January 19, 2020
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Tremble, Okafor, Fournier and Hawes win seats on the Bangor City Council

Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Candidates (left to right) Angela Okafor, Amy Roeder for city council and Marwa Hassanien for school committee greet voters at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Tuesday.

Bangor voters have returned an incumbent to the City Council and chosen three others to join the body, including an immigrant from Nigeria.

Faced with the largest field of City Council candidates in at least 35 years, residents gave the most votes to incumbent Councilor Dan Tremble (2,083), Angela Okafor (1,881) and Rick Fournier (1,725), according to unofficial results. Okafor and Fournier will fill the seats of two councilors whose terms ended this fall and didn’t run for re-election: Gibran Graham and Cary Weston.

    Daniel Tremble 2083
    Angela Okafor 1881
    Richard Fournier 1725
    Susan Hawes 1650
    Amy Roeder 1361
    David Des Isles 938
    Thomas White 923
    Brian Cotlar 845
    Allen Braun 788
    Stephen Brough 492
    Brent Hawkes 458
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Tremble, Okafor and Fournier will serve three years on the council.

The fourth highest vote-getter in Tuesday’s race, Susan Hawes (1,650 votes), will serve the two remaining years in the term of David Nealley, who left the nine-person council over the summer to move to Florida.

BDN file; Courtesy of candidates
BDN file; Courtesy of candidates
Incumbent Councilor Dan Tremble (from left) and Rick Fournier, along with Okafor (not pictured), were elected to serve three years on the council. Susan Hawes will serve two years.

A total of 11 residents ran for the four seats. The other candidates were: Allen “Seth” Braun, Stephen Brough, David Des Isles, Brian Cotlar, Brent Hawkes, Amy Roeder and Thomas White.

Tremble, 54, owns Fairmount Market on Hammond Street and the Ground Round Grill and Bar on Odlin Road. He’s just finishing a three-year term on the City Council.

Okafor, a 36-year-old attorney and business owner, just became a U.S. citizen this year after emigrating from Nigeria more than a decade ago.

Fournier, 60, works as a vice president at Bangor Savings Bank. He has had leadership roles with a number of local boards and organizations, including the Bangor Planning Board, the Bangor Water District and the American Folk Festival.

Hawes, 63, works as a dean of education at Beal College and has served multiple previous terms on the City Council. She is also just finishing her third term on the Bangor School Committee, where she serves as chairperson.

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