats representing Waldo County, voters returned two incumbents to Augusta, and welcomed three new-comers to the House. In the House District 43 race between Erin Herbig, D-Belfast, and Donna Hopkins, R-Belmont, voters favored Herbig by a margin of 3,150 to 1,808. House District 43 includes Belfast, Belmont and Northport. "Thank you to everyone for your support for the past two ...

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    November 7, 2012

    Former Gov. Angus King projected winner for U.S. Senate seat

    Former Gov. Angus King is the projected winner for the U.S. Senate seat, defeating his Republican and Democratic challengers by a wide margin. He carried Waldo County by more than 3,500 votes and won in 23 of 26 towns — losing Knox, Frankfort and Brooks to Charlie Summers, R-Scarborough. The battle to win the Senate seat was hard-fought, as Republican candidate Summers, Independent candidate Angus King and ...

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