May 25, 2018
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Five candidates vie for three Bangor council seats

By Eric Russell, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — There will be at least one first-time city councilor in Bangor, and perhaps more, by early November as the deadline for prospective candidates has passed.

Five city residents, including incumbents Susan Hawes and Hal Wheeler, have taken out nomination papers with the city clerk’s office to fill one of three vacant seats on the nine-member council. The other candidates are Nelson Durgin, Charles “Nick” Bearce and Charles Longo Jr.

Council Chairman Richard Stone announced earlier this year that he would not seek re-election because he wanted to spend more time with his young daughter. Stone served two terms on the City Council in the late 1980s and early 1990s and was the chairman in 1991. He also represented Bangor in the Maine House of Repre-sentatives before he was elected to the council again in 2004.

Nomination papers were due Friday, Sept. 3.

Elections for the nine City Council seats are staggered so that residents vote on three vacant seats each year. Whoever is elected on Nov. 2 will preside over the transition for the city’s new manager and could cast a crucial vote on whether to finally move forward with plans to build a new arena.

On the school department side, three candidates, including incumbent Mary Budd, are running for two open seats on the Bangor School Committee. The other candidates are Catherine Dickerson and Jay Ye.

Longtime committee member Phyllis Shubert will not seek re-election.

In years past, candidates were listed on local ballots in alphabetical order. This year, after a change in the city charter, the candidates will be listed randomly in an effort to provide more equity.

Those elected on Nov. 2 will be sworn in at the next regular City Council and School Committee meetings.

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