AUBURN — As recently as May 28, City Council candidate Adam Lee was campaigning door-to-door in Auburn, despite being the only candidate for the vacant Ward 4 seat. 

Lee, who served on the City Council from 2013-15, is running unopposed for the seat in the June 13 special election, which also includes the school budget validation referendum that day. 

The unexpected opening on the council was created when former Councilor Ernestine “Tina” Gilbert announced her resignation in December. She moved from her home in the Ward 4 district, which required her to forfeit her seat.  

After the city announced the special election on June 13, two people took out nomination papers, but only Lee submitted them. In that time, Lee has attended every City Council meeting. 

Lee, 37, is an attorney at Trafton, Matzen, Belleau & Frenette and has been heavily involved in the Auburn community. He is a longtime mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Androscoggin County, and has served on the board of directors of the Lewiston Education Fund, volunteered at the Auburn YMCA, and has helped judge and coach the Edward Little High School speech and debate team.

The Ward 4 term expires in December, making it a quick turnaround for anyone elected to the seat.


After the official results are certified on June 13, Lee will be sworn in at the next City Council meeting on June 19. He said Thursday that he’s excited to get to work.

“There is substantial work remaining to be done on this year’s budget,” he said. “I am focused on that and on representing the residents of Ward 4 at the June 19 council meeting.” 

The special election is for Ward 4 voters only. The ward includes the neighborhoods of Fairview and Sherwood Heights elementary schools.

Lee lives at 46 Garden Circle.

Adam Lee is the sole candidate for Auburn City Council Ward 4 on June 13. 



A special municipal election will be held Tuesday, June 13. It will feature a special state referendum bond issue, the Auburn school budget validation and a special election for the Ward 4 City Council seat. 

Absentee ballots are now available. The deadline for requesting an absentee ballot is June 8. 

Polling places:

Ward 1 — Washburn School, 35 Lake Auburn Ave.

Ward 2 — Auburn Middle School, 38 Falcon Drive

Ward 3 — Fairview School, 397 Minot Ave.

Ward 4 — Auburn Hall, 60 Court St.

Ward 5 — Sherwood Heights School, 32 Sherwood Drive

Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

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