2013 Lewiston Candidates

Lewiston candidates | Mayoral candidates

Lewiston City Council

Of the seven wards, only four are contested in 2013.

Ward 1

Butler, Dubois vying for council seat in Lewiston's Ward 1

John T. Butler Jr.

From his profile: We have done many good things including economic development, adopting a Riverfront Plan, supported a new Comprehensive Plan, we kept taxes as low as possible when with a $1.1 million revenue cut from the State.

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Leslie T. Dubois

From her profile: I agree wholeheartedly in the city administrator and staff putting together and implementing a Downtown Neighborhood Action Committee. I disagree with the letter of support recently giving for a housing project that states the city will sell the land for $1.00, gives the buyers a waiver on applications, building permit fees, a reduction in code enforcements and a return of 50 percent of tax revenue for 15 years.

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Ward 2

Donald D'Auteuil

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Ward 3

Nate Libby

From his profile: I support the Council's work in investing in the downtown, expanding the city's acquisition and demolition program, adopting a "complete streets" policy, and trimming the city's budget to maintain a flat tax rate (notwithstanding the state's cuts to revenue sharing). I do not agree with the Council's allowance of fireworks use within the city.

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Ward 4

Ward 4 council candidates see difference between activism and experience

Doreen Christ

From her profile: I am here to make decisions that would be of benefit to not only my Ward, but the entire City of Lewiston. I review all subject matter before each and every meeting and know exactly what I am voting on.

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Darcy Reed

From her profile: I understand the frustration of spending thousands of dollars per year for taxes, only to see the money be wasted. I want voters to know that, if elected, I will not be a city councilor who votes based on personal views or beliefs; I will ALWAYS keep the best interests of the people of Ward Four in mind when voting. I am not afraid to go against the crowd if that is what is best for my neighbors.

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Ward 5

Three candidates compete for council seat in Lewiston's Ward 5

Kristen Cloutier

From her profile: I am really excited about the opportunity to serve the people of Ward 5. We may not always agree on how to get there, but I am certain that our destination is the same: a vibrant, healthy, thriving city that we are all proud to call home!

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Charles A. Soule

From his profile: All you need to be happy is a safe place to sleep, meal a day and your health to be happy; everything else is extra. (learned while in India, Military )

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Richard L .White

From his profile: I have been fighting for this neighborhood for the past couple of years. I have been involved in several group efforts in helping improve the quality of life here in Ward 5. I feel that the best way I can really make a difference, is by running for City Council. There is a need for someone who has the ability to listen to other peoples concerns, and address them. The people in Ward 5 deserve to be heard. They deserve action. They deserve a champion. I am that champion.

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Ward 6

Mark Cayer

From his profile: I appreciate the support that I have received over the past four years as a City Councilor. I hope to continue to serve the community. I will serve as I always have with one goal to try and make decisions that are best for the community.

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Ward 7

Lewiston Ward 7 Council opponents say they would represent their ward best

Richard Desjardins

From his profile: I ran for council two years age to represent the constituents of ward 7. In doing so, I consistently work for maintaining and increasing services that the tax payers pay for. The majority of the time I vote the way my constituents want. I do my best to work for the people of ward7 and all residents of Lewiston.

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Mike Lachance

From his profile: In speaking with so many residents of Ward 7, it's clear our elected representative at City Hall is not listening, or engaged. My commitment if elected is to listen, engage and act. If not for these three qualities, why do we elect our leaders? A promise is often hard to keep; a commitment however, is a state of mind. On November 5, we can choose commitment or complacency.

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School Committee

Seven wards and an at large seat.

Ward 1

Linda M. Scott

Candidate did not respond

Ward 2

Stavros J. Mendros

From his profile: Now that my daughter is in first grade I would like to bring my years of experience to help make our schools the best they can be. I have always been very careful on spending and I believe coupling that skill with my desire to get the best possible education for my girls; I will bring a unique ability to maximize quality with an eye on expenses.

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Paul St. Pierre

From his profile: It is my opinion that on a scale of one to ten (with ten being the highest), in terms of things in life that are important to contribute to, education is a ten. It should be every school board member's primary focus at all times.

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Ward 3

Trinh Burpee

From her profile: I'm not running for the School Committee in order to grind political axes. On the committee, my only concern is the quality of education in Lewiston, not scoring political points or pushing pet causes. I feel that if you want a better future for Lewiston, the best thing you can do is work to improve our schools, and the only way to do that requires you to work with Democrats, Republicans, and independents.

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Ward 4

James “Jim” R. Handy

From his profile: I know what it's like to be on the outside looking in as far as school is concerned. But I was able to overcome those challenges and attend college as a non-traditional student. I can honestly say that getting a college degree changed my life and enabled me to make a contribution to my community and state.

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Ward 6

Dawn Hartill

From her profile: As a mother of three, I have had at least one child in the Lewiston School system every year for the past 12 years. I have a vested interest in the schools in Lewiston and I believe that being involved is the best way to help ensure that all students are given the education they deserve.

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Matthew P. Roy

From his profile: I am running for the School Committee to bring the voice of a new generation to local government. As my generation, will bear the burden going forth, we should start taking an active part with regards to local governance.

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Ward 7

Thomas P. Shannon

Candidate did not respond

At Large

Cynthia Mendros

From her profile: I wish to bring my considerable computer and technology experience to the school committee. Not just to advance the education of children but to improve Power School and increase parents' involvement in their child's education.

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Zam Zam Mohamud

From his profile: I am running for the at large seat on the school board in order to represent the entire community of Lewiston, and that means all our children from K-12, and never forgetting about members of our Adult Education Program and also those in special ed.

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Resources

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Lewiston election coverage

12:00am

Lewiston School Committee: 4 incumbents are unopposed

LEWISTON — This is the last of five stories about Lewiston School Committee candidates running in the Nov. 5 election. These four incumbents are all unopposed. Linda Scott represents Ward 1, which includes Switzerland Road and Tall Pines; Trinh Burpee, who was appointed to replace Pa...

12:00am

Lewiston School Committee: Mendros challenges Mohamud for city-wide seat

Fourth of five stories about the Lewiston School Committee races in the Nov. 5 election. Next: Four incumbents are unopposed: Jim Handy, Linda Scott, Tom Shannon and Trinh Burpee. LEWISTON — Voters across Lewiston will decide which candidate should represent them for the at-...

10:45pm

Lewiston School Committee: Two newcomers compete for open seat

Third of five stories about the Lewiston School Committee races in the Nov. 5 election. Next: incumbent ZamZam Mohamud is challenged by Cindy Mendros for the at-large seat. LEWISTON — Voters in Ward 6, which includes the areas of outer Lisbon Street and Grove Street will dec...

12:00am

Lewiston school board: Mendros challenging incumbent St. Pierre

Second of five stories about the Lewiston School Committee races for the Nov. 5 election. Next: Newcomers Dawn Hartill and Matthew Roy compete for an open seat in Ward 6. LEWISTON — Voters in Ward 2, which includes Geiger and Montello elementary schools, will choose between ...

11:30pm

Landlords question Lewiston candidates

LEWISTON — Landlords gathered to question local candidates Tuesday night on topics including low-income housing projects and how much government is too much. The Lewiston Auburn Landlords Association hosted candidates running for City Council seats, giving each two minutes to address... 1

12:00am

Mohamed seeking School Committee seat as write-in

Jama Mohamed Office sought: Lewiston School Committee, Ward 5, write-in candidate, unopposed Age: 29 Address: 105 Pierce St. Family: Married, six children Occupatio... 2

9:50pm

Campaign finance reports issued for Lewiston races

LEWISTON — An at-large candidate for the School Committee has raised more money than nearly all of the other candidates running for city offices in November's election. Zam Zam Mohamud has raised $2,769.07 in her bid for the single at-large seat for the School Committee. That'...

12:00am

Challenger calls Lewiston mayor divisive

Lewiston mayoral candidate Larry Gilbert, left, at a forum Thursday accuses Mayor Robert Macdonald, right, of denigrating the city. In the center is Dadumo Musse, Lewiston Youth Advisory Council chairwoman and moderator for the evening.

11:46pm

Lewiston candidate forum lights a few sparks

AUBURN — Sparks flew early between Lewiston's mayoral candidates during a Twin Cities candidate forum Wednesday evening. Mayor Robert Macdonald and challenger Larry Gilbert sparred over Macdonald's history as mayor in the event sponsored by the Young Professionals of the Lewiston-Aub... 2

11:20pm

Lewiston Ward 7 Council opponents say they would represent their ward best

LEWISTON — Both candidates for Ward 7's City Council seat say their most important job is to represent residents. "I think 90 percent of the time, the council spends on Lisbon Street, downtown, housing, canals and Bates Mill," incumbent Richard Desjardins. "But I never lose focus on ...