Brewer ballot has wide field of candidates

Posted Sept. 20, 2010, at 10:03 p.m.

BREWER, Maine — Two brothers are part of a mix of new candidates and incumbents who have cast their hats into the ring for seats on the City Council, School Committee and district trustees, which will be decided during the November election.

District Trustee Kevin O’Connell, who was appointed to the panel in February 2007, had decided to run for City Council, and his brother, Dan O’Connell, is the lone person running to fill his soon-to-be-vacant trustee seat.

Kevin O’Connell joins former Mayor Gail Kelly, who works as state director for U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, and resident Patricia Preble, who made an unsuccessful bid last year, in the run for the two open council seats now held by Manley DeBeck and Arthur “Archie” Verow, who both seek to stay on the council.

DeBeck has served on the City Council since 2001, and Verow, who is mayor, was elected to office in 2007.

David Austin is the only person running for the one open School Board seat, currently held by Mark Chambers, who has decided not to run.

Both City Council and School Board seats are three-year terms. District trustees serve for five years.

A Meet the Candidates forum held by the Brewer Education Association is planned for 7 p.m. Oct. 20 at Brewer High School and will be an opportunity for residents to meet and talk with candidates, BEA vice president Kim Kelley said. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. for socializing, and the forum begins at 7 p.m.

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