LEWISTON — Lewiston native Mike Lachance announced his bid for re-election as Ward 7 city councilor.

In a written statement, Lachance cites his representation of the residents he serves with a record of results as the driving force for his re-election bid.

“When I took office, our ward was lacking initiative and responsiveness on the council,” he said. “By listening to residents, taking action and then producing results, the real benefit of being a city councilor has become clear; the great reward is being the voice of residents and producing results for them in City Hall without selling out.”

While in office, Lachance led a successful effort to place the city’s restaurant health inspection reports online early in 2014. He helped stop a citywide property tax increase in fiscal year 2015, then helped cut Lewiston’s borrowing to an unprecedented 45 percent below the bonding limit for fiscal year 2016, according to his statement.

Lachance voted against placing bicycle lanes on Lisbon Street and does not support funding undocumented foreign nationals and asylum-seekers using taxpayer dollars.

With his re-election campaign underway, Lachance said he will continue to be the voice of Ward 7.

“I’ve listened to neighbors from the entire ward voice opposition to the pay-as-you-throw trash program and this program will not receive my support or vote. Whether it’s a rain tax, snow tax or trash tax, Lewiston’s spending problem needs to be handled with a responsibility to the taxpayers, not with a never-ending stream of new fees and taxes.”

Lachance attended Holy Cross School in Ward 7 and was raised in Lewiston, Auburn, Buckfield and Turner. He has also lived in Arizona and Bangor. He and his wife, Kristy, are the parents of two children, ages 8 and 20.

Employed at Neokraft Signs in Lewiston for 10 years, Lachance also owns a small photo restoration business, Central Maine Photo Services. For more information, visit lachance2015.com, or “Councilor Mike Lachance” on Facebook.

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