Bangor Election 2018 News

These 10 people want your vote for Bangor public office — Bangor — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine

These 10 people want your vote for Bangor public office — Bangor — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine

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Bangor Metropolis Corridor.

By Callie Ferguson, BDN Employees •
October 18, 2018 11:34 am

Ladies make up nearly all of candidates hoping to serve on the Bangor Metropolis Council after subsequent month’s election, a primary a minimum of in current reminiscence.

4 ladies and three males are operating for three seats on the nine-person panel, which presently has three ladies members. The candidates embrace two incumbent councilors who’re hoping to rejoin the physique for new three-years phrases. Councilor Joe Perry introduced earlier this fall that he wouldn’t run for re-election.

[Read the BDN’s election 2018 coverage here]

Within the barely much less aggressive faculty committee race, voters will determine which of three candidates will fill two open seats on the seven-person board. The candidates, together with the board’s former chairman, additionally would serve three-year-terms.

Election Day is Nov. 6.

Metropolis Council

Allen “Seth” Braun, 26, is an electrical engineer who moved to Bangor two years in the past from Atlanta, Georgia. In his second consecutive bid for Bangor Metropolis Council, he stated he’s operating “to keep the conversation moving leftward.”

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Allen “Seth” Braun.

Motivated by a nationwide push to extend police accountability and by particular incidents in Bangor, Braun stated he needs to see the town’s police pressure outfitted with physique cameras. He has already researched ways in which the town might buy the know-how for round $300,000, he stated.

Usually, Braun helps city-driven initiatives to assist people dwelling on the fringe of their means, akin to increasing the hours of the town’s bus service, and creating extra group gardens close to low-income housing, he stated. He needs Bangor to encourage builders to construct extra reasonably priced housing right here, however he additionally believes in the potential for authorities intervention. “Rent control is a great idea” to maintain costs down, he stated.

Braun is an unbiased who belongs to the Socialist Social gathering of Maine, he stated.

John Cashwell, a semi-retired marketing consultant within the forestry business and U.S. Air Drive veteran, served on the Bangor Metropolis Council from 2003 to 2006, and was chairman his ultimate yr. He was a metropolis councilor in Calais through the 1980s, and he’s additionally made two unsuccessful State Home bids.

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John Cashwell,

Cashwell touted earlier achievements as a metropolis councilor as a purpose to vote for him, particularly his position in negotiations to determine what has turn out to be Hollywood On line casino in Bangor. However Bangor is dealing with a special set of points than when he beforehand served, Cashwell stated.

If elected subsequent month, the 70-year-old needs to pivot the town’s consideration to social points, such because the “homeless issues [and] drug issues” which have plagued neighborhoods and created spectacles of poverty and “despair” in Pickering Sq. and elsewhere within the metropolis, he stated. Cashwell needs to create a pilot program to provide the town’s “troubled youth” methods to spend their time through the day, and ultimately transition into jobs and housing.

Cashwell is a registered Republican.

Nicole Golden-Bouchard, 42, is a public curiosity lawyer at Pine Tree Authorized, the place she represents victims of home violence. That is her first bid for public office.

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Nicole Golden-Bouchard.

The opioid disaster is the best problem dealing with Bangor, in accordance with Golden-Bouchard. If elected, the Well being Fairness Alliance board member would promote collaboration among the many metropolis and its service organizations to invent “holistic, humanistic” new concepts to mitigate the disaster.

As well as, Golden-Bouchard stated she would struggle to alleviate property taxes; foyer to revive beforehand larger ranges of state income sharing to Bangor; and discover public-private partnerships to deal with social issues by way of social impression bonds. She is eager about creating mixed-use developments across the Bangor Mall space as a method to create extra reasonably priced housing and increase public transit ridership to that a part of the town.

Golden-Bouchard is a registered Democrat.

Amy Lee Tidd, 35, is a cost nurse at Northern Mild Japanese Maine Medical Middle. She was impressed to make her first bid for office when she volunteered in hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico final yr and observed how concerned native officers have been within the lives of their constituents.

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Amy Lee Tidd.

Lee Tidd has a background in advocacy and volunteering, having labored at Bangor’s youth homeless shelter and on the Well being Fairness Alliance triage clinic. As a board member of the Maine State Nurses’ Affiliation, the state’s nurses union, “I have a lot of experience bargaining for the best deal for a large group of people,” she stated.

Lee Tidd helps increasing bus service and making Bangor extra walkable (she doesn’t drive). She needs to safe extra funding for packages that mitigate the area’s opioid disaster; deliver the police and hearth departments to full staffing ranges (the police division is chronically understaffed); and create extra high quality, reasonably priced housing in Bangor.

Lee Tidd is a registered Democrat.

David Nealley, 57, is operating for his third consecutive and fourth general time period on the town council. He’s the writer of Maine Seniors journal and chairs the town’s Enterprise and Financial Improvement Committee. In comparison with this yr’s slate of candidates, lots of whom are political newcomers, Nealley cited his expertise as a main purpose to re-elect him.

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David Nealley.

“I do provide some stability, experience, and some institutional knowledge,” he stated.

A self-described “budget hawk,” Nealley favors restricted authorities and minimal spending. His precedence is to spur financial progress in Bangor — which, he famous, has seen main developments to its downtown and waterfront since he’s been on the council — however with out burdening property taxpayers. He referred to as the town’s reasonably priced housing crunch an issue, however stated it isn’t the town’s duty “to be in the housing business,” and he deferred to organizations akin to Penquis and the Bangor Housing Authority to spearhead options.

Nealley is a registered Republican however describes himself as a liberartian.

Sarah Nichols is operating for her second time period on the Metropolis Council, and increasing entry to public transportation continues to be a core of her platform, she stated. The 28-year-old Bangor native want to proceed urgent for upgrades to the town’s growing older bus fleet, extra bus stops, and an extension of the bus service’s hours previous 6:30 p.m.

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Sarah Nichols.

The Group Connector’s daytime, Monday-Saturday schedule isn’t handy for a big phase of the inhabitants that makes use of the service — people who work retail and repair jobs that don’t conform to 9-to-5 schedules.

Nichols additionally helps creating municipally funded broadband infrastructure and exploring methods to construct extra reasonably priced housing. “What I always tell everyone is that people who work hard deserve to stay ahead, and should stay ahead. That’s kind of my motto,” she stated.

Nichols, a graduate of Emerge Maine, which recruits and trains Democratic ladies to run for office, works for the Maine Schooling Affiliation in Augusta and is a registered Democrat.

Gretchen Schaefer works at Husson College, serving to school combine know-how into their classes and educating within the Faculty of Schooling. She’s additionally the president of the PTO for the 14th Road Faculty, and that is her first bid for public office.

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Gretchen Schaefer.

As a working mom and the kid of getting old mother and father who ultimately plan to retire in Bangor, Schaefer, 43, needs to make Bangor a welcoming, accessible place to stay for each the younger and the previous, she stated. The Washington County native helps fixing the roads and sidewalks to make them extra walkable, and fostering a way of group inside Bangor’s neighborhoods.

She recognized Bangor’s housing crunch as the best drawback dealing with the town, and would push for the creation of extra reasonably priced housing within the metropolis. She is strongly in favor creating municipally funded broadband in Bangor — a “no-brainer” that might appeal to companies and telecommuters, she stated.

She is a registered Democrat.

Faculty Committee

Warren Caruso served 9 years on the varsity committee, together with his final 4 years as its chair, till he hit the board’s three-term restrict in 2017.

Courtesy of Monty Rand

Courtesy of Monty Rand

Warren Caruso.

If elected once more, he stated he would give attention to two main points dealing with the district. He needs to safe extra faculty funding from the state, and alleviate the burden on property taxpayers. He additionally needs to assist the district grapple with altering state and federal assessments of scholar efficiency, which makes it troublesome for Bangor to persistently consider itself.

Caruso, 53, is the director of main presents and the lads’s basketball coach at Husson College, however has served in a number of capacities there and considers himself “a lifelong educator” who’s “very passionate about Bangor.”

John Hiatt, 35, is an ed tech and licenced behavioral well being skilled who works with college students with particular instructional wants. He’s additionally a substitute instructor in Bangor, and can be required to cease that work if elected to the varsity committee. He’s operating on a two-pronged platform to enhance metropolis faculties.

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John Hiatt.

First, Hiatt needs to see the district’s curriculum go “back to basics,” incorporating extra courses that train college students “to be able to cook, balance a checkbook, make somewhat sound financial decisions,” he stated. Second, he needs to extend transparency on the varsity committee by including extra public remark alternatives throughout conferences.

“Any contact you make with a school board member is automatically directed to the superintendent,” he stated, a coverage he would push to vary. Hiatt can also be operating for Penobscot County treasurer.

Ken Huhn is a well being care skilled who runs a nursing residence in Ellsworth. The previous chair of the Bangor Area Chamber of Commerce, he has served on a lot of metropolis boards.

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Ken Huhn.

Huhn needs to get rid of “brain drain,” and envisions a robust faculty district because the pipeline for financial progress that may retain graduates. Nicely-prepared Bangor college students ought to go on to the world’s handful of schools, then stick round to seek out and create good jobs within the area, he stated.

If elected, Huhn would foyer for extra state funding. Relying so closely on property taxes “is the wrong ways of funding schools,” he stated. His two grownup sons attended Bangor faculties, and Huhn sits on the President’s Advisory Board at Japanese Maine Group School.

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