Lewiston’s elected officials are sworn in Jan. 3, 2018. Former Mayor Shane Bouchard, center, resigned in March, and Kristen Cloutier, left, has filled the role since. Those elected Nov. 5 will take the oath of office Jan. 6. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal file photo

LEWISTON — A changing of the guard for city officials will take place after the New Year’s holiday, including mayor-elect Mark Cayer and others who won elections Nov. 5 are sworn in.

The City Clerk’s office announced the inaugural ceremony Monday. It will take place at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 6 at The Dolard & Priscilla Gendron Franco Center, 46 Cedar St.

“All members of the public are invited to attend this evening of celebration to acknowledge the newly elected and returning members of Lewiston city government,” according to a news statement. “The inauguration is the first celebration for the city of Lewiston to mark the new year and all members of the public are welcome to attend.”

Outgoing Mayor Kristen Cloutier will present her farewell remarks and incoming Mayor Mark Cayer will give an inaugural address, highlighting aspirations for the next two years. Additionally, the City Council will nominate and elect a council president for the 2020-22 term, and the School Committee will nominate and elect a chairperson for the 2020-22 term. According to the statement, both will give brief speeches.

Four of the seven council seats will see new faces because two councilors stepped down, one lost his seat and Cloutier’s seat in Ward 5 was vacant.

Elected officials taking their oath of office include Cayer and members of the City Council and School Committee.

The 2020-22 city councilors are Safiya Khalid, Ward 1; Zachary Pettengill, Ward 2; Alicia Rea, Ward 3; Michel Lajoie, Ward 4; Luke Jensen, Ward 5; Kerryl Lee Clement, Ward 6; and Stephanie Gelinas, Ward 7.

Members of the 2020-22 School Committee are Megan Parks, at-large; Bruce Damon, Ward 1; Monique Roy, Ward 2; Kiernan Majerus-Collins, Ward 3; Tanya Whitlow, Ward 4; Lynnea Hawkins, Ward 5; Ronald Potvin, Ward 6; and Ryan Donovan, Ward 7.

Additional details regarding the ceremony will be announced closer to the event.

A dessert reception will immediately follow the ceremony, with catering provided by the Lewiston Regional Technical Center’s culinary arts program.


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