May 28, 2018
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Houlton candidates to square off

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

HOULTON, Maine— Economic development, financial matters relevant to the town and job creation are customary topics of conversations during town council meetings, but discussions among council candidates may vary later this month when the Greater Houlton Chamber of Commerce holds the candidates forum.

Three candidates are vying for two open seats on the council on Election Day. All are expected to appear for the Oct. 28 hearing in the council chambers at the town office, Lori Weston, executive director of the Chamber, said Tuesday.

Three people are running for two open seats on the Town Council, according to Town Clerk Cathy O’ Leary.

The term of Councilor Nancy Ketch is ending, as well as the term of council Chairman Paul Cleary. Cleary is termed out and cannot run again.

Ketch has entered the running to reclaim her seat. Frederick Grant and Philip Bernaiche also are seeking three-year positions.

The candidates forum is held each year to introduce the public to potential candidates and give them an opportunity to learn each individual’s stance on local and statewide issues.

This year’s forum will be moderated by Kent Good and broadcast live on the local public access TV channel. The candidates will respond to questions from Good while also fielding questions submitted by the public. Questions can be called into the forum as it is taking place.

Candidates will be allowed to make opening and closing statements and will have two minutes to answer each question.

The forum will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Houlton voters can e-mail questions to the Chamber at Voters also can call the town office at 532-7111 to submit questions. The public is welcome to attend the forum.


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