Gleason bowing out of Auburn race

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AUBURN – Councilor Dick Gleason will surrender his Ward 1 seat after November’s City Council election, he announced Monday.

“I do have a life outside of the City Council and I need to devote some time to it,” Gleason said. “There is only so much you can do with the hours in a day.”

Gleason is president of Gleason Media Services, which owns and operates five radio stations in central Maine, including local AM radio station CNN 1240.

He was elected to a special one-year term on the council last November, running unopposed to succeed Bethel Shields. He is the first councilor among the group elected to one-year terms in November to signal his intention.

“It was a tremendous educational experience, and I enjoyed it,” Gleason said. “If I ever retire, I might do it again.”

All 15 elected city positions are up for election this November. That includes the seven School Committee members, seven city councilors and the mayor. Candidates have until Aug. 23 to collect and submit signatures for their nomination petitions.

So far, only Ward 4 council incumbent Bruce Bickford has taken out petitions for this November’s election, according to City Clerk Mary Lou Magno. Candidates for all 15 petitions will seek full two-year terms this November.

Candidates for the mayor’s chair must submit a nomination petition with the signatures of 100 registered Auburn voters. Candidates for the School Committee and council need signatures from 25 registered Auburn voters living within their ward.

At-large candidates for council or School Committee seats need signatures from 25 Auburn voters living anywhere in the city.

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