Grassett defeats Spitzbarth for Hancock Select Board

  • Kurtis Grassett - Hancock Select Board Courtesy photo

  • Incumbent Hancock Selectman Erik Spitzbarth campaigns for re-election on Tuesday. Spitzbarth was not re-elected, losing his seat on the board to Kurtis Grassett. March 12, 2019 Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

Friday, March 15, 2019 7:43AM
Hancock elects Grassett for BOS

Retired Hancock DPW Director Kurtis Grassett has defeated incumbent Selectman Erik Spitzbarth for a three-year seat on the town’s select board. 

Grassett, who defeated Spitzbarth 335 to 211, said Wednesday that he was thankful that the community came together to support his word-of-mouth-style campaign. 

“I’m feeling pretty good because I had a lot of help,” Grassett said. “… I heard from two people that they didn’t feel listened to in the past, which is not a good thing. [A town] is a customer service organization.”

Grassett said his priorities on the board will be to focus on the town’s spending and tax rate, as well getting high-speed internet in town. 

“I’ve seen some spending decisions with long term implications, which is just making it worse for years down the road,” Grassett said. “I think  can help guide the town in a more moderate growth pattern.”

Grassett said high-speed internet has become a priority for all communities.

“If we want to keep the community vibrant we need high-speed internet,” Grassett said. “… if people can work from home, it might help with volunteer efforts.”

The town of Hancock has yet to determine the victor for a one-year term as treasurer or for a three-year term as common commissioner.

In both cases, no candidates filed for the position. Election results sent to the Ledger-Transcript say results have yet to be determined as there were multiple names written in. 

In an uncontested race, Jane Eklund has been elected to a three-year seat on the town’s library trustees. 

Paul Faber, also in an uncontested race, won a three-year seat as one of the town’s trustees of the trust fund. 

Sean Kerwin faced no competition in his candidacy for a three-year term as water commissioner. 

— By Nicholas Handy