Hopefuls prep for Lewiston Council race

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LEWISTON – Charles Soule, an unsuccessful mayoral candidate in six elections, will try his hand at winning a City Council seat.

Soule is the first person to hand in his completed nomination petitions for a City Council seat. He’ll run for Ward 5, the seat being vacated by Paul Samson.

But Soule won’t be alone on the ballot for long. A total of 14 candidates are passing nominating petitions for the seven open council seats.

Incumbent Ward 1 Councilor Stavros Mendros is collecting signatures, as is potential challenger Thomas Peters II.

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Two candidates, Joseph Roy of 9 Venise Ave. and Douglas Foss of 29 Katie Ave., are circulating petitions for the Ward 2 council seat. Renee Bernier announced earlier this year that she would not seek another term.

In Ward 3, James Verrill of 171 Oak St., Larry Poulin of 394 Sabattus and David A. Vincent of 85 Nichols St. are circulating petitions for the council seat currently held by Lillian O’Brien.

Incumbent Ron Jean and potential challenger Denis Theriault, of 21 Marguerette St. are both circulating petitions for the Ward 4 seat. Tina Bailey, of 108 Birch St., is hoping to face Soule in the race for the Ward 5 seat. Incumbent Mark Paradis is the only person seeking the Ward 6 seat.

Robert Reed of 58 Albert St., and Gordon Harris are circulating petitions to replace Normand Rousseau in the city’s Ward 7. Rousseau also announced he does not intend to seek another term.

Candidates were able to pick up nominating petitions for the 16 open elected seats on July 9. Candidates for those seats – mayor, council and School Committee – have until Sept. 7 to gather signatures and submit them to the City Clerk’s Office.

Candidates for the mayor’s office must collect signatures from at least 100 registered Lewiston voters by the Sept. 7 deadline. Candidates for the City Council and seven School Committee seats must collect signatures from 50 registered voters from their ward. Candidates for the committee’s at-large position need signatures from 50 registered voters from anywhere in Lewiston.

Michael Dumas, of 213 Russell St., is currently the only candidate circulating a petition for the mayor’s seat.

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