HOULTON, Maine — The Greater Houlton Chamber of Commerce will once again give voters a chance to learn more about candidates running for seats on the Town Council by hosting a public forum Wednesday.
The forum, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at the town office, also will be televised on the local public access channel. Houlton residents will be able to mail questions to the Chamber in advance or phone them in on the night of the event.
Four candidates are seeking the three available three-year seats on the council. The seats are being vacated by Councilors Sue Tortello, Walter Goodrich and Brian Donnelly. Goodrich cannot run due to term limits, and Donnelly isn’t seeking another term. Incumbent Sue Tortello is hoping to retain her seat. Paul Cleary and Carl Lord Jr., both former councilors, are hoping to be re-elected. Cleary currently sits on the SAD 29 school board, but has decided to seek a council seat. Robert Hannigan is also vying for one of the council slots.
There is one open one-year term on the council, which is currently held by Councilor Mike Jenkins. He is seeking to hold on to the seat and is being a challenged by Phil Bernaiche, a former councilor and SAD 29 school board member.
The council candidates will appear at the forum to make opening and closing statements and answer questions.
Three individuals also are looking to be elected to fill three open slots on the SAD 29 school board. The seats are currently held by Elizabeth Anderson, Cynthia Hillman Forbush and Cleary. Both Anderson and Hillman Forbush are hoping to be re-elected, and John Tribou is seeking the third seat which is being vacated by Cleary.
Two candidates — Richard Goodwin and Galen Hogan — are hoping to be re-elected to two open seats on the Houlton Water Co. board of directors.
Two candidates — Gerald Berthelette and Walter Goodrich — are running for two open seats on the board of budget review.
Priscilla Monroe and Gary Hagan are vying for the open five-year seat on the Cary Library board of trustees. Hagan currently sits on the panel.
Individuals who want to mail in questions before the Oct. 19 forum can mail them to the Chamber at 109 Main Street, Houlton, 04730, or call them in to 532-7111 on the evening of the forum. The public is welcome to attend the event.