Another election season has begun in the Twin Cities, with nomination papers available for all seats for the November balloting.

Lewiston City Hall in February 2019. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

In Lewiston and Auburn, municipal elections are held every two years for the City Council, School Committee and mayor.

Nomination papers became available Friday in Auburn and on Tuesday in Lewiston, marking the unofficial start to the municipal election season.

While the makeup of the elected bodies on both sides of the Androscoggin River could shift, there have not been many official announcements from current officials on who’s in and who’s out.

One notable exception is Lewiston Mayor Mark Cayer, who announced last month that he is not running for re-election. Cayer came into office in 2020, and said the combination of the pandemic and time demand impacting his business was the reason for his decision.

In Auburn, Mayor Jason Levesque said he is still undecided about seeking a third term, but will likely be making an announcement regarding his decision next week.

The election is Tuesday, Nov. 2.

In Lewiston, the City Council has one representative from each of the seven wards. The School Committee has one representative from each ward as well as one at-large position available. All positions are for two-year terms, which will begin Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022. All candidates must be at least 20 years old and must be registered voters of Lewiston.

Completed nomination papers must be filed with the City Clerk’s office no later than Friday, Sept. 3, by 4:30 p.m.

Candidates for mayor must submit nomination papers signed by not less than 100 or more than 200 qualified voters of Lewiston. Those interested in the at-large seat on the School Committee must submit completed nomination papers signed by not less than 50 or more than 100 qualified voters of Lewiston. Candidates for all other positions must submit nomination papers signed by not less than 50 or more than 100 qualified voters of the respective ward.

In Auburn, the City Council and School Committee have one representative from each of the five city wards, as well as two at-large positions. The mayor is elected at-large.

Candidates for mayor must submit nomination papers signed by not less than 100 qualified registered voters of Auburn. Anyone interested in the at-large seats on the City Council or School Committee must submit completed nomination papers signed by not less than 25 qualified voters of Auburn. Candidates for all ward seats must submit nomination papers signed by not less than 25 qualified voters of Auburn from the ward.

Completed nomination papers must be filed with the City Clerk’s office no later than Thursday, Aug. 19.

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