BANGOR, Maine — Josh Plourde announced that he is running for Bangor City Council this November.
Plourde, a life-long Mainer, lives on French Street and works for the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center offshore wind program. He graduated from the University of Maine with a bachelor’s degree in earth and climate sciences, and co-owns a niche marketing agency, High Touch Group, which focuses on digital publishing.
“I’m excited to run for Bangor City Council this November to keep our best and brightest students in Bangor, to transition from a service economy to a growth economy, and to set the path towards a sustainable city.”
He spent the early months of summer meeting with many of Bangor’s leaders, including Lucy Quimby of Bangor, who said, “Josh’s creative energy and thoughtful approaches to the challenges facing our city will be of enormous benefit to Bangor.”
Eric Mihan, a local business owner, said, “As a father and businessman with strong family roots in Bangor, I believe Josh is the best choice for city council.”
Plourde has served as a commissioner on the city of Bangor Commission for Cultural Development since 2012, and as interim director of the Downtown Bangor Arts Collaborative in 2009.
On Saturday night, Plourde joined the Bangor Police Department for an overnight patrol. “One of the best things I saw was the number of people that came up to the car to report something they had witnessed. We have incredible public safety divisions in Bangor, but they can’t be everywhere all the time. Apathy doesn’t help anyone; it’s clear that people are committed to participating in keeping us safe,” he said.
Plourde recently testified for Augusta’s joint standing committee on energy, utilities and technology on the topic of energy and climate science, encouraging investment in renewable energy at local and state levels to spur economic development and address energy needs.
Select community members, friends and family, will gather 7:45-9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at COESPACE, 45 Columbia St. Plourde will be available for media interviews at that time, or upon request.
For information, visit JoshForBangor.com.