ELLSWORTH — The city is looking at four potential candidates for city councilor. On Tuesday night, people were able to meet them and ask questions.
John Linnehan and Steven O’Halloran said in Tuesday night’s discussion panel that they consider themselves to be business-minded men.
“I would say one thing I would like to change up front, it would to be to make Ellsworth a more business-friendly place,” said candidate Steven O’Halloran.
O’Halloran said the city has had a rough relationship with businesses and needs to lend a hand to them when they can.
“I’m very appreciative of people like that with that mindset and employing people and bringing businesses to Ellsworth,” said Ellsworth resident Mark Kaplan.
Casey Hanson is a doctor in Ellsworth who is running for councilor. She talked about social justice issues and wanting to make the city a more inclusive place.
The fourth candidate, Edward Mathias Kamin III, said he wants to govern through nonpartisan work and forward thinking.
One thing he will manage is the city’s comprehensive plan, something that he said is overdue.
“So therefore maybe more open to the ideas of the city and us being forward. So progressive? Progressively minded sure but I just think that comes along with being in your middle 30’s,” said Edward Mathias Kamin III.
“I think big issues of housing shortages, retaining workers so we can keep our businesses open and traffic patterns are important. I know I live right downtown and so being able to walk around town with my family is important,” said Paige Steele an Ellsworth resident.
The city updated the comprehensive plan back in 2005 and some councilors spoke about the need to update it and get a vision of where the city’s demographic stands now.
Ellsworth will have the chance to vote on a city councilor Nov. 2.