LEWISTON — With just over a week left to file nomination papers for city office, at least half of the positions have no official, qualified candidates, according to City Clerk Kathy Montejo.
In a statement, Montejo said there are 16 municipal positions up for election this fall: mayor, seven councilors and eight School Committee members.
The city clerk’s office has verified nomination papers for 13 candidates to run for various positions.
As of the close of business Tuesday, no one had submitted completed nomination papers for Wards 3 and 6 on the City Council. For the School Committee, there are no official candidates for Wards 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 or 7. Several people have taken out nomination papers for the seats, but few have been submitted for filing.
The deadline is 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4.
The verified candidates as of Tuesday are:
Mayor: Robert Macdonald and Charles Soule.
City Council: Ward 1, Leslie Dubois and James Lysen; Ward 2, Marc Roy; Ward 4, Shane Bouchard; Ward 5, Kristen Cloutier and Richard White; Ward 7, Kristine Kittridge and Michael Lachance.
School Committee: At-large, John Butler Jr.; Ward 4, James Handy and Benjamin Martin.
Questions regarding nomination papers or the municipal election in November can be submitted to the Lewiston City Clerk’s Office at 207-513-3124.