Five Bangor council candidates cleared to run so far; will face off in mid-September forum

Posted Aug. 26, 2013, at 2:11 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 26, 2013, at 2:35 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Five Bangor City Council candidates have turned in signed petitions and qualified to run for a trio of open council seats, according to City Clerk Lisa Goodwin.

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 petitions are due back with 100-150 signatures.

Goodwin said Monday morning that Gibran Graham, marketing coordinator at the downtown book and toy store, Briar Patch, and board member of the Downtown Bangor Partnership; Victor Kraft, a Bangor-based private investigator and former police chief of Indian Island and Thomaston; and Josh Plourde, Creative Strategist at the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center and member of Bangor’s Commission on Cultural Development, passed in their paperwork and had their petitions checked and approved.

Incumbent City Council Chairman Nelson Durgin and Councilor Charlie Longo also are running to retain their posts

Two other council hopefuls who have taken out paperwork continue to gather signatures. Last week, Hal Wheeler, a former councilor who served from 1983 to 1986 and again from 2007 to 2010, took out papers to run for a third non-consecutive term, Goodwin said. 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, is gearing up his campaign.

Ryan Hatch, owner of the Maine Jump, a large indoor playhouse for kids on Hogan Road, announced last week that he is halting his bid for a city council spot. Hatch had taken out paperwork and began collecting signatures when petitions became available in August. Hatch said he will be opening new branches in Vermont, New York, Florida and Texas over the next 18 months and wouldn’t want business duties to prevent him from being an active member of council. He said he likely would reconsider public office in the future.

Sue Hawes, a current city councilor who is terming out this year, has submitted her petition to run in November for one of two open seats on Bangor School Committee, according to Goodwin.

Incumbent Jay Ye plans on running to retain his seat. 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.

Candidates for both offices will meet on Sept. 18 and 19 in Council Chambers for candidates’ nights hosted by the League of Women Voters. Details about the times of those events and which candidates will appear are still being worked out, according to Bangor Public Library Director Barbara McDade.

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