Along with many professions, the mayor of a city is a specific occupation, a part number, you might say, that in this case represents an important governmental machine.

Having to choose, I would vote for a newer (younger, in this case), healthy, energetic and efficient candidate; one who already has experience in the position, with very little deficiency and a whole bunch of great achievements from current office. That person, no matter where he ends up in representing the people of Maine, is moving up and will always be fond of and make his home town a priority. Of course, New Auburn is Auburn.

I would choose current Mayor Jonathan LaBonte to be mayor of Auburn for another term. But the message I convey, above all, is for residents to, please, just vote. People’s choices do matter.

Dan Bilodeau, Auburn

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