LEWISTON — Mayor Larry Gilbert announced Thursday his plans to seek re-election.

“It has been an honor to serve the citizens of Lewiston, and I want to continue our important work,” Gilbert said in a statement.

He pointed to his efforts to sell the Androscoggin Bank Colisee, his Saturday morning coffees, newspaper columns and program on Great Falls TV as accomplishments.

“We’re all in this together and we need people’s ideas to solve problems,” Gilbert said. “Government can’t do it alone.”

Gilbert also listed the renaming of the Twin Cities’ south bridge in honor of Nobel Prize winner Dr. Bernard Lown, anti-graffiti and anti-litter campaigns as accomplishments.

Gilbert also championed efforts to create a citizens committee to advise the City Council on the budget, but was twice defeated.

“I still think this is a viable concept and is in keeping with my commitment to a greater say by the citizens of our government,” Gilbert said.

If elected, Gilbert would be cleared to serve five years as mayor, an exception to Charter rules.

According to the City Charter, the mayor is limited to two two-year terms. Lionel Guay resigned his seat in 2006, midway through his second term. Voters elected Gilbert to finish Guay’s term in a February 2007 special election, and he was re-elected in November 2007. He began serving his first full term as mayor in January 2008 and would serve until January 2012 if re-elected in November.

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