BANGOR, Maine — The stage is being set for November’s municipal elections in Bangor.
Seats are opening up on the City Council and school board. On the council, the terms for Chairman Ben Sprague, Joe Baldacci and James Gallant are coming to a close. Gallant has said he’s not interested in running for re-election.
Sprague and Baldacci have said they plan to run for another term and said they have taken out papers to start that process. As of Thursday morning, four other Bangor residents — Gerry Palmer, Sean Faircloth, John Hiatt and Justin Freeman — also had taken out papers.
In order to run for council or school board, candidates must pick up election paperwork from City Hall. Those papers became available Aug. 6.
City Clerk Lisa Goodwin said candidates must collect no fewer than 100 and no more than 150 signatures by registered Bangor voters in order to appear on the ballot. Those nomination petitions may be returned between Aug. 18 and Sept. 5.
The Bangor school committee also has three seats opening this November. Terms are up for members Christine Szal, Warren Caruso and Phyllis Guerette. Szal and Caruso could run for re-election, but Guerette has termed out.
So far, only one person, Marlene Susi, has taken out papers for that election, Goodwin said.
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