BREWER, Maine — Brewer residents can meet the people running for office and learn more about their views and plans during a candidates forum on Monday, Oct. 26.
A meet-and-greet with the candidates will start at 6 p.m., followed by the forum at 6:30 p.m., at Brewer Community School, 92 Pendleton St.
There are three candidates, including a pair of incumbents, running for three-year terms on the Brewer City Council. Matt Vachon, a carrier for the U.S. Postal Service and the city’s mayor, is running for re-election. Jerry Goss, a two-time former mayor and former Brewer High School principal, also is running to retain his seat for a third term.
Adam Eldridge, a project engineer for Somatex Inc. and graduate of Brewer schools, has entered the race as an apparent newcomer to Brewer politics. He’ll by trying to take a seat from one of the incumbents.
Two three-year posts are opening on the five-member Brewer School Committee. Both incumbents — Dani O’Halloran and Kevin Forrest — are running to retain their seats.
Trying to win a spot at the committee table are Michael Hutchins, Corey Bobb and Tammy Smith. Hutchins taught in Brewer schools for 25 years and works as a federal law enforcement officer and chaplain. Bobb is a realtor with ERA Dawson-Bradford and parent of three Brewer schoolkids. Smith is a freelance court reporter with four children in the Brewer school system.
One other candidate, Randy Tompkins, was initially on the ballot but since has withdrawn his name. He declined to say why.
Two others, Michael Friel and Ashley Blanchard, will be vying for a one-year post on the school committee. That spot needs to be filled after Julie Milan resigned from the committee in September when she moved out of the district.
The committee has faced some criticism during the past year over its decision not to renew the contract of former Superintendent Jay McIntire. The school district has since hired Cheri Towle, who previously worked as principal of Wiscasset High School, to take over as superintendent. She’s expected to start work on Monday.
Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 3. Polls in Brewer will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Brewer Auditorium. Absentee ballots are available at the city clerk’s office inside Brewer City Hall, 80 N. Main St.
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