On The Agenda, Current Potential Candidates,

Week of April 10

BAR HARBOR—It’s our weekly piece documenting Bar Harbor town government and other similar meetings that we know of. Please let us know if we’ve missed something. Also, sometimes things are on the town calendars and are cancelled or rescheduled, so make sure to double check before you head over!

All the meetings take place at the Bar Harbor Municipal Building at 93 Cottage Street unless otherwise noted. And they usually have a time for public comments. This is not true about executive sessions.

So, go! Be informed! Be part of the process. You deserve to be.

To see the town meeting calendar by month, click here.

To see the school board calendar by month, click here.


The following offices will be elected by the voters at the June 13, 2023 town election:

  • Bar Harbor Town Council                              Three seats – three-year term
  • Bar Harbor Town Council                              One seat – two-year term
  • Superintending School Committee              Two seats – three-year term
  • MDI High School Trustee                              One seat – three-year term
  • Warrant Committee                                        Five seats – three-year term

Nomination papers will be available in the town clerk’s office beginning Friday, March 3.

See also the Elections-June page or call 207-288-4098 for more information.


Multiple people have signaled an intent that they might potentially run for the three contested three-year council seats. Those who have already pulled papers include: incumbent Council Chair Valerie Peacock; Councilor Erin Cough; former Communications Coordinator Maya Caines; President, Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Gary “Bo” Jennings; musician Cosmo Nims; Comprehensive Planning Committee Chair Kyle Shank, former Bar Harbor assessor and former Southwest Harbor Town Manager Justin VanDongen; and former Police Chief Nate Young.

The seats that are available are those of Peacock, Cough, and Jill Goldthwait.

There is also a two-year seat available because of Councilor Jeff Dobbs’ resignation. Brooke “Zana” Blomquist, Earl Brechlin, Keith Goodrich, and Charles Sidman, and Peter St. Germain have taken out papers for that position. William Hodgdon has also just pulled papers.

Blomquist, Brechlin, Caines, Jennings, Nims, Peacock, Shank, Sidman, and Young have already returned papers for their respective races.

The deadline for filing nomination papers with the town clerk is Friday, April 14, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.


For the Superintending School Committee (Conners Emerson School) it’s Misha Mytar and Robin Sue Tapley whose spots are available. Mytar has taken out papers. She had been appointed to the committee this year to fill out a resigning member’s term. Michael Kiers has also taken out papers for the seat.

Kiers has returned the papers.


For the Warrant Committee, the five members up for reelection are Carol Chappell, Kevin DesVeaux, Allison Sasner, Secretary Christine Smith, and Bethany Reece. So far, Chappell, Julia Cuchelo, DesVeaux, Shaun Farrar, Elizabeth Lemire, Sasner, and Smith have taken out papers.

Chappell, Cuchelo, DesVeaux, and Farrar have returned papers.


No one has yet taken out papers for the position on the high school trustee board.

There are no term limits and incumbents can run for reelection. Pulling papers is the first step in running for office, but people can take out forms, not return them and therefore not run.

There are also numerous board and committee vacancies. To start the application process candidates must fill out, sign, and return the Boards and Committees Application to the town clerk.

Monday, April 9, 2023

Harbor Committee

No agenda online, before heading over, you should check with Assistant Town Clerk to verify meeting.


4:00 PM 


@Council Chambers, 93 Cottage, Bar Harbor Municipal Building

More Details

Task Force on the Climate Emergency

No agenda online, before heading over, you should check with Assistant Town Clerk to verify meeting.


4:00 PM


@ Auditorium, 93 Cottage, Bar Harbor Municipal Building

More Details

MDI Regional High School Board Meeting


5:00 PM 


@ Mount Desert Island Regional High School Library

More Details

Conservation Commission Meeting

No agenda online, before heading over, you should check with Assistant Town Clerk to verify meeting.


 5:30 PM 


@ 3rd Floor Meeting Room – Suite 301, 93 Cottage, Bar Harbor Municipal Building

More Details

MDI Regional School System AOS 91 Regular Board Meeting


6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


@ Mt. Desert Island Regional High School Library

Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Comprehensive Planning Committee


6 PM


Council Chambers, 93 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor Municipal Building

Thursday, April 13, 2023

Design Review Board Meeting


4 PM


Council Chambers

*Shaun Farrar is my husband and occasional poster for the Bar Harbor Story.

** This was updated on Monday at noon to include the Design Review Board agenda, which was posted online then.

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