AUBURN — Retired banker and Maine Turnpike Authority board member Bob Stone announced Sunday his plans to seek the Ward 2 City Council seat.

Stone, of Harrison Circle, said the city deserves strong leadership.

“I feel I have the knowledge and oversight experience in government operations and public finance to help city management and employees deliver quality services efficiently,” Stone said in a written statement.

The Ward 2 seat is held by Robert Hayes.

Stone has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Maine and has worked at banks around the Northeast, including the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and First National Bank of Boston.

In Maine, he held senior positions at Northeast Bankshare, Norstar, Fleet, Camden National and Androscoggin banks.

Stone represents Androscoggin County as a member of the Board of the Maine Turnpike Authority and serves as the chairman of the turnpike authority’s Finance and Audit subcommittee.

Auburn’s election season begins next week, when candidates for city office can begin passing nominating petitions. All 16 elected positions will be up for election on November’s ballot — School Committee, City Council and mayor.

Potential candidates can get nominating petitions at the City Clerk’s office in Auburn Hall beginning July 6. Candidates for mayor must submit nomination papers signed by no fewer than 100 qualified registered voters in Auburn. Candidates for the City Council or the School Committee must submit completed nomination papers signed by no fewer than 25 qualified voters.

At-large candidates, including the mayor and at-large City Council and School Committee seats, can collect signatures from any registered voter in the city. Those seeking City Council and School Committee ward seats must collect signatures for registered voters living in their wards.

Candidates must return their completed nomination papers to the City Clerk’s office by Aug. 20 to qualify for a spot on the Nov. 3 ballots.

All seats are for two-year terms beginning in late December.

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