LEWISTON — Candidates for most of the contested City Council and mayoral races in both Lewiston and Auburn will be on hand Wednesday night at the Franco American Heritage Center.

The Young Professionals of the Lewiston and Auburn Area and the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce are hosting a reception for voters.

 It’s scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday with appetizers and a chance to mingle with the candidates and meet them.

Afterwards, the candidates will get a chance to address the crowd and introduce themselves. A short question-and- answer session is scheduled as well.

As of Monday, 17 of the candidates for office in the Twin Cities have said they plan attend, according to Jenny Moulton Ziebart, communications coordinator for the chamber.

They include both candidates for Auburn Mayor — Dick Gleason and Ron Potvin — all five candidates for the at-large Auburn Council seat, all three Lewiston Ward 1 candidates, two of the four Lewiston Ward 2 candidates and Lewiston Mayoral Candidate Mark Paradis.

Voters in both cities are scheduled to go to the polls to select new councilors and mayors on Nov. 3.

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Presented by the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce and Young Professionals of the Lewiston-Auburn area

• 5:30-8 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 7

• Franco American Heritage Center

A reception with appetizers is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by question and answer session with the candidates present.

Candidates expected so far include:

• Auburn mayoral candidates Dick Gleason and Ron Potvin

• Auburn at-large candidates Bob Menneally, Ken Bellefleur, Eric Samson, Gary Baillargeon and Belinda Gerry.

• Ward 5 Auburn Councilor Ray Berube

• Lewiston  mayoral candidate Mark. Paradis

•  Ward 1 Lewiston council candidates Stan Pelletier, John Butler and Douglas Stone.

• Ward 2 Lewiston council candidates Don D’Auteuil and Renee Bernier.

• Ward 4 Lewiston council candidate Ron Jean.

• Ward 6 Lewiston council candidate Mark Cayer.

• Ward 7 Lewiston council candidate Stephen Morgan.

For more information, go to www.yplaa.com on the Web.

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