Name: Holly Lasagna

Office sought: Auburn City Council, Ward 1.

Occupation: health promotion manager at Healthy Androscoggin.

Education: Bachelor of Arts at Brown University, and a master’s degree in leadership studies at the University of Southern Maine and Lewiston-Auburn College.

Family: my husband, Peter, is the Bates College men’s lacrosse coach, and my children are Carmen, 25, and Deacon, 27.

Political experience: currently the co-chair of the Lewiston-Auburn Joint Charter Commission.

QUESTIONS

1. Why do you think you’re the most qualified, or best candidate for this seat?  

 Despite being unopposed, I am actively engaged in looking at the opportunities and the challenges that Auburn will face now and in the future. Through my work on the joint charter commission, I have come to understand what makes Auburn great and where I might be able to help address issues that prevent Auburn from becoming the best city we can be.

2. What do you believe is the biggest issue facing your city? Why? 

I believe that the questions about land use in Auburn are extremely important. It is vital that we look at all sides of the issue of how to best utilize the land resources that Auburn has, while maintaining its unique, rural character.

3. What do you like about the city budget passed this year, and what don’t you like?

 I believe that the study to look at the land-use issue is one that is well thought out, and I am happy that it has been supported by the current City Council. I am not sure that moving ahead with a decision about this without the full study is the best way forward. In addition, I was pleased with how the city and school resolved the issue about additional funds going to taxpayers. I think this shows goodwill on the part of both the council and the School Committee about what is best for taxpayers.

4. What is the best way for your city to boost economic development and its attraction to people from outside the region? 

After much study, discussion, and input from community members, I believe that merging the cities of Lewiston and Auburn is vital for our economic development and growth. Not only is it fiscally responsible, but also presents a unique opportunity to show what a creative, visionary and innovative place Lewiston-Auburn is. We are focusing on our future and the future of our children.

5. Do you support the merger of Lewiston and Auburn?

I do, for reasons I have stated above, but my commitment to the citizens of Auburn will not be affected by the outcome of the vote on Nov. 7. Because of my work on the joint charter commission, I am well-prepared to ensure that Auburn’s concerns are addressed, and the needs of the citizens met in either circumstance.

Holly Lasagna, candidate for Auburn, Ward 1.