Bangor residents can meet candidates for City Council, school board during forums next week

Posted Sept. 12, 2013, at 5:37 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Bangor residents can meet the crop of local office candidates they’ll be selecting from in November during a pair of forums scheduled next week.

Bangor Public Library and The League of Women Voters are hosting a forum for six City Council candidates at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19, in council chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 73 Harlow St.

The three candidates for the Bangor school committee have been invited to a forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, also inside council chambers.

Michael Gleason, Bangor’s deputy registrar, will moderate both forums.

Council candidates, in order of their appearance on the ballot, are Josh Plourde, creative strategist at the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center and member of Bangor’s Commission on Cultural Development; incumbent city council chairman Nelson Durgin; 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; Hal Wheeler, a former councilor who served from 1983 to 1986 and again from 2007 to 2010; and current first-term city councilor Charlie Longo.

They will be vying for three open seats on the council.

The candidates for school committee are Sue Hawes, a current city councilor who is terming out this year; Sue Sorg, a former physical education teacher at Fourteenth Street School; and incumbent school board member Jay Ye. All three have been cleared to appear on the ballot, and their names will be listed in alphabetical order, according to City Clerk Lisa Goodwin.

Two school committee seats will be filled in this election.

Sept. 6 was the last day Bangor public office hopefuls could turn in their petition signatures.

“As Bangor voters know, national elections may get a lot of attention, but it is the local elections that have a noticeable bearing on one’s everyday life,” Bangor Public Library Director Barbara McDade said in an email. “It is often not easy to get information about local candidates. This is the public’s opportunity to get to know the candidates and their positions.”

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