Gerry seeks to dislodge Johnson as District 1 commissioner

By Fran Gonzalez | Oct 10, 2018
Independent Rosey Gerry and incumbent Democrat Betty Johnson are vying for Waldo County commissioner.

Waldo County Commissioner Betty I. Johnson, a Democrat, is running for re-election in District 1 (Belfast, Belmont, Islesboro, Morrill, Northport, Lincolnville and Waldo) against Independent challenger Rosendel “Rosey” Gerry.

Both candidates live in Lincolnville and have been active in local government there.

This would be Johnson's third, four-year term in office after winning by 2 votes over then-incumbent Donald Berry in 2010.

A former nurse and toy store owner, Johnson also enjoys working as a graphic designer. She is treasurer of the Maine Democratic Party and of Waldo County Democrats, board president of Belfast Creative Coalition, and serves on the Aging Well in Waldo County Committee.

Johnson has also served her town of Linconville in many capacities. She was formerly on the Budget Committee for 10 years, is currently on the Board of Appeals, and is also on the Board of Assessment Review.

She was first drawn to the commissioner position because of her love of numbers. "I like budgeting," Johnson said, adding she wanted to "do something to give back to the county."

Johnson admits to having "no real idea as to what a county commissioner did" when first taking office.

Her priorities include economic development for the county, continued work with the aging population and supporting the creative community, which, she said, is "an economic draw."

Johnson says she loves her job and would like to continue working with people.

Rosey Gerry is a former Lincolnville selectmen who served 10 years on the board. He is also a musician, mechanic, historian, woodsman, heavy equipment operator, actor and playwright.

"This is a great opportunity to do something else in the community and the county," he said. "You learn as you go."

Gerry is interested in how the commissioners manage the budgets for the towns and said the current administration is doing a great job.

"I am very supportive of how the commissioners have run the budget," he said, "I think we have to keep a close eye on things so later they don't get out of hand."

Gerry said he understands budgets and how organizations work and will "enjoy learning more about the county."

He believes in keeping the budget "intact" for now and doesn't think there is anything that needs to be changed.

Gerry supports the re-entry program and how the commissioners have been doing a "great job taking care of the county buildings."

He looks forward to "working for the people and maintaining Waldo County."

Each county commissioner is elected by voters within his or her respective district. The County of Waldo has three districts, and each commissioner serves a term of four years.

 

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