June 18, 2018
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Eight Brewer residents run for three open seats

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BREWER, Maine — Four people are running for the City Council seat now held by Mayor Joseph Ferris, who is running for another three-year term on the panel, City Clerk Howard Kroll said.

Ferris is running against former council member Manley DeBeck, who served for 12 years, homemaker Patty Preble and Matthew Vachon, a local mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service.

Four people also are running for two open three-year seats on the Brewer School Committee, now held by Chairman Mark Farley and member Calvin Bubar, Kroll said.

Bubar has decided not to run, he said.

Farley is running for his seat against Michael Hutchins, a retired teacher who taught at Brewer High School for 25 years, longtime educator Janet McIntosh, who recently retired as principal of Washington Street School and resident Benjamin Umel, who has children enrolled in Brewer schools.

Former school board member Mark Chambers is the lone candidate running for a five-year term as a Brewer High School district trustee.

A meet-the-candidate forum, hosted by the Brewer Education Association, is scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 18 at Brewer High School’s student services.

Local elections are Nov. 8, and will coincide with state elections.

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