Lewiston candidates start passing petitions

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LEWISTON – Six residents have signaled their intention to run for City Council this November.

Candidates were able to pick up nominating petitions for the 16 open elected seats on Monday. 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.

Attorney Thomas Peters II of 937 Main St. is circulating a nominating petition to run for Ward 1 City Council, the seat currently held by Stavros Mendros.

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. is circulating petitions for the council seat currently held by Ron Jean.

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

Only incumbent Councilor Mark Paradis in Ward 6 is circulating petitions for another term. No potential candidates have stepped forward in the mayor’s race or in wards 4 and 5.

In School Committee elections, incumbent John Butler and former member Ronella Paradis of 82 Prospect Ave. are circulating petitions. Butler is seeking re-election to the Ward 1 seat and Paradis is seeking the Ward 6 seat. No potential candidates have stepped forward for the at-large seat or in wards 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7.

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.

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