June 20, 2018
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Palmer, Nealley and Bronson elected to Bangor City Council

By Eric Russell, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Gerry Palmer was re-elected to the Bangor City Council on Tuesday joining former councilor David Nealley and newcomer Rick Bronson.

City voters also overturned a somewhat controversial ban on left turns to and from Howard Street by a substantial margin, 5,460 to 2,121.

Christine Szal, Phyllis Guerrette and Warren Caruso, who each ran unopposed for three Bangor School Committee seats, also were elected.

Councilors and school committee members each serve three-year terms.

Palmer, a longtime city councilor in Bangor, led the voting with 3,563, followed by Nealley with 2,981 and Bronson with 2,792. Andrew Sturgeon, who garnered 2,654 votes, Paul Dubay with 2,074 votes, and Roberto Zavaleta with 1,772 votes, rounded out the City Council candidate slate.

The referendum question ended up on the ballot only after city officials agreed to try a left-turn ban last year in an effort to reduce the volume and speed of traffic on the street. After a six-month trial period that ended last October, councilors voted 7-2 to make it permanent, but not everyone was happy about it.

Many residents appealed to the city to overturn the ban. In May, an eight-member council split on a proposal when a majority was needed.

The City Council then voted in August to send the matter to a referendum after an estimated 2,600 signatures were gathered.



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