HAMPDEN, Maine — Residents will have an opportunity to learn more about who is running for local elected positions during a candidate forum set for 6 p.m. Wednesday in the council chambers.
The local elections race on Nov. 5 includes the Town Council seat for District 1, a town councilor-at-large position, two seats on the RSU 22 board of directors and a position on the Hampden Water District board of trustees.
A three-way race is shaping up for the three-year councilor-at-large position, according to a sample ballot posted on the town’s website, where brief biographies of this year’s candidates also can be found.
Candidates for the at-large seat are David King, a former Hampden Academy teacher, Gregory Sirois, a banker, and Katherine Cavness, owner of a health education and healing organization.
Ivan McPike is the only candidate for the two-year District 1 council seat. He is a former business owner who is now retired.
Cindy Mitchell and Amanda Sidell are running for the RSU 22 posts available this year, both of which are for three-year terms. Mitchell is an information technology professional for the University of Maine System, and Sidell is a licensed clinical social worker and owner of a small business.
Since no one took out nomination papers for the water district post, that vacancy will be filled by the winner of a write-in election. Robert Lawlis, who has worked in the utility regulation field at the local, state and federal levels, is a declared write-in candidate for the position.
Also Nov. 5, voters will decide four proposed amendments to their town charter and consider approval of an ordinance authorizing the town to borrow up to $902,050 for a variety of sewer system projects. They also will vote on five state bond issues.
Wednesday night’s forum will be broadcast live on the town’s cable television station, Channel 7, and will be rebroadcast periodically during the weeks leading up to Election Day.