BANGOR, Maine — Three new names have been thrown in the ring for November’s elections in Bangor, one for city council and two for school committee.
Sue Hawes, a longtime Bangor city councilor and two-time council chairwoman, is collecting signatures to run for Bangor School Committee. She will term out of the council this year.
Hawes said in a recent email that she is “interested in the School Committee for a variety of reasons. One being long term planning, our schools are aging and we are going to need to make some decisions. I am an educator and very interested in maintaining high quality. I believe in transparency and approachability.”
Away from the council, Hawes is Office Manager for Neurosurgery of Maine and Focus Eye Care of Maine, according to her council biography. She also has served as Director of the Medical Assisting Program at Husson College and as an instructor at Beal College.
Sue Sorg, a former physical education teacher at Fourteenth Street School, also has taken out papers for a committee run. She retired from her teaching position earlier this year, according to school committee meeting minutes from February.
The two school committee hopefuls would be running for two seats, one that was left vacant by the resignation of former committee member Kate Dickerson, and another that is currently held by school committee member Jay Ye. Ye said recently that he plans on running to retain his seat on the committee, and City Clerk Lisa Goodwin confirmed Friday that he has taken out papers.
In the city council race, a seventh person is collecting signatures for one of three available council seats. Zac Vivier, a pharmacy information systems analyst at Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems and member of Fusion:Bangor, a community networking organization for young people in the Bangor area, has started collecting signatures toward his council run, he said earlier this week.
He joins six others, including incumbent Councilors Nelson Durgin and Charlie Longo, both of whom have confirmed that they hope to run again.
The hopeful council candidates include Gibran Graham, marketing coordinator at the Briar Patch, a downtown book and toy store, and board member of the Downtown Bangor Partnership; Ryan Hatch, owner of the Maine Jump, a large indoor inflatable playhouse for kids on Hogan Road; Victor Kraft, a Bangor-based private investigator and former police chief of Indian Island and Thomaston who has said he is running in hopes of shutting down Waterfront Concerts; and Josh Plourde, Creative Strategist at the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center and member of Bangor’s Commission on Cultural Development.
Most of those candidates said this week that they’ve already collected the necessary 100-150 signatures from Bangor voters.
The first day candidates for both panels can submit their information, including petitions, is Monday, Aug. 19, Goodwin said. There could be a rush to get them in, as the first people to submit petitions have a slight advantage in that they’re guaranteed all their confirmed signatures will be counted.
Bangor voters are only allowed to sign as many petitions as there are openings on a council or school committee in a given election. Because there are three openings this November on the city council, each resident can sign a maximum of three petitions, Goodwin said. There are two open seats on school committee, so only two signatures from each resident will be counted.
If, for example, a resident signs four or five council petitions, their signature will only be counted on the first three petitions submitted to the city.
Any Bangor residents hoping to win a seat on the council or school committee can pick up paperwork at City Hall during regular business hours between now and Sept. 6, but Sept. 6 also is the day those petitions are due back with 100-150 signatures.
On Sept. 9, the City Council will hold a meeting in which city staff will draw candidate names out of a bowl in order to determine the order in which names appear on November’s ballot, according to Goodwin.