Sun Journal Voters guide Lewiston-Auburn 2013

Candidates in their own words:
A collection of voting information and online candidate profiles for voters in the Cities of Lewiston and Auburn, Maine. www.sunjournal.com

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Table of Contents
Auburn voter information Polling Places.......................................................4 Absentee Ballots ..................................................4 Open Seats..........................................................4 Auburn Candidate Profiles Mayoral Candidate Jonathan LaBonte................................................5 City Council — Ward 1 Tizz E.H. Crowley................................................6 City Council — Ward 2 Robert Hayes.......................................................9 City Council — Ward 3 Mary LaFontaine..................................................9 City Council — Ward 4 Adam R. Lee......................................................11 Doris C. Russell..................................................13 City Council — Ward 5 Leroy Walker.....................................................14 Raymond Berube...............................................16 City Council — at large Belinda Gerry.....................................................16 David Young......................................................20 John T. Spruill....................................................22 Levi. G. Gervais.................................................23 Robert A. Sevigny..............................................25 School Committee — at large Christopher T. Langis........................................27 Francois Bussiere..............................................28 Laurie Tannenbaum..........................................30 Robert Mennealy...............................................31 Ron Potvin.........................................................32 School Committee — Ward 1 Michael Farrell..................................................33 School Committee — Ward 2 Bonnie Hayes....................................................33 School Committee — Ward 3 Daniel Herrick....................................................34 Thomas Kendall.................................................34 School Committee — Ward 4 Tracey Levesque...............................................34 School Committee — Ward 5 Lawrence Pelletier.............................................36 Stanwood "Joe" Gray.........................................37 Lewiston voter information Polling Place.....................................................38 Absentee Ballots...............................................38 Open Seats.......................................................38 Lewiston Candidate Profiles Mayoral Candidates Laurent Gilbert..................................................39 Robert Macdonald............................................41 City Council — Ward 1 JohnT. Butler....................................................42 Leslie T. Dubois................................................44 City Council — Ward 2 Donald D'Auteuil...............................................45 City Council — Ward 3 Nathan Libby.....................................................45 City Council — Ward 4 Darcy Reed.......................................................46 Doreen Christ....................................................48 City Council — Ward 5 Charles A. Soule...............................................50 Kristen Cloutier.................................................51 Richard L. White...............................................53 City Council — Ward 6 Mark Cayer.......................................................54 City Council — Ward 7 Michael Lachance.............................................56 Richard Desjardins...........................................58 School Committee — at large Cindy Mendros.................................................59 Zam Zam Mohamud.........................................60 School Committee — Ward 1 Linda M. Scott...................................................61 School Committee — Ward 2 Paul St. Pierre...................................................61 Stavros Mendros...............................................62 School Committee — Ward 3 Trinh Burpee.....................................................63 School Committee — Ward 4 James R. Handy...............................................64 School Committee — Ward 6 Dawn Hartill.......................................................66 Matthew P. Roy.................................................67 School Committee — Ward 7 Tom Shannon...................................................68

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State Bond Issues...................................................69 Question 1: $14 million bond for Maine Army National Guard Question 2: $15.5 million bond for University of Maine facilities

Question 3: $100 million bond for transportation infrastructure. Question 4: $4.5 million bond for Maine Maritime Academy science facility Question 5: $15.5 million bond for Maine Community College system

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Auburn voter information

Polling Places
Ward 1: Ward 2: Ward 3: Ward 4: Ward 5: Washburn School Auburn Middle School Auburn Hall Fairview School Sherwood Heights 35 Lake Auburn Ave. 38 Falcon Dr. 60 Court St. 397 Minot Ave. 32 Sherwood Dr.

Absentee Ballots
Call or visit the City Clerk’s office in Auburn Hall to register for an absentee ballot or go the city’s website, www.auburnmaine.gov. Ballots can be requested until Oct. 31, 2013 and must be returned by 8 p.m. Nov. 5. Contact City Clerk: Sue Clements-Dallaire, sdallaire@auburnmaine.gov or 207 333-6601, for more information.

Open Seats
Mayor City Council Ward 1 City Council Ward 2 City Council Ward 3 City Council Ward 4 City Council Ward 5 City Council At large (two seats) Jonathan LaBonte Tizz E.H. Crowley Robert Hayes Mary LaFontaine Adam R. Lee Doris C. Russell Leroy Walker Raymond Berube Belinda Gerry David Young John T. Spruill Levi. G. Gervais Robert A. Sevigny School Committee Ward 1 School Committee Ward 2 School Committee Ward 3 School Committee Ward 4 School Committee Ward 5 School Committee At large (two seats) Michael Farrell Bonnie Hayes Daniel Herrick Thomas Kendall Tracey Levesque Lawrence Pelletier Stanwood “Joe” Gray Christopher Langis Francois Bussiere Laurie Tennenbaum Robert Mennealy Ronald Potvin

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Auburn Candidate Profiles
Mayoral Candidate
Jonathan LaBonte
Office Sought: Auburn Mayor Home Street Address: 41 Third St. Campaign Phone Number: 207 782-1174 Campaign Email Address: jlabonte08@gmail.com Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/jonathanplabonte/ Twitter Account: MayorLaBonte Occupation or primary source of income: Executive Director of the Androscoggin Land Trust Education: Graduate of St. Dominic's Regional High School; B.S. Chemical Engineering - University of Maine at Orono; Graduate Courses in Public Administration - University of Maine at Orono. Family: My immediate family still calls Auburn home. My sister and I live in New Auburn and my parents own a home in Auburn. I'm fortunate to have a grandmother living in Auburn as well. Public offices sought or held? In 2008, I was elected to serve as an Androscoggin County Commissioner. In 2011, I chose to run for Mayor of Auburn and, when sworn in, left my County post one year before the end of my term. Ice breakers What is your favorite food? It's a long list...but the greek salad at 84 Court and the rib eye burger at Fuel jump to the top of the local list. What is your favorite movie? The original "Manchurian Candidate" and "Gladiator" are tied at the top of my list. What is your favorite book? I don't think I have a favorite, but with my love of local history, anything written by Doug Hodgkin would be on my short list. What Maine political figure do you admire most? If I had to pick one from recent history, I would say the late Senator Edmund Muskie. When I think of the opportunities that stand before communities like Lewiston-Auburn or Jay and Livermore Falls, to reconnect people to recreation and development along the river, his willingness to break with tradition and community sentiment to advocate for a cleaner Androscoggin River has created a legacy even he might not have imagined. And that story, because of his advocacy in Washington, is now able to play out across post-industrial communities throughout the country. Local politics What has Mayor Jonathan LaBonte done during the past two years that you agree with? What has he done that you disagree with? If I were to assess this, I'd say I still agree with my push to ensure that economic development and transportation policies for Auburn are in line with where the community can aspire to go, and not beholden to outdated and entrenched positions. Whether it is focusing in small business and downtown development or fighting for transportation connections where people live and not out in industrial parks. I would say that I've learned through these first two years that by cutting back on the use of "Open Sessions" for question and answer sessions and debate between the public, elected officials and staff, there was not an alternative set up to allow these discussions to occur. While they don't necessarily belong in a council business meeting, residents need

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to have a channel to ask hard questions and be part of discussions and a vehicle for doing that should have been proposed at the same time. I believe the community conversation series is the start of a broader effort to listen to residents and bring all of us into the discussion of where we are going. What has the city council done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? The Council has taken strong stands on policy issues that have long been discussed and debated without progress. These include stating clearly that agencies we fund must put downtown rail connections as a priority, stating that Auburn wishes to see commuter connections to Portland, and requiring that a contract for services by the Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council be brought before them by November or funding will be lost. These are not easy debates to have, but they must be had. What has the city manager and the city staff done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? After a rough few years of uncertainty, I am proud that our staff has come together as a team and remain committed to the future of our community. That shows a lot of character and we are fortunate to have the men and women that work for this city putting in that type of effort. What has the school committee done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with?

The School Committee making the hard decision to privatize school transportation to ensure we can limit funding spent on non-core functions and maximize dollars in the classroom was a bold step that should be commended.The School Committee not sharing the direction of the Auburn City Council that we should ask our lead management to discuss consolidation of back-office services to further save dollars was frustrating. I remain optimistic that after November this will be an option. What is your solution for Auburn's high school? With assurances that the state will be a partner in a new high school facility, we should create a NEW planning committee for high school education in the community that includes a focus on transitions from high school to the trades, community colleges or four year colleges. The programming and services discussion occurring now, with partners such as Lewiston High School and the Regional Tech Center, Bates, USM, CMCC, Kaplan and others, will ensure that the new school we build will meet the 21st century needs that cant be met at partner facilities. Auburn taxpayers cannot afford to maintain the existing educational facilities here, let alone a new $60 million high school, even if the state funds the initial capital. An honest discussion about capital improvement citywide in school facilities is needed to put us on solid financial footing going forward to all school facilities, serving PreK - 12, will match in quality the efforts of the teachers inside.

City Council — Ward 1
Tizz E.H. Crowley
Office Sought: Auburn City Council, Ward 1 Home Street Address: 35 University Street Campaign Email Address: auburnward1@yahoo.com Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tizz-CrowleyAuburn-City-Councilor-Ward-1... Occupation or primary source of income: Retired. I spent almost 30 years as a Medical Group Administrator and health care consultant where I was responsible for the profitability, productivity, and efficiency of the business. I was responsible for the

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overall operation of the practice as well as activities that relate to the future growth of the practice (strategic planning and marketing). My role required me to develop, implement, and coordinate policies relating to all aspects of personnel administration including recruitment, salary and benefits administration, labor law compliance and employee relations. Often I had to interpret state and federal regulations that relate to health care industry or the practice. I was accountable for adhering to all regulatory, credentialing, and licensing requirements, monitoring compliance activities for our organization. Education: Edward Little High School Graduate. I have a Baccalaureate degree from the University of Maine at Portland-Gorham with a Political Science major. I achieved American College of Medical Practice Executives: Certification in 1980, and was granted Life Member status when I retired. Family: I have one wonderful adult son and lovely daughter in law who live in Vermont. I have two sisters with very patient husbands, nieces and nephews and many long time friends who are family to me. Public offices sought or held? I currently am honored to serve as an Auburn City Councilor for Ward 1. I may still hold the record as the youngest elected official in the City of Auburn. While in college, the voting age in Maine dropped from 21 years old to 18 years old. I was elected Ward Clerk for Ward 4 when I was less than 20 years old. At the time, it made me the youngest elected official in Auburn — haven't had time to do the research to see if I still enjoy the title. Civic organizations: Locally, I belong to the Chamber of Commerce, the Elks, the Woman's Literary Union, the Perkins Ridge Snowmobile Club, The Maine Women's Network, and the Auburn Business Association. I am also a life member of Girl Scouts and the Medical Group Management Association. Ice breakers What is your favorite food? Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate- rare beef, good Irish Whiskey, and did I mention chocolate? My favorite comfort food, which comes from childhood, is

macaroni and milk with butter. I do eat vegetablessince I was a kid, I've loved spinach, butternut squash, and asparagus. And I've yet to meet a potato I didn't like. Yes, chocolate. What is your favorite movie? I'm not a movie goer- so the last one I saw I really liked was "Lincoln". Growing up my Dad took my sisters and I to the drive-in. I can remember watching the end of "Blue Hawaii" in the pouring rain while my sisters slept. I think we saw every Elvis Presley movie... most of the time in our pajamas. Of course I remember seeing "101 Dalmatians" when the line went from the Empire Theater all around the Peck's building. Imagine 17 teenage girls, all sitting in a row, crying all through "Gone with the Wind". Oh, and the first kiss, on the way home from "Dr. Zhivago". I really don't remember movies, but definitely love the memories this question evokes. What is your favorite book? My all time favorite book is the "Littlest Witch" — author unknown to me. It's out of print. It's a wonderful story of change and adaptation. I collect Maine authors; Mary C. Jane, a mystery writer, John Gould, a Maine humorist, William Cohen, senator, secretary of defense, writer and poet. I enjoy biographies and particularly enjoy any writings about Margaret Chase Smith. Everyone should read her Declaration of Conscience annually. What is the best political advice you have received? Trust your instincts and do your homework. What Maine political figure do you admire most? This is a tough question. Maine has had some remarkable leadership. Maybe it would be Ed Muskie or Dorothea Dix. Governor/Senator Muskie was so Maine- growing up in Rumford, studying at Bates and leaving a lasting legacy of an improved environment. I don't remember him as Governor, but I think I recall the photos of him on the Capitol Steps in New Hampshire. Thanks to his devotion to Maine and to the nation, we got the Clean Air and the Clean Water acts. I can remember the green form on the Androscoggin- hard to imagine with the beautiful falls today. At all times humble, he was able to work

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across party lines to get the work done. While living in Hampden I learned of Dorothea's life work to protect and improve the lives of the mentally ill and the imprisoned. Committed to the unwanted and underprivileged the results of her activism can still be seen today in our institutions. One might not think of Dorothea Dix as a political figure, but she had to be politically talented to achieve all she did. Local politics What has Mayor Jonathan LaBonte done during the past two years that you agree with? What has he done that you disagree with? We agree on the importance of Quality of Life as a key economic development factor. I believe I place a higher value on excellent customer service and courtesy. The mayor seems to focus on the outcome, and I think the process of getting there is just as important. I think we've learned we can get more done by working together on issues we agree with, which is a lot, rather than the items we on which we differ. What has the city council done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? I agree with the unanimous vote of the Council to authorize a downtown transportation center. I disagree with the process used to approve the budget. I think we should have examined and discussed line items and we should not have voted on a final budget without a complete budget document. I understand majority rules and have learned a challenging lesson — it takes at least four votes to get something done. What has the city manager and the city staff done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? I strongly support the goal of citizen engagement, so any steps we've taken to facilitate getting information and data to residents I appreciate. I value staff that has the "can do" rather than the "we can't" attitude.

In the same vein, we continue to ignore the fact that many, many taxpayers do not have access to the Internet and yet the City does not have a plan or method of regular communication with the community. It is not the Sun Journal's responsibility to get the word out. Residents are the top of Auburn's organizational chart. Council and staff need to be sure there are clear and consistent lines of communication. What has the school committee done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? I support Mass Customized Learning as the way more students can get the individualized attention needed. The School Committee set the direction for Mass Customized Learning. I disagree with the continuing "them and us" attitude between the Council and the School committee. For some (on both elected bodies) it seems it's more important to exert their power than to get a desired outcome. What is your solution for Auburn's high school? I'd focus on the needs and requirements for Mass Customized Learning and plan for a Center of Lifelong Learning. While our physical plants have to be safe, secure and comfortable for learning, it's not the walls or the fields that will make the difference. We could have a "office like" complex, open 20 hours a day, used by one- to-80 year-olds. Focus on content in the classroom, recognize teachers as professionals and hold parents, staff and students accountable for getting the job done they have been assigned. Mediocre efforts or outcomes cannot be acceptable. Any last words? Thank you for the opportunity you have given me these past two years. I have enjoyed meeting so many wonderful and caring people who want the best for Auburn. I will continue to work so everyone's voice and opinion is heard. I do believe leadership has the responsibility to set an example. We can have fun while doing good, so I would continue to focus on those issues which make Auburn- Auburn, a place we want to live and enjoy.

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City Council — Ward 2
Robert Hayes
Office Sought: Auburn City Council, Ward 2 Home Street Address: 172 Allen Ave. Campaign Phone Number: 782-1386 Campaign Email Address: bhayes@auburnmaine.gov Occupation or primary source of income: Business Manager (J.L.HAYES/AGWAY) Education: Edward Little High School, Union College (SCHENECTADY, NY); BS (IND. ECONOMICS); University of Southern Maine; BS (BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION) University of Maine, Augusta; Public Administration courses. Family: Enjoy sailing, skiing and spending time with wife (BONNIE), children (GRETCHEN AND BEN) and their spouses and children...and the extended families. Public offices sought or held? Ward 2 council person since 2005; Planning board member 1977-1990 (CHAIR 1988-1990); Lewiston Downtown D&M Corp. Director 1980-1987 Civic organizations: Lost Valley Ski School Ice breakers What is your favorite food? Enjoy all. What is your favorite movie? No particular favorite. What is your favorite book? No particular favorite. What is the best political advice you have received? Listen What Maine political figure do you admire most? An E.L. classmate: Olympia Snow. Local politics What has Mayor Jonathan LaBonte done during the past two years that you agree with? What has he done that you disagree with? The results of what one does or does not do pivot on communications and are the subject to the test of time. What has the city council done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? Same comment as above. What has the city manager and the city staff done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? Same comment as above. What has the school committee done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? Same comment as above. What is your solution for Auburn's high school? Rebuild with state funding assistance. Any last words? That I appreciate the opportunity to be involved and to better understand the complexities of decision making.

City Council — Ward 3
Mary LaFontaine
Office Sought: Auburn City Council, Ward 3 Home Street Address: 113 Western Ave Campaign Phone Number: 513-2364 Campaign Email Address: mary.lafontaine@yahoo.com Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mary-LaFontaine-forAuburn-City-Council/1... Occupation or primary source of income: State of Maine-Department of Labor

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Education: BA-Studio Arts; University of WI-Stevens Margaret Chase Smith — great role model for women Point: MS-Adult Education; University of Southern and a true pioneer for women in leadership positions Maine. Family: I am married to Richard LaFontaine and we Local politics have four adult children and nine grandchildren. I am one of six children; all of my siblings live in WI and MN. What has Mayor Jonathan LaBonte done during the My parents have both passed away in the last few past two years that you agree with? What has he years. done that you disagree with? Public offices sought or held? I am running for my I think Mayor Labonte is extremely bright and talented second term as City Councilor for Ward 3. in many ways. He is a visionary for moving Auburn Civic organizations: Currently, Board Chair for the forward. As the Councilors and Mayors from both Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce. Served Auburn and Lewiston move forward for the next term, I on the Board of Directors since 2006. would like to see more coalition building and finding In addition, Chaired the Chambers Workforce & strength in our common grounds. Education Committee; Chair Elect for College for MEAndroscoggin and have served as a Board Member What has the city council done during the past two since 2006.; Central/Western Workforce Investment years that you agree with? What have they done Board, 2006-present; Literacy Volunteers that you disagree with? Androscoggin, Board of Directors, 2004-2008 (Board I have been a supporter of the dual sheet ice arena Chair, 2005-2008; Tutor, 2003-2004) ; Healthy since its inception; I do believe the arena will break Androscoggin, Board of Directors, 2005-2008 (Vice even early on and make money as we move forward Chair/Chair Elect, 2006-2008, Personnel/Hiring and the economic spin off will benefit the City greatly. I Committee, 2006-2008); United Somali Women of haven't been disappointed by any one event or Maine, Advisory Council, 2009-2012; United Waydecision but I have been disappointed by the way Androscoggin, Impact Council Member (Allocations), some Councilors have micromanaged some 2007-2011 staff/departments. While I understand it is our job to Ice breakers oversee and we need to understand the workings, I don't believe we should act as department managers What is your favorite food? — that's what we have a City Manager and other If my mom were cooking, it would be spareribs and competent leaders for. sour kraut. If not her cooking, then it would be a rib eye steak and a baked potato. What has the city manager and the city staff done during the past two years that you agree with? What is your favorite movie? What have they done that you disagree with? Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory for fun movies. I think the staff have done an awesome job at The Grinch for Holiday Movies. Sophie's Choice is one responding to the many demands of this Council. We of the most memorable/moving movies I have seen. are fortunate to have the talented and dedicated staff that we do. What is your favorite book? My most recent favorite is the "The Help". What has the school committee done during the past two years that you agree with? What have What is the best political advice you have they done that you disagree with? received? The decreases in state funding have certainly created Listen, Listen, and Listen some more. Also, make challenges and I think there have been some good decisions that won't cause sleepless nights — using efforts made to meet those challenges. I also good information and sound reasoning. appreciate the efforts to incorporate technology into the classrooms. I have been disappointed by lack of What Maine political figure do you admire most? communication with the residents and what appears to
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be a lack of listening to residents. I'm not saying listening hasn't happened; but the appearance from so many residents is that the school committee (in general, not all members) are not hearing concerns from residents. A more robust communications/PR process could heal some of the concerns held by residents. What is your solution for Auburn's high school? State funding certainly will aid the effort. With that, building a new school and/or adding onto our current facility makes sense. However, cost of new vs.

renovated must continue to be evaluated. A good education comes from great teachers and programs — not a building. Any last words? I have tried hard in my first term to learn all there is to know about City Government and my role as Councilor and I believe I have been successful in that effort. I have tried to listen, learn, evaluate and make decisions based on what I believe is best for the majority of the residents of our great City. I look forward to serving a second term to continue that process.

City Council — Ward 4
Adam R. Lee
Office Sought: Auburn City Council, Ward 4 Home Street Address: 132 Main St. Campaign Phone Number: 207 312-4057 Campaign Email Address: adam4auburn@gmail.com Facebook page:https://www.facebook.co m/AdamRLeeForAuburn Occupation or primary source of income: Attorney at Skelton, Taintor & Abbott Education: B.A. in History, University of Texas; J.D., cum laude, Vermont Law School. Family: I am married to Heidi L. McCarthy Public offices sought or held? This is the first time I have sought public office. Civic organizations: I am a Big Brother mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Androscoggin County; I am a Committee Member of the Triple Crown 5K Series; I volunteer at the Auburn YMCA; I have helped judge and coach the Edward Little Speech and Debate Team and the Lewiston High School Mock Trial Team; I am a member of the Board of Directors of the Lewiston Education Fund; and am the Player/Manager for the Skelton, Taintor & Abbott softball team in the Auburn Recreational Softball League. Ice breakers What is your favorite food? Fresh fruits and vegetables...and Pizza. What is your favorite movie? Top 5, no particular order: "Field of Dreams, " "The Godfather," " E.T.," " It's a Wonderful Life," and "Glory." What is your favorite book? I am partial to historical non-fiction. Recently, I read and thoroughly enjoyed "Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend, a biography of Satchel Paige," by Larry Tye. What is the best political advice you have received? Do not pre-judge people or issues. What Maine political figure do you admire most? I admire both Olympia Snowe and George Mitchell. While members of different parties, each has shown, both in the US Senate and in their lives after the Senate, that good policy is far more important than politics.

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Local politics What has Mayor Jonathan LaBonte done during the past two years that you agree with? What has he done that you disagree with? I admire what Mayor LaBonte has done in setting the groundwork for meaningful and beneficial economic development in our community. I look forward to working with him on this. I believe, and I have shared this with him, that he and the council could do a better job engaging ALL of Auburn in the conversation on these issues. What has the city council done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? It is remarkably easy to be an "arm-chair" City Councilor. I am not running for a position on the "armchair" City Council. I am running for City Council. I am not running because anyone has done a bad job, nor would I choose not to run because I thought anyone did a good job. I am running because I have a set of skills that would benefit the council, and I want to do what is best for the Residents of Ward 4 and the City of Auburn. What has the city manager and the city staff done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? Manager Deschene has been on the job for just over a year. I believe he and his staff have effectively worked on cleaning up messes they inherited and are also focusing on the future. I am very enthusiastic to work with individuals who have their eyes set on improving our City. I was heartened to see Manager Deschene actively engaged in molding a vision for the future at the recent "Community Conversation" at Edward Little. What has the school committee done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with?

It has become very clear to me as I engage in conversations with Auburn residents that we agree that our number one priority is improving education. We differ on solutions. I believe that Auburn residents realize that the School Committee has a very difficult job at which it works earnestly. However, as residents we'd like to understand why the School Committee makes the decisions it does. The Committee should be more transparent in providing us details as to why it thinks certain things deserve funding, and why others do not. We need more transparency, and more dialogue. What is your solution for Auburn's high school? It would be arrogant to believe that any one of us has the solution or that it could fit in the allocated space for this post. If it were feasible, every single one of us would like to see a beautiful new state-of-the-art facility. We must be highly cautious, however, not to sacrifice beneficial educational programs simply to improve the facility. Good facilities alone do not make for a good education. I was educated in public schools. My mother worked in public schools. My wife is a public school teacher. We should do everything within our power to ensure that our teachers have the resources they need and that our students have the programs they need to make Auburn education exemplary. To the extent that requires improved facilities, we should consider all options including improvements short of a new facility and nonmunicipal funding sources. Any last words? I pride myself on being a pragmatist. I will always let you know what I think, but my mind is never closed to others who have different ideas. I am humble enough to know that I am not always right, but confident enough to stand my ground when I know that I am. I look forward to serving the Residents of Ward 4 and the City of Auburn.

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Doris C. Russell
Office Sought: Auburn City Council, Ward 4 Home Street Address: 20 Elm St. Campaign Phone Number: 783-9447 Campaign Email Address: dorruss66@aol.com Occupation or primary source of income: I was a State of Maine employee. My Income is from Maine State retirement. Education: I have a BA degree in psychology from the University of Maine, Orono. I graduated from Lewiston High School prior to going to college. Family: I am married to Ron Russell. We have one adult daughter who also lives locally. They are my immediate family. I have many cousins in Lewiston and Auburn as well as friends. Many of the friends that I socialize with live in the Augusta area and I am an honorary cousin to friends in the Portland area. Public offices sought or held? I've never sought public office before. My experience so far is from canvassing parts of my ward to gather signatures for the nomination petition to run for city council and seeking advice from office holders. I met a fair number of people that I had never had an opportunity to meet before now. I was surprised by how many people were not registered voters. Civic organizations: I am a member of the Woman's Literary Union here in Auburn. The running joke is that I don't have very far to go to attend the meetings (I live across the street). I am a board member for a relatively new organization, Grow L&A. We are volunteers who work to preserve the existing assets in the two cities and to bring resources to the twin cities. I also participate in a book club at the Lewiston Public Library. We meet monthly to discuss and give our impressions on a different book at each meeting.

Ice breakers What is your favorite food? I like to cook mainly because I like to try a lot of different food. Consequently, I have too many favorites, but pizza is first among almost equals. What is your favorite movie? I don't watch many movies, but over the years I did come to think of two as my favorites-"To Kill A Mocking Bird" and "The Gods Must Be Crazy." What is your favorite book? I like to read and I've enjoyed many books but I think that the book that impressed me the most was "A Tale Of Two Cities" even though it's been a long time since I've read it. What is the best political advice you have received? The best advice I got was: meet as many people as possible in my ward and ask them to vote for me. Makes sense to me. What Maine political figure do you admire most? Since this question was not limited to a particular era, I am reaching back to say that would be Ed Muskie for his environmental legislation. Local politics What has Mayor Jonathan LaBonte done during the past two years that you agree with? What has he done that you disagree with? I am supportive of the mayor's work on promoting the river and how much of an asset it is to the city and for his work to bring more transportation to the area. What has the city council done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? I am not sure if I support or oppose the city's involvement in the ice arena. I do think it's controversial. If it makes money for the city, that's great. If it loses money and taxpayers are on the hook for it, it seems priorities are misplaced since the high

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school is in such sad shape. I don't think there was enough study and consideration of the possible outcome for the arena. What has the city manager and the city staff done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? I'm not sure where the main responsibility is for the work that eliminated and resurrected recycling. Perhaps it was both the administration and the council. It seems that it has been a slow growing process to get citizens on board to recycle. To eliminate recycling for one year and then negotiate to start it up again didn't seem to be a good plan. It's bad enough that the recycling schedule is every other week on your garbage collection day except on those months when you have five garbage collection days in the month. What has the school committee done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with?

I really didn't follow the work of the school committee until the high school building was the main issue. I don't think it was productive for the school committee to keep working on a new high school building despite any visible means of support from the State for new schools for years, and other reduced funds from the State for cities and towns. That seemed to leave only taxpayers to pick up the tab. What is your solution for Auburn's high school? From what I've read, I agree that there's a real need for a solution for the high school but I don't know what it is unless there's a community wide effort to secure funds from other than the traditional sources. Any last words? I have many years of various administrative experience. I have been a social worker, a supervisor of a research evaluation and planning unit for social services, an operations manager and a comprehensive health planner. I am proud to be living in Auburn. My neighborhood in the downtown has been steadily but slowly improving.

City Council — Ward 5
Leroy Walker
Office Sought: Auburn City Council, Ward 5 Home Street Address: 41 Broad Street, Auburn, Maine 04210 Campaign Phone Number: (207) 577-2694 Campaign Email Address: lwalker@auburnmaine.gov Occupation or primary source of income: Retired Education: GED Family: Divorced with 3 sons and predeceased by daughter, Tracey May Walker; 15 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Public offices sought or held? This is the second time I have run for office. I successfully won the seat that I am seeking again, Auburn's Ward 5 City Councilor. I have enjoyed the time that I have spent working to make the City of Auburn better, with a specific focus on New Auburn, which is the area of the city I represent. Civic organizations: I am the founder of the United New Auburn Association, started almost 4 years ago in 2010. This organization is involved with Santa's arrival in New Auburn, the Spring Celebration weekly "Cruz" nights and "Hello-Ween" celebration, which had over 400 children participate in 2012. We host an annual pig roast, outside bands and DJs, etc. I have also been the president of the New Auburn Social Club for the past 7 years. The club has grown from 100 members to its present 700+ members. The club spends approximately $200,000 per year in the area, which stimulates the local economy. I became the president of the Central Maine Dart League over 20 years ago. The organization now has over 300 members who participate in establishments located in Auburn, Lewiston Lisbon, Lisbon Falls and

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Mechanic Falls. This league helps to stimulate businesses in the area and has a positive affect on the local economy. I am very focused on making the New Auburn community better and better, and I plan to do that by continuing to hold office on the Auburn City Council through which I can have the most impact. Ice breakers What is your favorite food? Steak, potato and salad. What is your favorite movie? The Three Stooges. I like their slapstick humor. What is your favorite book? "Tom Sawyer." What is the best political advice you have received? Listen well and talk only when you know what you are talking about. What Maine political figure do you admire most? Earlier in my life, I admired John F. Kennedy, though he was from Massachusetts. Today, I admire Angus King. Both men were/are "for the people" and they inspired my interest in working for the people of Auburn. Local politics What has Mayor Jonathan LaBonte done during the past two years that you agree with? What has he done that you disagree with? Mayor Labonte is a very intelligent person. He agrees that New Auburn needs a new facelift, and we work together on the New Auburn Village Master Plan as well as working to finish the new walk/park from the New Auburn Bridge to Bernard Lown Bridge. Mayor Labonte and I have been collaborating to put New Auburn on the map as it relates to the rest of Auburn. In years past, New Auburn has faded into the background, and we are working to make New Auburn a force to be reckoned with. I feel that things should be done in a more timely manner, and Mayor

Labonte feels that things have to be done in their own time. What has the city council done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? I strongly agree with the building of the new arena on Turner Street, and working with Mr. George Schott. Secondly, the council's approval to spend the money to bring the roads to a higher standard was a great success, i.e. South Main Street, Court Street, Main Street and many more. I disagree with the council as it relates to the Auburn Municipal Beach. I believe that the beach should have been open this past summer, and that its problems could and should have been fixed. The area is valuable to the citizens of Auburn, and is a muchneeded recreation and swimming area. What has the city manager and the city staff done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? With the council, the city manager, the state and our community all working together, we WILL make Route 4 a much safer road to travel on. I believe that moving the parks department to public works was not a good move. The parks department has its own distinction and job duties, specific to recreation and park beautification. By joining the departments together, we have lost the skill set that has been built up over many years. The parks department worked, hand in hand, with the recreation department, each one knowing what was needed from the other on a seasonal basis. It is my opinion that the quality of workmanship and pride are no longer there, and this will become more and more evident in the future. What has the school committee done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? The council and the school department have worked toward finding common ground with regard to their budget and responsibilities. The council disagreed with the school department's budget coming in too high. The public voted and agreed with the council that the budget needed to be cut in order to minimize the tax burden.

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What is your solution for Auburn's high school? I would eventually like to see a new high school built on the property where the middle school is located, creating a campus atmosphere, building one project at a time as the city can afford it. This would require the development of a master plan. We would have to save for a few years and hopefully, the state would be able to work with us to fund these projects. Any last words?

I would appreciate your vote on November 5, 2013. I promise to work hard on behalf of taxpayers for the benefit of all Auburn residents. When I'm re-elected, I will also continue to focus on the New Auburn community and village. I am committed to work diligently to find a way to save the St. Louis building, which is a historic landmark in New Auburn and worth saving, in my opinion. Please consider your vote carefully.

Raymond Berube
Candidate did not respond.

City Council — at large
Belinda Gerry
Office Sought: Auburn City Council, at large Home Street Address: 143 Mill St. Campaign Phone Number: 207-784-8458 (H) Campaign Email Address: PoliticsME@aol.com (H) My website is BelindaGerry.com Occupation or primary source of income: Auburn City Councilor, Notary Public Education: GED (High School Equivalence) and non-credit college courses Family: I have a cute cocker spaniel named Shadow whom I have raised from a 6 wk old puppy to a now 12-year-old. I enjoy doing things with my brother and my nephews. When I can, I also enjoy going out with friends and having lunch or visiting places that are diverse in culture. I take pleasure in meeting people, listening to various types of music and trying different types of foods. Public offices sought or held? In 1994, I was elected to represent Auburn in the Maine House of Representatives. I was honored to be re-elected for two more terms before deciding not to run as to allow someone else the opportunity and privilege to serve the city. In 2000 I ran for the Auburn City Council and was elected to serve as Councilor for Ward 5 and was re-elected again in 2002 and 2004. Then after a two term break I ran in 2009 and was elected as Auburn City Councilor, At-large and re-elected in 2011. I have served in that position until now where I am seeking re-election. Civic organizations: 1. I am a member of the Good Food for Lewiston Auburn Council. We intend to assist citizens in obtaining information as to where they can obtain high quality and nutritious food products and plan to announce our mission statement and more details about our group's endeavors in the coming weeks. 2. The United New Auburn Association - This group was organized to bring neighbors and local businesses together through fun activities, public awareness of issues that affect all Auburn residents and to help everyone stay connected and updated on what is happening around us. It was also created to foster, enhance and share that “neighborhood feeling” that New Auburn Residents cherish.

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3. The New Auburn Social Club - This is a club where women and men can go to play pool, play cards, participate in sports or watch them on TV, and to chat about current social and political matters. The club also promotes civic participation and raises money for various causes. When you become a member you join an extended family. You share Holiday meals together, plan activities that have something for everyone and you are looked out after. 4. City of Auburn Community Development, Citizen's Advisory Committee – This group has been assigned the task of coming up with a five year plan to insure that money received from the Federal, State and City Government is spent in ways that improve the quality of life for various targeted income areas throughout the city. Projects such as the Curb Appeal Program and the Lead Paint Removal Program are considered, plus decisions will be made on what to do with money sometimes used as seed money requested by nonprofit agencies to obtain matching funds from other sources and other funding available for summer recreation programs, Meals on Wheels, park improvements and projects to take down blighted homes. These are just a few of the projects or programs that we focus on. Every year we monitor our progress as to how we are doing in achieving our goals. Ice breakers What is your favorite food? Any combination of vegetables made into hummus and served with pita or flat-bread, and sometimes I sneak in a big juicy hamburger! What is your favorite book? The scriptures. What is the best political advice you have received? Combining things I have learned from people I respect it boils down to this: “Always do the best you can. Bring honesty to all deliberations. Treat people and other points of view with respect and consideration.” What Maine political figure do you admire most?

Margaret Chase Smith and John Jenkins - Both were leaders who continued to break down barriers for women and minorities. Both were willing to lead with new ideas. Senator Smith exhibited bravery when she was one of the first U.S. Senators to stand up to Joe McCarthy and his bigotry. I never met Margaret Chase Smith but wish that I could have. I did and do have the pleasure of knowing Mayor Jenkins. He is a passionate and empowering speaker who treats others with respect. His demeanor kept what could have possibly been politically charged city council meetings in check and to a productive conclusion. Local politics What has Mayor Jonathan LaBonte done during the past two years that you agree with? What has he done that you disagree with? I have agreed with the mayor on most of the issues that we have worked on during the last two years. The only time I balk at what he is trying do while he is conducting our meetings is when he tries to rush through the meeting and is short with some of those residents that come before us at open session or when he tries to cut short what I have to say on an issue. If I feel it is important and I haven't got my point out I will stand up to him until I have. When it is minor point and no diverse impact to Auburn residents or the city I let it go. I must admit he is trying to learn more how I think and where I am coming from when I do speak and has even added positive comments to re-enforce a statement or point I just made. I have not liked, on a few very rare occasions, the positions he has taken as he keeps track of what is going on in the city and state and tries to move the city forward. I feel that we should have workshops/sessions with the Mayor to keep us apprised as to what he is working on and the direction he is leading our city. At these meeting we need to be allowed to offer our input and possible assistance to help solidify the position he is taking if that is the direction the majority of the council supports so its not just him but we are acting together as a team. This adds more credibility to what is trying to be accomplished. I intend to encourage closer communications in the future between the mayor's office and the council and will be requesting that we

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have workshops to catch the council up on what's going on in the city and to review present ideas as well past one and plans that were never fully implemented and to consider them for current possibility. There may be ideas that we should look at again to spur job creation, such as the passenger inter-modal facility that was planned near the airport, and the second industry park that is still being worked on by Auburn Business Develop Corporation. Auburn's duty-free rail zone should be more powerfully promoted and Auburn's ADAPT Plan that was created over ten years ago to revitalize the downtown, is collecting dust on a shelf. It should be reviewed and updated to fit today's downtown needs. What has the city council done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? We, as a council, have tried to provide Auburn Residents with more ways to connect with their city government and council and have their voice heard through various mediums – on-line and in person. We are becoming more transparent, have more information on the website, have become more accessible and have engaged the public on several proposed and planned projects ranging from street repairs to building parks to school budgets and now we have neighborhood listening meetings being held in various locations to accommodate Auburn residents and business owners as well. The council works together fairly well. I am disappointed that the city's budget, even though it was given to us early in the process, still ended up to going to the wire again before we took the final vote. The budget that we did pass was given to us just before that meeting's workshop. Both the council and the public didn't get a chance to fully read and understand it because we needed to implement it that night in order for it to go in effect before the end of June or the City Manager's budget as according to our City's Charter would have gone in to effect. His budget, being the higher one, would have caused the mil rate to increase more than the one we passed. With our next City's budget, we as a city council, will have to take the position that we won't allow this to happen again, that we will work on it better in the early stages in its process and that we must receive copies of the final proposed budget in time for the council and the public to review and have

a clear understanding of what it contains. We need to allow Auburn residents a chance to weigh in on it well before the end of June. What has the city manager and the city staff done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? The City Staff/Employees has done extremely well handling the heavy load that was placed on them, given that they were short staffed due to budget cuts designed to keep the taxes tolerable. They supported the city and council when the council had to make the cuts and tough decisions in order to keep the city together and operating during hard economic times and even suggested ways to make the system more efficient by saving money in their individual departments. I appreciate our employees and am thankful for having them even though I was almost driven crazy as we tackled the new dual-ice arena project. It seemed to drag on and on as the planning and information was given to the council by the staff. The information that we were given changed almost weekly to a minute to minute bases every time the council took it up at each meeting it was brought back to us for action. A tighter planning process with the arena might have allowed the citizens of Auburn to more easily embrace the project instead of feeling leery of it at times. Whether I have agreed or disagreed with the City Manager during the time he has been in the position all I will say at present is that he is new and is still finding his sea legs. The city council is still in its process of working with him on his 1st year's evaluation. We are going over performance, proposed goals and his work plan. What has the school committee done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? I agree with the school committee that we need to provide opportunities for the children of Auburn to get the best education each student can achieve. I feel that if the School, teachers, parents, students, residents and businesses think and can agree that the School's new age method of education – Mass Customized Learning – as well as the traditional component of reading a real book and doing math and writing with a pencil or pen, is the way we should educate our children; then the school has to do more

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to get everyone up to speed on these methods because we are all stakeholders in this endeavor. At this point the school committee's educational method shift is not being sufficiently communicated to the community. Education of our children should encompass the all-important participation of home education as a starting point and also look at creative ways to involve the families in the school system. Just throwing money at education will not cause excellence in education. I hope to see Auburn enter a new era of partnership with coalitions of parents, students, teachers, business, innovative education experts and online and Internet resource utilization. Education is a community project and whenever we succeed in attracting wide interest and participation, we have good education. The Auburn School administrator/School Committee should take their own advice and NOT put labels out there to describe the different school neighborhoods. Parents and students don't have to be constantly reminded that they are “low income” or any other prejudice. Children are like flower seeds. They don't care which store you bought them in. They just need the same tools and learning environment to grow. As I have talked with some parents in the target neighborhoods, they feel self conscious about attending their children's school meetings and school activities so they make up excuses not to attend and their children miss out. We are one community and should strive to have all Auburn residents feel that they are part of our community. I was talking to a few parents a little while ago and it was mention that some children would rather go without lunch than be teased because they receive free lunch. Kids hear these negative comments and it has an effect on them. Ideally, we should be providing school lunches for every student free. That way well-off families' children and low income less income families' kids can all eat together in good esteem. We already have a progressive tax in place to fund much of the school budget – the property tax. A wealthy person or large business pays more, a small homeowner pays less and renters pay no property tax directly. Therefore school lunch for all the kids should be part of the budget. What is your solution for Auburn's high school? 1. While we wait for the State to move us up on their list for proposed building funds, I would start a real

fund-raising campaign now to generate some money to be put in reserve to work with in case another unforeseen event happens and the State doesn't come up with their money. That way we would be in a better position to move forward and not have wasted valuable time while we waited. If we do wind up having to rebuild or repair E.L. ourselves, we might consider doing so in phases, building first what we must, to get off the accreditation probation list and then build the rest as resources become available. 2. If the Mass Customized Learning curriculum is implemented, there will be many changes to the way education is delivered. The School Department will need to re-calculate the number of propose High school students up or down, that are likely to move through the system in the future, as well as the possibility for additional students from the other grades factoring in the number of subjects covered and space needed (like study halls) for their independent study learn at your pace labs in order to know how big or small this building has to be built. 3. Again, if we must fund the new building ourselves, doing so in phases will allow us to adapt to the changing educational concepts than are unfolding with Mass Customized Learning and avoid expenditures being wasted on old concepts that may be changing. Any last words? I have always considered it a privilege to serve as one of Auburn's city councilors and have taken this responsibility seriously. A good councilor needs to be on call almost 24/7 while trying to sustain a regular work and family life. I have learned through my constituent work that what folks want is someone to help them through the process of how to connect to the right department to get answers to their questions and concerns. Then there are sometimes they just want to pick up the phone or stop me where ever I am to voice their concern and all it takes to help them is the need for them to know that someone in their local government is listening and values what they have to say. I always try to be of service and there for them. When it comes to my council activity, I try to always vote in the best interest of all my constituents. At budget time I also try to make better use of taxpayers'

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dollars and spend them as wisely as possible given the information we receive. With the school budget making up almost half of our budget, residents and parents want us to make sure that the school is also held accountable, and make sure their dollars are spent wisely. I do support students and want them to have the best education but I also have to be mindful of the Auburn Taxpayers and how much that they can afford without being taxed out of their homes and businesses. I enjoy going to the National Night Out events, the band concerts in Festival Plaza, the neighborhood events in New Auburn, the Balloon Festival, and various local venues. Mingling with

Auburn Residents gives me the most pleasure and helps keep me informed and hopefully a better councilor. I encourage everyone to call or email me any time with questions, concerns or ideas. My home phone number is 784-8458. My home email address is PoliticsME@aol.com, and I'm just starting my website at BelindaGerry.com I'd like to thank everyone who has been so supportive, given me advice as well as guidance, helped to keep me informed as to things happening in Auburn that I might have missed as well as issues that needed to be address - all of which I feel helped me to become a better City Councilor.

Fred Sanborn was the person who helped me pass out Office Sought: Auburn City Council, the pre-printed stickers used in the day. I remember being ask by the local newspaper if I did at large Home Street Address: 1167 Old not win the primary vote would I be running for Mayor of Auburn as there would be a special election for Danville Rd. Mayor later that year. My answer at the time was no. I Campaign Phone Number: 207 can not remember now who did run for Mayor but this 786-2129 was something I would learn later that Fred Sanborn Campaign Email Address: would do a few times. davidcolbyyoung@aol.com Occupation or primary source of In 1978, I did not win the election to the State Legislature but did run for the Auburn School income: I work at Pioneer Plastics, 1 Pionite Rd, Committee for Ward 4 and served that office for three Auburn, Maine. terms (six years). Education: Dexter Regional High School class of 1972, University of Maine at Farmington, Class of 1976 After taking one year off, I ran again for the Maine Legislature. This time I was on the primary ballot and I BS in Education Family: Married Elizabeth Keene in 1976 of Danville, lost the General election by 100 votes. Maine. We have two daughter: Amy Young of Auburn I then ran for the Maine Legislature as a party &/or skipped the party nominations a few more times. I & Caroline Young Coffin, wife of Dana Coffin of Auburn. We also have two grandchildren: Edith & Mary would finish a few times second in a three way race coming in before the man who beat me the first time I Coffin. Public offices sought or held? The first office I ran ran. for was the State Legislature in 1978. I won my party I have also sought the office of Androscoggin County Commissioner one time. At an earlier date I understand nomination as a write-in the primary election. As I remember it, I had not been a register voter in Auburn was elected to serve on a committee to work on a new every long and I may have yet to join a party when the County charter but the vote to change the charter did former Virginia Goodwin of Danville put my name up as not pass. It was one of those two part questions. Not sure if one can count that one as a victory. a good person who might be willing to run for public office. I was told no problem. I had less than four days Civic organizations: Former member of the Maine to see voters in Auburn Wards 3, 4, and 5. I would need only 25 write-in votes to win the primary election. Old Cemetery Association, Maine Genealogical Society: serving as the Recording Secretary as few
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years as well as on the publication committee. Member Local politics of the Maine Track Club: serving on the board of Directors. Past President of the Androscoggin Life What has Mayor Jonathan LaBonte done during the Underwriters; past Master of Danville Jct Grange; Past past two years that you agree with? What has he President of Androscoggin Historical Society & now done that you disagree with? serve as a board member. Past State Coordinator for This might be a loaded question. The Mayor LaBonte the Maine GenWeb Project. State coordinator of the runs a tight ship. This change was needed but at the largest photos sharing site for running sports same time people have come to feel that they have "mainerunningphotos.com" been cut off. I think we are still working on this. On this disagreement side, I feel that the Mayor has Ice breakers some ideas from the downtown & how we use Great Falls TV, the three cable channels Lewiston-Auburn What is your favorite food? owns, which need more development. The want to just I do not eat red meat as a rule. I eat white meat, the narrow term of "Downtown" is not understanding the bigger problems. I have to say has closed the gap What is your favorite movie? on a few the issues but the use of political muscle has I make movies for my YouTube Channel: Maine not worked that well when you are a "weak Mayor" the Running Photos. But if I have the time to watch a City Charter limits your powers. I think the problems is movie most of anything on the Hallmark channel is many of us voting city councilors might be more worth a look. supportive of the Mayor direction if he would find the time to talk with us one-on-one. Now he may have What is your favorite book? done it his with a few of the City Councils but he has Now this is an interesting question as the only books I not found the tome to talk with me. This should be one have time to read is the Council Packet. As I am a thing I would like to work on to correct if we are both Maine author I have to say the books I have written are elected. very interesting to me. Many are listed on the Androscoggin Historical Society web site. What has the city council done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done What is the best political advice you have that you disagree with? received? I have agreed with the collection of our new City You cannot wait until people to come to you. Go to the Manager. Most of the time things are talked out. So I people. Try not to talk less. People want to be heard. might be forgetting about some of the votes I still have Now I understand people have said I should talk more. disagreements with. The use of Great Falls TV money But we were all given two hears and one mouth for a to balance the budget by Lewiston & Auburn might be reason. Work on what you agree before working on a mistake if in the future years it is done a 3rd time. I what you disagree. understand why it was done but dipping into taxes collected for one purpose to pay for other unrelated What Maine political figure do you admire most? spending is not a good idea. Mr. and Mrs Ted Clark. Mrs Clark was my high school music teacher. Mr. Clark was my high school history What has the city manager and the city staff done and government teacher. Mrs. Clark was a very local during the past two years that you agree with? political figure. She might have never been elected to What have they done that you disagree with? any office. She was in her party because she felt that The City Staff have not well doing what they have done change could be made by being in the party which was with the limited staff. The South Main St. project does not in power. Your voice would be heard better there. seem like we could have been on top of things a little Mr. Clark would tell us if you ever get elected to office better but we might not yet understand on all the and anything goes right take credit for it because if any moving parts on this project. It is projects like this that it thing goes wrong you will be blamed. looks like the ball was dropped on this & I would hope
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some type of corrective action would be done so we would not be looking at this same type of problem in the future.

What has the school committee done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? Any last words? The school committee should have asked for the lesser I am an Eagle Scout, this is the highest rank in the Boy budget the 1st time. One the subject of iPads This has Scouts of America. If elected to stay on the City been more of an issue of in your face. The PR on this Council I will be looking to serve on a few different was bad & very little buy into the program has been committees. I am looking to serve on the Auburn gained. Now the overall question might be have the School Committee, I feel that 6+4 years on the ASC is iPads works? Is there better learning. are we having enough for anyone person & the honor should be given better test scores, better readers, better writers, better to another. thinkers? As I am writing this on my PC, have we already lost the face to face interaction we once had?

What is your solution for Auburn's high school? My stand on this is to wait until the State helps this the funding. Mayor LaBonte did not appoint me to the task force for a new EL because he had to understand where should.

John T. Spruill
Office Sought: Auburn City Council, at large Home Street Address: 10 Aron Dr. Campaign Phone Number: 207 240-1870 Campaign Email Address: jtsauburn@gmail.com Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Auburnsfutur e/512328418837011 Twitter Account: @auburnsfuture. Please visit my website, www.auburnsfuture.com Occupation or primary source of income: Human Resource Professional and Auburn substitute teacher Education: Master of Science, Human Resource Management and Development, Chapman University; Bachelor of Arts Political Science, University of Southern Maine Family: Happily married to Paula for 28 years with 2 adopted sons Cory and Caleb and our dog Chloe and cat Ellie. Public offices sought or held? I have served as a Councilor-at-Large in Auburn and also as the Mayor's Rep on the Auburn School Board.

Ice breakers What is your favorite food? BBQ Pork Ribs! What is your favorite movie? "The Sound of Music." What is your favorite book? "The Audacity of Hope." What is the best political advice you have received? If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem What Maine political figure do you admire most? I admire Olympia Snowe because she stuck to her moral convictions and was willing to leave office rather than compromise them. Local politics What has Mayor Jonathan LaBonte done during the past two years that you agree with? What has he done that you disagree with? Mayor Labonte' has focused attention on the socioeconomic disparity that is developing in Auburn neighborhoods and how it is changing the dynamics

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in Auburn. He has not supported the citizen's effort to explore consolidation with Lewiston, which I support. What has the city council done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? I strongly disagreed with the decision not to fund the Balloon Festival, limit operations of the fire station, and curtail recycling. I agree with their decision to fund these when more funds became available What has the city manager and the city staff done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? The City Manager and Staff has done a tremendous job managing the city with limited (and in my opinion inadequate) resources. I will not fault them for their efforts. What has the school committee done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? The School Committee proposed what I felt was a reasonable budget, but did a poor job explaining to the impact of state cuts, the effect of inflation, and other factors that drove the budget increase to the public. I disagree with the decision to stick with Mac's. I strongly agree with the efforts to redesign education to the individual and move away from a age/grade based system and focus instead on individualized

learning including input, accountability and responsibility from the student. What is your solution for Auburn's high school? As I believe we should consolidate with Lewiston, I don't think we should build anything without looking at the consolidation. As a concept, I strongly support colocating with the Middle School. As a person who grew up with a co-located middle and high school, I know from first hand experience the educational benefits. Co-location also melds well with the individualized learning that is being implemented this year and creates greater options. Any last words? I believe Auburn needs leadership with a vision. We have cut to the bone for too many years.When there is no muscle, there is no movement. We cannot afford to sit still. We must invest in our future and be willing to sacrifice some in order to make that future happen. Our generation must be willing to sacrifice for the betterment of our society with the same resolve that past generations sacrificed for our freedom. Other countries have kicked the door down are are moving in. We cannot blame them for wanting better for themselves, but not at our expense. We must do better than stay competitive if we want to lead. Let's roll up our sleeve's at get to work!

Levi. G. Gervais
Office Sought: Auburn City Council, at large Home Street Address: 46 Fourth St Campaign Email Address: Levi4auburnideas@outlook.com Occupation or primary source of income: Home Dad Education: Graduated from Gray-New Gloucester High School, have many certifications from bar tending to welding to customer service trainer from technical education establishments and corporations. Family: My long time girlfriend works in the legal field, her and I have an amazing daughter named

Brooke (6), a daughter named Kyleigh (10), and son named Donny (14), all attending public schools here in Auburn. We love spending time together doing anything. We love cooking together, playing games and sports, watching movies, adventuring out to new places and going to the beach. Public offices sought or held? I am a member of the Auburn Board of Assessment Review, and this is the first time I have sought any other city office position. Civic organizations: I enjoy volunteering weekly at my daughter's local elementary school. Ice breakers What is your favorite food?

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Sauteed fish and vegetables. What is your favorite movie? There are so many. How about any movie I get to watch with my family, girlfriend and/or friends. As for this summers movies, "Despicable Me 2" would be my favorite release this summer. What is your favorite book? "The Great Gatsby". What is the best political advice you have received? Just be yourself. What Maine political figure do you admire most? I don't really have one. I would like to even start my own political party, called the United party. I believe that we should be all united and work together toward a greater good. I do not believe in partisan politics, and have always thought that it wasn't fair that if one is not labeled a "Democrat" or "Republican" then they have no chance in winning a presidential election, no matter how great of a person they are. Just as the name of our country, The United States of America, I think that we should be united in making our land the greatest. Local politics What has Mayor Jonathan LaBonte done during the past two years that you agree with? What has he done that you disagree with? I like how Mayor LaBonte makes appearances, with a positive outlook in support of events in our city and does not make negative remarks as we have seen far too widespread in government lately. As far as disagree, I feel that he seems distracted at several points during public forums at council meetings in which citizens take their time to go to and work up the courage to get up to go in front of everyone and give their input to the council. What has the city council done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? I think that the council is trying to balance needs with supply.

I disagree with the fact that the city states in the charter that taxes are not to be raised more than 1.7 percent in any year between city and school spending. However the council voted, not the voter as it is with the school department, to accept a 2.2 percent increase in spending, thus requiring the school department to balance spending so the charter can be met. The problem is everyone, school and city, are seeing increases in the cost of living. The city council needs to be more understanding and work more closely with the school department with the knowledge that costs are increasing in the education industry just as they are in maintenance of a city. I also feel that having a commission to look into combining Lewiston and Auburn is a waste of time and money. Lewiston has its own problems just as we do and I don't believe that combining the cities would help these problems, I believe it will just spread them. Also I do not know any resident of Auburn that likes being told we live in Lewiston. We are independent from Lewiston and we are proud citizens of Auburn! What has the city manager and the city staff done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? I like the efforts to beautify our city and improve the city to make it more inviting. I disagree with projects such as the block of Court Street between Turner and Main seems like it has been redone several times over, why wasn't it just done correctly the first time. Or, the South Main Street project is using expensive granite curbing, that does not seem necessary. The new pavement in New Auburn is great, however it does not meet with the project on South Main. There will be a large segment missed between the two projects that needs repair as well. I feel that money that could be saved from projects could help spread the wealth of needed updates to infrastructure. What has the school committee done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? I think that a lot of stresses have been placed upon the school committee. I think that we all feel that we should be protecting the quality of education for the

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youth of our city. I applaud the school department in trying things that are cutting edge and thinking outside of the box. I think that the more that we can learn from other school systems will help, but I also support the school department's way of making Auburn Schools an example that schools from around the world could learn from as well. This just shows that there are things that are working. I also understand that just like every one of us the school department faces real life things such as rising costs and maintenance to buildings, equipment and consumables. I think that the school department has tried to not have a major impact on the taxpayer and does realize the burden on the taxpayer. It is just a very fine line and the school department does have the best interest of our youth in mind. What is your solution for Auburn's high school? We have many corporations in our city and beyond that may be able to help with needed implements and possible sponsorship. I would like to get the community involved, and also have the students more involved with needed services and research in our city. There is much that our community can provide to

our students, not just money. Also if we utilize the amazing resource we have, our wonderful students and teachers, to do things that our city needs it will save the city money and also bring invaluable experience to the students. Any last words? I love ideas!! I have ideas that can save our city money as well as ideas that will bring more money into our city. I also love others ideas as well! I feel that there are no bad ideas, as even the worst ideas have parts that can be very useful. I want to give the people of Auburn a voice by giving them someone who wants to hear their ideas. I want to hear about the things that you like and do not like in our city, and I also want to hear how these things impact you and how you think that things can be improved. I do feel that we have a great and beautiful city and I would just like to try to make this an even better city and never stop improving our city and continuing to make a positive impact to the state, nation, world.

Robert A. Sevigny
Office Sought: Auburn City Council, at large Home Street Address: 86 Sixth st Campaign Phone Number: 241-0406 Campaign Email: rsevigny@roadrunner.com Occupation or primary source of income: Heavy equipment/truck mechanic. Emergency Vehicle Technician. Education: High school, then the military. Family: Father/Grandfather. Public offices sought or held?None Civic organizations: None Ice breakers What is your favorite food? I have no favorites. What is your favorite movie? I do not watch many movies. What is your favorite book? I have no favorites.

What is the best political advice you have received? None. What Maine political figure do you admire most? None. Local politics What has Mayor Jonathan Labonte done during the past two years that you agree with? What has he done that you disagree with? I disagree with the non-involvement stance when it comes to city departments. What has the city council done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? I disagree with the non-involvement stance when it comes to city departments. It is the councils duty to represent the citizens of Auburn, and part of that representation means that the council has to know
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what is going on behind the scenes to make sure the taxpayers are getting the best services possible provided in a fiscally responsible manner. What has the city manager and the city staff done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? The manager is a product of the council. The council needs to set the direction of the city and then let the manager manage. What has the school committee done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? The only issue I have with the school committee is that it appears as though they do not know who they answer to. They answer to the taxpayers, not the superintendent. The superintendent answer to the school committee, and the committee in turn, answers to the taxpayers. What is your solution for Auburn's high school? I do not have a solution, and a solution is not going to come from a committee of hand picked few. We are

going to need full community involvement to come up with something, and that something cannot be to put the entire burden on property owners. Any last words? At this time, I am against consolidating the two cities. There are so many unknowns that will be quite costly to address. Consolidating the two cities entail far more than the stroke of a pen. Before any ballot question on the consolidation goes before the voters, they need to be fully informed of the process, any hurdles and costs, both anticipated and unanticipated. I also believe we need to look at all city departments. Restructure them as needed. Renegotiate union contracts as needed. With me, everything will be on the table. We need to scrutinize spending and develop a prudent spending policy that reflects the times that we are now enduring. If elected, I am not looking to lead; I am looking to represent the citizens of Auburn.

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School Committee — at large
responsibility in the town and city governments of Office Sought: Auburn School Androscoggin County. Committee, at large Ice breakers Home Street Address: 85 Pride Road What is your favorite food? Campaign Phone Number: My favorite meal would have to be a chicken stir-fry 207 520-9271 with broccoli, cauliflower, pea pods, carrots and Campaign Email Address: peppers, served over rice. ctlangis@live.com Occupation or primary source of income: I am the office manager for a ship What is your favorite movie? chandlery in South Portland, we supply large marine "Star Trek II - The wrath of Khan." vessels calling Maine and New Hampshire with everything a ship needs to operate. We are in a very What is your favorite book? competitive business and my experience finding ways "The next bend in the river," by C. J. Stevens to save money and get our customers as much bang for their buck will be beneficial if elected to the school What is the best political advice you have received? committee. I have not received a whole lot of direct advise for this Education: I attended the Waynflete School in Portland from kindergarten through fifth grade, I then campaign, however I have learned a lot in the past few attended Windham public schools through High School years from watching our "leaders" in Washington, what I have learned the most is that you must always stand and obtained my high school equivalency credential on principle and fight for what you believe in. When from Lewiston adult education. good compromises with bad, bad always wins. I am Family: I am blessed to have a 10 year old son, Cameron, whom I have been raising as a single dad committed to exposing waste and abuse of the taxpayers hard-earned and under appreciated dollars with help from his loving grandmother and a strong no matter what pressures or intimidation may come my family support network. We enjoy playing many way. different sports including Auburn suburban baseball and YMCA basketball. We spend a lot of time camping, What Maine political figure do you admire most? fishing, mineral collecting and many other outdoor Governor LePage's fearless determination to be a good activities. One of our favorite ways to spend time steward of taxpayer dollars even in the face of a bias outdoors is hiking and hunting for tourmaline at Mt. and unrelenting Maine media is very inspiring and Apatite park in Auburn. Public offices sought or held? This is my first time admirable. seeking elected office. I have volunteered for various Local politics statewide and local campaigns, including being a part of governor LePage's successful primary and general What has Mayor Jonathan LaBonte done during the election efforts. Civic organizations: I am currently a voting member past two years that you agree with? What has he done that you disagree with? of the Androscoggin County Republican Committee. We are always working to promote candidates who are Overall I believe that Mayor LaBonte has done a great job as Mayor. He is a great leader and has excellent committed to restoring and maintaining fiscal
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communication skills, I am very proud to have him I must first say that there is not a lot that the committee representing us when he is meeting with small has done that has impressed me. If I had to pick business owners and corporate figures about bringing something positive it would be that after two of their jobs to Auburn. If I had to disagree with him on budgets were rejected by the voters they finally put on something It would have to be his strong desire to have their thinking caps and proposed a moderately more shared services with Lewiston, I believe it is a responsible budget.I have disagreed with much of what slippery slope to go down. In the end, if you have this the committee has done in recent years. I am not a fan mentality about combining the two cities in as many of the iPad program, nor how it was initially paid for ways as possible to save money, you could end up with a huge amount of rainy day money that should with one school system, and if you are going down this have been returned to the taxpayers. I am not road of saving money by any means necessary than impressed with the budgets they have proposed, my you could end up with one mega school for all main priority if elected to the school committee will be students, to me that is a very bad idea. Why not have to dig into the budget, go line by line, dollar by dollar one city hall while we are at it? Auburn needs to remain and expose past wasteful spending and propose a a sovereign city. responsible path forward. What has the city council done during the past two What is your solution for Auburn's high school? years that you agree with? What have they done Edward Little is a beautiful school that is simply in need that you disagree with? of some TLC and cosmetic repair. If it were in as direly I think the council has done a good job allowing the bad shape as many like to proclaim than how is it still people that show up at meetings to have their voices being used at full capacity today? I see no need to heard. However, the council needs to do so much more demolish and replace it. If building a new school is to get more citizens involved and active with the approved and does happen, than I would recommend business of the city. I think it is a real travesty that not building a brick palace that is just going to be torn there is no electronic sign in front of city hall that down before its actual useful life span. announces when the next meeting will be held. This should be addressed, and soon. Any last words? I think it is time to elect people who are ready to shake What has the city manager and the city staff done things up on the school committee. If elected, I promise during the past two years that you agree with? to do everything in my power to expose waste in the What have they done that you disagree with? school budget and to work hard to pass a budget that n/a works for both the kids AND the taxpayers. The only way to see where every dollar is spent is to be on the What has the school committee done during the school committee and that is why I am running. I look past two years that you agree with? What have forward to serving the hardworking taxpayers of they done that you disagree with? Auburn. I would be honored to receive your vote.

Francois Bussiere
Office Sought: Auburn School Committee, at large Home Street Address: 9 Winter St. Campaign Email Address: frbdone@aol.com Occupation or primary source of income: Retired social security; Rental property

Education: High School graduate, two-year certificate. Family: Have two sons, one in Public service. Other is Executive Chef for a top wholesale food distributor; Two grandsons, both in college. Public offices sought or held? I have been a School committee Member for the past five years. I was Director for 35 Years of a Local Private School And GRADUATED about 2000 students; Being responsible to interview all prospective students;

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Taking care of ALL financial applications as well as filing all of the reports for same. I was in charge of all operation of this school, including schedule of the instructional methods and system throughout their schooling. Civic organizations: Being responsible for this school, it took all of my time working between 50 to 60 hours a week, therefore I could not be civically involved during this time in my life. I was a workaholic. Ice breakers What is your favorite food? Chinese pot pies and also Thai food What is your favorite movie? "Gone with the Wind" and also "Les Miserables". What is your favorite book? Any book that deal with technology, computers and iPads. What is the best political advice you have received? Vote your conscience, I am a very conservative type of person. Look at all sides of the spectrum and then make a best vote for the majority. What Maine political figure do you admire most? Governor LePage he was voted into office to bring down the cost of welfare and now that he done this he is being criticized. This needed to be done for we will be broke soon if this is not contained Local politics What has Mayor Jonathan LaBonte done during the past two years that you agree with? What has he done that you disagree with? No Comment What has the city council done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? Took them a long time to get going but once they did they seem to still be divided in their voting. You almost can guess the way they will vote on issues

well in advance. Councilmen should give the City Manager direction rather then being directed by the Mayor. What has the city manager and the city staff done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? They got to approve the two sheet ice arena as an economic stimulus. I hope that it will be successful. I have been against it and still am. What has the school committee done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? Approving the iPad's for the kindergarten and then also for the 1 st grade. It has shown to be a great movement for there have progress faster then if they would never had them. This year the State bought the iPads for all Middle School students as well and the School Committee got them for the High School. This was the best move on our part for TECHNOLOGY is the wave of the FUTURE — just look around and you will NOTICE how they are being used in a lot of places. This will be the THIRD year where persons are coming from a lot of FAR AWAY places to look at our program. What is your solution for Auburn's high school? Wait until the State approves the FUNDING of it. It needs to be made better so that we can get our Accreditation BACK. Any last words? I have worked towards trying to make the Council and School Committee work together and this has not yet happened and I doubt if it will ever happen. I have given it my all to make things happen for the STUDENTS' Education. It seems that the only time we get an audience at our School Board a Meetings is when there are complaints about we are asking for too MUCH money for this and it always happen that the school Budget gets DECREASED. I would like to see more PARENTAL involvement in their children's education. Children are OUR FUTURE and we should be more concern with their TRAINING. Come and visit our meeting and MAKE suggestion as to what you would like for us to do.

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Laurie Tannenbaum
Office Sought: Auburn School Committee, at large Home Street Address: 36 Lake Street Campaign Phone Number: 207 784-1279 Campaign Email Address: ltannenbaum.schoolcommittee@gmail.com Occupation or primary source of income: Senior Web Content Editor at IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. Education: Curry College, Bachelor's degree in Communications; Simmons College, Master of Science degree in Communications Management Family: My husband and I have two children. Our oldest son just graduated from Edward Little and is now attending Dartmouth College to study engineering. Our youngest son is a sophomore at ELHS and is interested in drama and culinary arts. As a family, we enjoy the many activities offered by the Twin Cities. One of our favorite events each year is the Great Falls Balloon Festival. Public offices sought or held? In 2011, I ran as a write-in candidate for the school committee at-large position. This is my second time running for a public seat. Ice breakers What is your favorite food? Lobster What is your favorite movie? "The Princess Bride." What is your favorite book? "A Prayer for Owen Meany," by John Irving What is the best political advice you have received? Listen to what people have to say and always have an open mind. What Maine political figure do you admire most? I admire Angus King for his bipartisan approach to politics. He's an independent, with an open mind and is willing to listen and consider varying opinions. He

understands the need for compromise and works toward creating policy that benefits everyone, not just the few. Local politics What has Mayor Jonathan LaBonte done during the past two years that you agree with? What has he done that you disagree with? What has the city council done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? What has the city manager and the city staff done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? What has the school committee done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? The School Committee continues to put children first and focuses on what is best for their education. The committee has embraced customized learning and has supported the professional development needs of the teachers so they can fully and successfully implement this 21st century approach to educating our children. The School Committee had to make difficult decisions this budget season to finally present a budget that was approved by the city. While the final approved budget was not what we felt was needed to fully support our children, teachers and programs, we were able to ensure that it was student focused. People and programs essential to providing our children with a great education remained intact. Moving forward, we need to communicate more successfully with our citizens. We need to find ways to share more fully what happens in our schools and how we use the funds we receive. What is your solution for Auburn's high school? At this time, it is best to wait for state funding. Any last words? I have always been and continue to be deeply committed to providing the students of Auburn with the best possible education. I will continue to work toward that goal whether I am a part of this committee or not.

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He is well organized and seems to see the big picture Office Sought: Auburn School While not entirely his fault, the total valuation of the city declined during his first term which is not good and Committee, at large Home Street Address: 43 Royal unprecedented, I believe. Oaks Drive Campaign Phone Number: 782- What has the city council done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done 4678 that you disagree with? Campaign Email Address: They approved the building of the new ice arena which gimpski00@aol.com Occupation or primary source will help with the cities valuation problem that I've of income: Retired Income from previously mentioned and provide much needed new Social Security and investments. customers for local business owners. The council I My wife is employed by St. Marys believe should not have passed the two school budgets that were ultimately defeated by voters. They would Health Care System and also Clover Health Care in have saved the city the cost of two elections by doing Auburn, she is a hard worker. Education: BS in Education/government major, 1971; so! Also Masters in Public Administration from UMO. What has the city manager and the city staff done Family: My wife and I reside with her Dad, and we during the past two years that you agree with? have 2 grown children What have they done that you disagree with? Public offices sought or held? Former three term They have streamlined some things which is good, but Auburn City Councilor. the lack of more economic development is not. Civic organizations: Maine Adaptive Sports Ice breakers What is your favorite food? Homemade lasagna and Maine seafood. What is your favorite movie? "Serpico." What is your favorite book? "The Pillars of The Earth," by Ken Follett What is the best political advice you have received? Be honest, and be your self! What Maine political figure do you admire most? The late Ed Muskie, who I interned for, because he was honest, humble and himself. What has the school committee done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? They do not have a real feel for the pulse of the city and i'ts taxpayers. Suggesting that we should pay more now, because we will be required to so by the state in two years illustrated that disconnect to those of us struggling with higher taxes now, due to state revenue sharing cuts What is your solution for Auburn's high school? I think the school committee has finally agreed that waiting for State funding is the only real solution and I agree with that.

Robert Mennealy

Any last words? I feel that I am down to earth and relate well to the common citizen/taxpayer and will listen to them and Local politics What has Mayor Jonathan LaBonte done during the strive for a cost effective and student-oriented school past two years that you agree with? What has he department that we can be proud of, and that other Maine communities will envy! done that you disagree with?

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Ron Potvin
Office Sought: Auburn School Committee, at large Home Street Address: 82 Northern Avenue Campaign Email Address: ronpotvin2@aol.com Occupation or primary source of income: Corrections officer, Androscoggin Sheriffs dept.: Private security consultant. Education: Mass. Police Academy, (law enforcement); Maine Criminal Justice Academy (corrections). Family: Single, member of large extended family here in Auburn stretching across 4 generations Public offices sought or held? Auburn city councillor Auburn School committee member Have run in the past for Auburn Mayor, State rep, and state senate Civic organizations: Lewiston/Auburn bowling association (bowler of 15 years)Small property owners of Auburn(land owner activist) LACC (West Auburn community projects) Ice breakers What is your favorite food? Sauteed Cajun alligator What is your favorite movie? "2001 space Odyssey;" Very much like life itself. What is your favorite book? World Almanac ( junkie of useless knowledge). What is the best political advice you have received? If you cannot make a decision, then don't!! (Dad) What Maine political figure do you admire most? Both former Senators Cohen and Mitchell for attempting to bring both sides together. Local politics

What has Mayor Jonathan LaBonte done during the past two years that you agree with? What has he done that you disagree with? Had that shot of Jagermeister and stayed standing... and then he had the second. Seriously, he continues to move Auburn forward in recreational investment and transportation infrastructure. I do not agree with joint services discussion. What has the city council done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? They have basically kept the city going without fanfare. But I disagree with letting inflated school budgets move forward without being fiscally accountable — which is what the duty of council is. What has the city manager and the city staff done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? They also continue moving the city forward with the mayors vision. I do not agree with keeping $15 million in the fund balance What has the school committee done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? I have not agreed with anything they have done and have disagreed on anything financial or budget oriented. What is your solution for Auburn's high school? A tiered approach: One building at a time until the whole high school is replaced. Each unit would be about $15 million and would be more attainable than trying for $60 million. This changes if the state funds the project. I would try to keep any bonding below $20 million. Any last words? I recognize that education is a fundamental building block to city growth. That, however, does not supply a blank check to spend freely and without direction and limited accountability. We need to maintain responsible cost of living increases knowing that these come on the backs of taxpayers and taxpayers need to see results for their investment.

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School Committee — Ward 1
Michael Farrell
Candidate did not respond.

School Committee — Ward 2
Bonnie Hayes
Office Sought: Auburn School Committee, Ward 2 Home Street Address: 172 Allen Ave. Campaign Phone Number: 207782-1386 Campaign Email Address: bjhayes172@gmail.com Occupation or primary source of income: Territory Manager for UPCInsurance. Education: BS in Education, University of Maine, Orono. Family: I am married to Bob Hayes and we have two grown children and three grandchildren. Public offices sought or held? This is not the first time I have run for Ward 2 School Committee. Ice breakers What is your favorite food? TBD What is your favorite movie? TBD What is your favorite book? TBD What is the best political advice you have received? To be myself and to be honest What Maine political figure do you admire most? George Mitchell: Mr.Mitchell is a true statesman and has represented the State of Maine and the United States with honor. Local politics What has Mayor Jonathan LaBonte done during the past two years that you agree with? What has he done that you disagree with? TBD-What has the city council done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? TBD What has the city manager and the city staff done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? I am not in a position to agree or disagree with staff or the city manager. What has the school committee done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? The school committee has begun to implement Mass Customize Learning. This is a means of education that will begin to train our students for their future. I think this is an important step for our children. What is your solution for Auburn's high school? We need to look at all solutions for ELHS. It is important that we exhaust all means of state funding

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before we ask the tax payers of Auburn to support the construction of a new school.

There probably is not one solution that will appeal to tax payers but a combination of ideas that will put Auburn on the cutting edge of education.

School Committee — Ward 3
Daniel Herrick
Candidate did not respond.

Thomas Kendall
Candidate did not respond.

School Committee — Ward 4
Tracey Levesque
Office Sought: Auburn School Committee, Ward 4 Home Street Address: 264 Beech Hill Road Campaign Phone Number: 7838242 Campaign Email Address: levesqueward4@gmail.com Occupation or primary source of income: Stay-at-home mother. Husband is CEO of Argo Marketing Group. Education: New England Culinary Institute Family: I am a busy mom who is constantly running around. My day ranges from activities for the kids, to attending meetings, helping with homework, keeping the husband on task, cooking, taking care of the house and all of the family pets, even mowing the lawn. I love it, wouldn't trade it, but it can get crazy at times! Public offices sought or held? Presently hold Ward 4 seat. Civic organizations: I sit on the board for Sandcastle Clinical & Educational Services in Lewiston. I am a member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Lewiston. I also volunteer my time for The Dempsey Challenge, my gardening skills for Sandcastle and my children's classrooms, if called upon. Ice breakers What is your favorite food? Crepes with anything ranging from sweet to savory. What is your favorite movie? Currently, the documentary, "The Crash Reel." Riveting, courageous and inspirational, all wrapped together with Kevin Pearce's passion. What is your favorite book? Anything from Kristin Hannah. She always hits them out of the park. What is the best political advice you have received? Never stop voicing your position. Continue to stay true to what you believe in. What Maine political figure do you admire most? Hands down, Olympia Snowe. She went from being a wife to a senator who demonstrates poise, professionalism, compassion, humility and leadership. To see her in the papers as a young child

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and then have conversation with her as an adult is such a humbling experience. Local politics What has Mayor Jonathan LaBonte done during the past two years that you agree with? What has he done that you disagree with? I called upon his leadership when the two-hour delay for middle and high school students was put back on the table for the second time during school committee. I was happy with his proactive approach for dealing with the issue while he was out of state at the time. What I don't agree with is his lack of acknowledgement toward school board members during joint meetings. We all have a purpose for being present at those meetings, whether we agree or disagree. I also didn't agree with his comment about my church's check clearing during a meeting about the Greek Festival signs. It was not needed or appropriate. What has the city council done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? The Council must be commended for spearheading the redesign of the city website and urging residents to become more involved with the comings and goings of their community. It's been a slow process, but more and more residents are reaching out, which is great. We have councilors that have had a huge impact on gaining trust back with residents, which has been crucial in this process. I disagreed with the new ice arena being built. I believe the energy should have been put elsewhere. It's here now, so we'll see what it generates for local businesses. What has the city manager and the city staff done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? I think Clint is great for Auburn. He seems to have his hands in everything and is a team player. There is definitely a different energy in the building then there was years prior. I look forward to seeing Auburn grow under Clint's leadership.The big issue I have with the City was the huge tax error that was committed.

Accountability needs to be in place when something of this proportion has occurred. It seems to have just been swept under the rug with no real light shed on it. Unfortunately, taxpayers feel the burden of this error. What has the school committee done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? The approach with customized learning is coming to fruition which is wonderful to see. I am eager to see how my son does in a customized classroom this year. I am also happy that we decided to wait for State funding for ELHS. I voted against it going on taxpayers' backs in the first place. What I have disagreed with has been known publicly. I still disagree with iPads for grades K-2. I still know that not all iPads are customized for each student or that an occupational therapist was never put in place to make sure teachers are having the students handle the iPads correctly with regard to fine motor skill development. This was what the public was sold prior to my joining of the board. I also do not agree with iPads going into middle and high school hands. They should have had laptops. To have students share keyboards or that the students are purchasing keyboards so they can type faster in class is absurd. What is your solution for Auburn's high school? Unfortunately, we have to take the road like all other schools and that is to wait for State funding. We must also man up and take responsibility for the condition the school is currently in. It didn't get there overnight. We need to learn, wait and be patient and then be responsible for the new ELHS when the State approves funding. Any last words? Voters should know that I am very passionate when it comes to voting, and I do weigh pros and cons on each issue. I will also continue to fight for the importance of handwriting and cursive writing. No matter how much technology there is, there will always be a need to know and utilize penmanship. Voters should also know that there is a lot of behind the scenes that go on. I am in constant correspondence with the citizens of Auburn, not just Ward 4. I have no issue reaching out to the superintendent for their answers.

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School Committee — Ward 5
Lawrence Pelletier
Office Sought: Auburn School Committee, Ward 4 Home Street Address: 129 Second Street Campaign Phone Number: 207 319-3018 Campaign Email Address: concernedcitizen129@gmail.com Occupation or primary source of income: Retired/working part time as needed at Maine Oxy in Auburn. Education: Graduated from Edward Little Class of 1965 Family: My wife and I met while I was stationed at Grissom Air Force Base in Indiana. We have been married for 45 years, have two sons, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. We operate a Day Care in our home and enjoy many different aspects of life. Public offices sought or held? I was asked to run for school committee during the re-evaluation in Auburn a few years ago. I was defeated during a reelection attempt and then elected again on my third attempt. Civic organizations: New Auburn Social Club, Pastime Club, I am a Steward for the Barker Arms Trail in conjunction with the Androscoggin Land Trust and L/A Trails. A member of Auburn's Park Watch Program, A member of the New Auburn Village Center Study, a member of the New Auburn Village Association and also many committees and subcommittees associated with the school department. Ice breakers What is your favorite food? This time of the year that would be corn on the cob from Bell Farms. I also enjoy a tender steak now and again. What is your favorite movie? One of my favorites would be "The Godfather". What is your favorite book? The Jack Reacher series by Lee Child. What is the best political advice you have received? "Don't let anyone deter you from what you feel in your heart is right". What Maine political figure do you admire most? Senator Olympia Snowe. She always stood by her convictions and never let the people of Maine and this country down. Local politics What has Mayor Jonathan LaBonte done during the past two years that you agree with? What has he done that you disagree with? When first elected to office, he made a point to express his feelings of being an advocate for education, as did other councilors. Now that nearly two years has passed, I don't feel that some of his very negative comments have helped our quest to find common ground so the council and school committee can all work for the common good of this community. What has the city council done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? I think they have done their best not to impact our taxes while keeping as many city services as possible. However at times I feel they have been a split group that has not always been on the same page when dealing with certain issues or did not all seem prepared to deal with those issues.

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What has the city manager and the city staff done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? I think that overall they have done a great job running our city, even with the occasional mixed messages from council. What has the school committee done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? I believe that Mass Customized Learning is a huge step in the right direction on our journey to educate our students. I like the fact that we are continuing our commitment with the iPad program and that we haven't given up on building a new high school. At the

moment I cannot think of any issue that we voted on that I disagree with. What is your solution for Auburn's high school? At one of our E.L. steering committee meetings, someone suggested that "You can teach kids in a tent if you have to." I am hoping that with the help of the state, we can provide them with something much better than a tent: A place of learning that our city and state can be proud of. Any last words? I am certainly not in this for the glory or the big bucks, but that I care deeply about all our children from preK to grade 12 and hope that with our help they can achieve their dreams in this ever changing world.

Stanwood "Joe" Gray Office Sought: Auburn School Committee, Ward 5 Home Street Address: 1200 Sopers Mill Rd. Campaign Phone Number: 207 615-6957 Campaign Email Address: ward5school@gmail.com Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stanwood-GrayFor-Ward-5-School-Committee... Occupation or primary source of income: Farming Education: College Civic organizations: United New Auburn Association Ice breakers What is your favorite food? What is your favorite movie? What is your favorite book? What is the best political advice you have received? What Maine political figure do you admire most? Local politics

What has Mayor Jonathan LaBonte done during the past two years that you agree with? What has he done that you disagree with? What has the city council done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? What has the city manager and the city staff done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? What has the school committee done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? What is your solution for Auburn's high school? Any last words? I am ready to listen to all educators or residents about how to improve our schools.

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Lewiston voter information

Polling Places
Ward 1: Ward 2: Ward 3: Ward 4: Ward 5: Ward 6: Ward 7: Lewiston Armory Montello School Lewiston Armory Longley Elementary School Longley Elementary School The Green Ladle/LRTC Longley Elementary School 65 Central Ave. 407 East Ave. 65 Central Ave. 145 Birch St. 145 Birch St. 156 East Ave. 145 Birch St.

Absentee Ballots
Call or visit the City Clerk’s office in Lewiston City Hall to register for an absentee ballot or go the city’s website, www.lewistonmaine.gov. Ballots can be requested until Oct. 31, 2013 and must be returned by 8 p.m. Nov. 5. Contact City Clerk: Kathy Montejo, kmontejo@lewistonmaine.gov or 207 513-3124, for more information.

Open Seats
Mayor City Council Ward 1 City Council Ward 2 City Council Ward 3 City Council Ward 4 City Council Ward 5 Laurent F. Gilbert Robert E. Macdonald John T. Butler Leslie T. Dubois Donald D'Auteuil Nathan Libby Darcy Reed Doreen Christ Charles A. Soule Kristen Cloutier Richard White Mark Cayer Michael Lachance Richard Desjardins School Committee Ward 1 School Committee Ward 2 School Committee Ward 3 School Committee Ward 4 School Committee Ward 5 School Committee Ward 6 Linda M. Scott Paul St. Pierre Stavros Mendros Trinh Burpee James R. Handy None Dawn Hartill Matthew P. Roy Tom Shannon Cindy Mendros Zam Zam Mohamud

City Council Ward 6 City Council Ward 7

School Committee Ward 7 School Committee At large

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Lewiston Candidate Profiles
Mayoral Candidates
Laurent Gilbert
Office Sought: Lewiston mayor Home Street Address: 39 Cote St. Campaign Phone Number: 207 784-1958 Facebook page: Facebook. com/LarryGilbertMayor Twitter Account: @GilbertForMayor Occupation or primary source of income: Retired Education: Bachelor of Science degree in the administration of justice and Associate of Science degree in criminal justice, both with distinction, from the University of Maine at Augusta; graduate of the FBI National Academy; graduate of the New England Law Enforcement Management Training Institute. I am a graduate of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. I have attended a multitude of law enforcement seminars, training sessions and conferences as well as for municipal government. Family: I have been happily married to the former Patricia Rodrigue of Augusta for 43 years. We are the parents of three adult children, Karen Bowe of Portland, Karla McMahon of Westbrook and Laurent Jr. of Lewiston. We are the proud grandparents of identical twin granddaughters, Kendra and Eva Bowe, who are 1 year old. Public offices sought or held? : I have served as mayor of Lewiston for five years during the period 2007-2012. I have also served 25 years on the Lewiston Police Department, advancing through the ranks to chief of police — a position I held for five years before being appointed by President Bill Clinton as the United States marshal for the District of Maine where I served for eight years. In the interim, I served on the staff of Sen. Susan Collins. I then served as the associate director of the Maine Community Policing Institute at the University of Maine at Augusta. I served in the U.S. Army during the period 1965-1967 with one of those two years in the Republic of Vietnam. Civic organizations: I serve as vice president of the Franco-American Heritage Center board of directors. I am a member of the Knights of Columbus. I co-chair the Coalition for a Safer Maine. I also serve on the board of directors for the Maine Alliance for Retired Americans. With my wife, we serve as volunteers for the Jubilee Center. I officiate at Bates College track meets. I have served as a member of the Lewiston Downtown Advisory Board, the board of directors of the Sisters of Charity Health System, Holy Cross Parish Council, Holy Cross School Board. I have also served on the board of directors of the Maine Citizens Against Gun Violence and as a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Ice breakers What is your favorite movie? It is the documentary film, "Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness" produced by my friend Patrice O'Neil of Oakland, Calif. What is your favorite book? "The Lost Art of Healing: Practicing Compassion in Medicine," by Dr. Bernard Lown, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and a 1938 graduate of Lewiston High School. What is the best political advice you have received? The advice came from former United States Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell when he called me in July 1992 to tell me that he was nominating me to President Bill Clinton to serve as the United States marshal for the District of Maine.

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He said, “Larry, I ask but one thing of you and that is that you obey the law.” I am proud to say that I have always lived up to his advice and request. Having served as a law enforcement officer, obeying the law has always been my guiding principle. What Maine political figure do you admire most? I admire former Sen. George J. Mitchell for his outstanding service to the state of Maine and the United States. Aside from serving as a United States District Judge and U.S. Senate Majority Leader, he successfully negotiated peace in Ireland where warring factions had existed for years. I believe he would have been an outstanding president of the United States. Local politics What has Mayor Robert Macdonald done during the past two years that you agree with? What has he done that you disagree with? These are questions for the voters to decide. I would rather focus on some of my accomplishments as to why voters should elect me again to serve them honorably as I have for five years previously. When I first ran for mayor, I ran on a platform of selling the Androscoggin Bank Colisee, as we were losing a halfmillion dollars a year. With the city council that I served with, we sold it to stop the bleeding to the taxpayers. This has resulted in savings of some $2.5 million dollars thus far and we continue to save a half-million a year every year we don't own it. Also, the Colisee's property tax bill for this year is $43,179. 96 its storm-water fee is $17,344. 52, which totals $60,524. 48. This is annual revenue that the city didn't realize when it owned the Androscoggin Bank Colisee. Back in 2007, over the objections of the then-city administrator, I insisted on holding a public hearing to consider a 30-year contract with Casella Waste Management to take over our solid waste landfill. It was held at the Multi-Purpose Center where some 300 taxpayers objected to the contract deal and it was soundly defeated by a unanimous vote of the City Council.

As a result of my insistence, the citizens were heard loud and clear. During my term of office, we made a change in city administration where we are now fortunate to have the professional expertise and experience of City Administrator Ed Barrett. I remember one City Council meeting ending at 1:45 a.m. With the system presented by Ed Barrett, workshops are held on issues to come up before the City Council where all questions can be answered and when the public meeting follows, councilors are prepared to vote on the issues. During my term, I advanced to the City Council the creation of a committee to review the City Charter which hadn't been reviewed in some 31 years. The council agreed and that has been accomplished with several changes that have taken effect as a result of a vote of the electorate. With the City Council, we have appointed a new police chief in Chief Michael Bussiere who has been doing an excellent job. We have kept taxes in check, where unfortunately we have had to reduce the city's workforce by some 20 percent over the past 10 years. Only of late have local property taxes increased because of the shifting of the burden from the state by Gov. LePage's attempt to eliminate revenuesharing. When he was mayor of Waterville, he said we should revolt against that and now that he is in office, he has done similar but worse. The blame for that goes clearly on Gov. LePage. It would have been worse were it not for the efforts of State Reps. Peggy Rotundo and Mike Carey who serve on the Appropriations Committee and the members of our Androscoggin County legislative delegation. During my term of office, I embraced diversity which has, contrary to myths that continue to be perpetuated, helped our local economy. Where there once was controversy over our refugee/immigrant population, calm existed throughout my entire five-year term. We must learn to live together in harmony for our common good. When we do, we will prosper together. I have been a strong supporter of the city's educational system from pre-K

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through Adult Education. I have also worked to support our local post-secondary educational institutions. I have been a strong supporter of the Riverfront Island Master Plan by appointing the committee to select the firm to lead us in developing that plan. I have participated in the development of the plan. I continue to be a strong supporter of consolidation of city services with the city of Auburn that could eventually develop to a merger of the cities. I firmly believe that we need to continue to assist existing businesses and bring in new ones with employment opportunities as well as to broaden our tax base by putting the city's resources to work. I will continue to stress the positive aspects of our community and advocate for it. What has the City Council done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? See previous response. What has the city administrator and the city staff done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? See the response to the one for the mayor. What has the School Committee done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? See the response to the one for the mayor.

What should be done with Bates Mill No. 5? Where the city had twice put out requests for proposal for development of Mill No. 5 and having received none, I was supportive of tearing it down to make that major downtown footprint more economically feasible for the benefit of our city. Then along came the proposal to place a casino to save and refurbish that massive structure. I was fully supportive of that, which would have brought in some $2 million in tax revenue and created some 500 goodpaying jobs with benefits locally. In spite of the fact that Lewiston voters supported it, it was defeated statewide. This then left the question of what to do with Mill No. 5? The group Grow L + A was formed to save the building and has offered a proposal to do so. The have been promised funding to accomplish part of that. Without first being privy to the full viability to accomplish all that needs to be accomplished, I reserve the opportunity to fully have a viable proposal be fully vetted. I have offered to work with the group to try to secure some out-of-state funding by a wealthy individual who invests in such venues. I am still willing to do that. Any last words? As we look to the future of our community of Lewiston, strong and proven positive leadership is essential for success for each of us and for our city. I am ready to once again provide that leadership. I respectfully ask for your vote on Election Day.

Robert Macdonald
Office Sought: Lewiston mayor Home Street Address: 6 Jolin St. Campaign Phone Number: 784-3045 Occupation or primary source of income: Retired Lewiston detective Education: Boston English High School; BS, Northeastern University, Boston Family: Wife Virginia, four children, five grandchildren

Public offices sought or held? : I am the current mayor of Lewiston. Along with staff, the City Council and business owners, we are attempting to make this city a place where people want to live, play, raise a family and either build a business here or work here. Civic organizations: Elks, VFW Post 9150, American Legion Post 210, Franco-American War Veterans, Marine Corps League, DAV, 1st Marine Division Association Ice breakers What is your favorite movie? "Mean Streets."

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What is your favorite book? "The Prince." What is the best political advice you have received? Don't wink when you can nod. Don't speak when you can nod. Don't write when you can speak. Keep your temper under control What Maine political figure do you admire most? I really don't admire politicians although I am correctly classified as one. Local politics What has Mayor Robert Macdonald done during the past two years that you agree with? What has he done that you disagree with? I was elected by the people of Lewiston to address the problems that others are afraid to speak out on. Lewiston has progressed because we work as a team and I AM WILLING TO TAKE THE NEGATIVE HITS IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE WE PROGRESS. We believe in the phrase "gung-ho" (work together.)

What has the City Council done during the past two years that you agree with? What has it done that you disagree with? We have all worked together to make the city more livable and the concerns of our citizens, not political philosophies, guide our decisions. What has the city administrator and the city staff done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? See above What has the School Committee done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? Too busy dealing with city problems to comment. What should be done with Bates Mill No. 5? Still out on this one. Any last words? I am a Vietnam combat veteran who served with the 1st Marine Division.

City Council — Ward 1
John T. Butler
Office Sought: Lewiston City Council, Ward 1 Home Street Address: 20 Ware St. Campaign Phone Number: 7842076 Campaign Email Address: jbutler@butlerbros.com Occupation or primary source of income: Outside salesperson for 25 years with Butler Brothers. This is a locally owned and operated industrial supply business that has been in business and started by my father in 1952. Education: Graduated from Lewiston High School in 1977. Graduated from Saint Michael's College in Winooski, Vt., with a B.A. in political science in 1981. Family: Husband to Ann (Mulcahy) Butler and married for 31 years. Father to three children who all attended public school and they all still reside in Lewiston. My youngest daughter is currently attending UMF as a junior majoring in Primary Education. Proud grandfather of three beautiful children with the oldest one attending public school. Public offices sought or held? Lewiston City Council -Four years; Council Representative on the Lewiston Youth Advisory Council; Member of the Taxi Appeals Board; Commissioner for the Lake Auburn Water Protection Commission; Member of the Maine Municipal Association Executive Committee(MMA); Member and Chairperson of the MMA Strategic and Finance Committee; Member of the MMA Property and Casualty Pool board; Member of the MMA Workers Compensation Board; Lewiston School Committee-sixteen years Co-Chair of the Farwell

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School Building Committee Member of the Geiger School Building Committee Region VI director for the Maine School Board Association LIFELONG LEWISTON RESIDENT. Civic organizations: I am a member of Saint Philips Church (IHM). I joined this church when Saint Joseph's church closed. Ice breakers What is your favorite food? My favorite food is seafood. This includes all kinds cooked and not cooked — but never microwaved. What is your favorite book? My favorite book is the Dictionary. You can learn a new word every day. My word of the day is "LOGGIA". If you don't know what it means look it up. You probably have one. What is the best political advice you have received? The best political advice I follow is listen 80 percent of the time and talk 20 percent and do what you feel is right in your heart, mind and soul when the facts, discussions and presentations are done. What Maine political figure do you admire most? The person I admire most is Margaret Chase Smith. She was a pioneer and an inspiration to many future generations when the world was in in state of change. She was a real leader. Local politics What has Mayor Robert Macdonald done during the past two years that you agree with? What has he done that you disagree with? This is up to you to decide. What has the city council done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? We have done many good things including economic development, adopting a Riverfront Plan, supported a new Comprehensive Plan, we kept taxes as low as possible when with a $1.1 million revenue cut from the State.

We also started cleaning up downtown in both crime and unsafe housing stock and we worked as a team. The council works as a whole so even if you disagree once the vote is taken you support it. What has the city administrator and the city staff done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? Ed does a great job. He listens and solves problems in a logical manner. This job is tough and Ed works well with the city staff, the mayor and the council and that is what he is suppose to do. Ed has seven bosses and the decisions that are the end product are the City Council's decisions. What has the school committee done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? The School Committee is an elected board and as such has the authority over the school department. The only authority the City Council has is over their total budget that is presented to the public in a local referendum. You have to decide this one. What should be done with Bates Mill No. 5? The future of Bate's Mill number 5 is in the hands of Grow L.A. They have until October first to come up wit approximately $17 to $20 million to do their dream project. If this does not occur this building will be torn down and this action will occur with this council Any last words? SIX AREAS TO CONTINUE TO MOVE LEWISTON IN A POSITIVE DIRECTION 1. We have to use our long term Riverfront and upcoming Comprehensive Plans. 2. We have to expand our REVENUE. Revenue is everything. 3. We have to improve our downtown housing stock. 4. We have to keep Lake Auburn CLEAN and SAFE. 5. We as a city have to function as EFFICIENT as possible. 6. We have to change our image of our self. We have low self-esteem and it is a problem. WE DETERMINE OUR OWN LEGACY!

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Leslie T. Dubois
Office Sought: Lewiston City Council, Ward 1 Home Street Address: 588 Main St. Campaign Phone Number: 207577-1187 Campaign Email Address: lesliedubois@hotmail.com Occupation or primary source of income: Office Manager Michael L. Dubois, P.A. Education: University of Maine - Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education with minor in Social Science: Northern Maine Vocational Institute - Associate Degree Computer Programing: American Institute of Banking, numerous banking classes: Zama American High School - 3 year graduate Family: I moved to Lewiston in 1995, joining my husband, Michael L. Dubois, Esq. who arrived a few months prior after being employed at the law firm of the late William Rouchleau, Esq. I met my husband of 20 years in Aroostook County, where we both have family ties. Our love for life, travel and adventure leads us to many exciting and adventurous places. We have two loving pets, Sir Brussels and Mr. Jackson, who also love to travel with us. Public offices sought or held? After shying away from politics for many years I overheard someone being told "You have no right to talk if you don't even vote" It made sense, so I enrolled and began educating myself . I have assisted in campaigns for various people running for public office, to include walking "door to door." Approximately five years ago I started working the voting polls in Lewiston and was appointed Warden of Central Voting / Absentee Voting two years ago. Civic organizations: Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce. Ice breakers What is your favorite food? Maine lobster, of course. What is your favorite movie? "The Patriot." What is your favorite book? "Twelfth Angel" by Og Mandino

What is the best political advice you have received? Get involved by running for an office on the local level; Be flexible, don't take anything personal, and most importantly remember "People don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care". What Maine political figure do you admire most? Margaret Chase Smith, the first woman to serve in the House and Senate led the way for woman in politics. First stepping in for her husband when he passed away then winning election after election in her own right. Being a caring person, she was always known for voting her conscience. On more of a personal note, my mother has shared numerous stories of visiting and having tea with Margaret while summering in Skowhegan. Local politics What has Mayor Robert Macdonald done during the past two years that you agree with? What has he done that you disagree with? I believe Mayor Robert MacDonald tells it like it is, is willing to listen to the people of Lewiston and does not want to perpetuate Lewistons' reputation of a welfare city. What has the city council done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? I agree with most decisions of the City Council including banning panhandling, although there is nothing put in place to enforce it. I disagree with how the majority of the council members do not listen to the tax payers. What has the city administrator and the city staff done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? I agree wholeheartedly in the city administrator and staff putting together and implementing a Downtown Neighborhood Action Committee. I disagree with the letter of support recently giving for a housing project that states the city will sell the land for $1.00, gives the buyers a waiver on applications, building permit fees, a reduction in code enforcements and a return of 50 percent of tax revenue for 15 years.

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What has the school committee done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? Having no children, but being an educator and caring for the next generation, I believe the committee should listen to the concerns of the parents.

What should be done with Bates Mill No. 5? I am open to projects that will produce revenue for the city. Any last words? "I care and will listen"

City Council — Ward 2
Donald D'Auteuil
Office Sought: Lewiston City Council, Ward 2 Home Street Address: 400 Montello St Campaign Phone Number: 207-576-3627 Campaign Email Address: dondauts@yahoo.com Occupation or primary source of income: TD Bank Loan Underwriter Education: St. Dominic R.H.S. Central Maine Community College Center Of Financial Training Family: Live with my wife Shannon, step son Marciano, step son Jaden, step daughter bella, and dog Sambuka. Public offices sought or held? Currently Councilor for Ward 2, and current City Council Representative to School Board. Two years on board of appeals Civic organizations: Board Member Twin City Titans Youth Hockey

City Council — Ward 3
Nathan Libby
Office Sought: Lewiston City Council, Ward 3 Home Street Address: 12 Orange Street Campaign Phone Number: 207399-7993 Campaign Email Address: nathan.libby@gmail.com Occupation or primary source of income: Economic Development Consultant, Legislator, Landlord Education: Bates College, Skowhegan Area High School Family: Married to Andrea; 4-year old son Jude Public offices sought or held? City Councilor 2011present, State Representative 2012-present Civic organizations: Androscoggin Head Start, Board of Directors; Lewiston Auburn Economic Growth Council, Board of Directors; Maine Children's Growth Council, Member. Ice breakers What is your favorite food? Pizza What is your favorite movie? Dr. Strangelove What is your favorite book? The Age of Reason

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What is the best political advice you have received? My grandmother's sage advice: "Be Kind" What Maine political figure do you admire most? Ed Muskie was an accomplished statesman, presidential candidate, U.S. Senator, U.S. Secretary of State, Maine Governor, Bates College graduate, and western Maine native. I admire him for his many accomplishments, most of all his authorship of the federal Clean Air and Clean Water Acts. Local politics What has Mayor Robert Macdonald done during the past two years that you agree with? What has he done that you disagree with? I support the Mayor's collaborative efforts with Lewiston's landlord community and his work with the Police Department in prosecuting documented cases of welfare fraud. I do not agree with the Mayor's past statements regarding Lewiston's New Mainer community and their culture. What has the city council done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? I support the Council's work in investing in the downtown, expanding the city's acquisition and

demolition program, adopting a "complete streets" policy, and trimming the city's budget to maintain a flat tax rate (notwithstanding the state's cuts to revenue sharing). I do not agree with the Council's allowance of fireworks use within the city. What has the city administrator and the city staff done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? The city administrator and staff have done a good job of carrying out the policy decisions made by the council. For specific accomplishments, see above. What has the school committee done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? The school committee has done well in its future planning for increased enrollment. I was disappointed to see the re-districting effort fail. What should be done with Bates Mill No. 5? The best solution would be one conceived by the Grow LA group: securing private investment to stabilize the building while soliciting some much needed new businesses in the downtown; in particular, a downtown grocery store.

City Council — Ward 4
Darcy Reed
Office Sought: Lewiston City Council, Ward 4 Home Street Address: 89 Rideout Avenue Campaign Phone Number: (207) 330-5486 Campaign Email Address: darcyreed15@yahoo.com Occupation or primary source of income: Selfemployed property manager and full-time student at the University of Southern Maine. Education: Social and Behavioral Science Major, Bachelor of Arts. Anticipated graduation date: December 2013. GPA: 3.8. Edward Little High School High School Diploma Family: My mother is from the Philippines and my father was born in Lisbon; they reside together in Lewiston. I have six wonderful sisters. I have never been married and do not have any children, but I hope to after I complete law school Public offices sought or held?This is my first time running for a political office, but so far the campaign process has been an educational and enjoyable experience. I have met many wonderful citizens of

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Lewiston and look forward to meeting more local residents. Civic organizations: The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Vice-President Golden Key International Honour Society, Secretary Student Government Association at the University of Southern Maine, Lewiston-Auburn College, Vice-President. Ice breakers What is your favorite food? Penne alfredo! What is your favorite movie? "Rain Man" What is your favorite book? "The Grapes Wrath" What is the best political advice you have received? The best political advice I have received is to always listen to constituents first, then act. It is important to listen to the concerns of the residents without just guessing or assuming what they need or want. When residents of Ward Four were signing my petition, I gave all of them my cell phone number, and I encourage all of them to call me anytime to share with me any questions or concerns they may have. I will always be available to listen to my fellow Lewiston citizens. What Maine political figure do you admire most? Olympia Snowe. Local politics What has Mayor Robert Macdonald done during the past two years that you agree with? What has he done that you disagree with? I agree with Mayor Macdonald's work with cutting back on the amount of welfare fraud that occurs against the City of Lewiston. Taxpayers understand the hard work that goes into earning money, they do not want to see that money be wasted. I am appalled that many of those caught committing fraud in Lewiston already qualify for the program again as they can only be kicked off from General Assistance for a period of time, this needs to be changed. General Assistance is a great program for those who need it, but those who abuse it need to be penalized. I also agree with Mayor Macdonald's recent vote against the low-income housing project that Volunteers of America will be building. Whether we agree or disagree with Mayor Macdonald, at least he speaks his mind in no uncertain terms.

What has the city council done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? I agree with the council's decision to lift restrictions on where tattoo artists can open up shops. We need to support business in Lewiston. I strongly disagree with the council's decision to approve another low-income housing project. The project will cost Lewiston citizens hundreds of thousands of dollars, while a "non-profit" organization reaps the benefits. The project is also funded by federal money, and all of this is for what? To have a nice looking building in downtown Lewiston? It is not worth it. We need to promote business and employment. Why is the Economic and Community Development Department wasting precious resources on a building that will lose money for the City? The Department should be working on ways to IMPROVE our city. What has the city administrator and the city staff done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? What has the school committee done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? I agree with the committee's decision to oppose LD 2774 because it is not the responsibility of taxpayers to pay for children to attend religious schools. I also agree with the decision to oppose LD 2775 because taxpayers should not be supporting a school system in which children from other towns attend that school. If parents would like their children to attend a religious school or a school in a district other than where they pay taxes, they should be responsible for any expenses related to that decision. What should be done with Bates Mill No. 5? Bates Mill Number 5 should be sold to Grow L+A if they are still willing and able to make the purchase. The building is a historic building for Lewiston and should be kept, if possible. If the space can be used to encourage business and promote healthier eating for Lewiston residents, it should be used for that. $2.5 million is too much money to spend on on tearing down the building. No matter what is to happen with

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the building, a decision needs to be made soon. We cannot continue to delay a decision on this matter. Any last words? I am a homeowner; I understand what it is like to have to mow the lawn, tend to a garden, shovel the snow, pay real estate taxes, and I don't know about you, but it seems as though there is always something that needs to be repaired at my house. I understand the frustration of spending thousands of dollars per year for taxes, only to see the money be wasted. I want voters to know that, if elected, I will not be a city councilor who votes based on personal views or beliefs; I will ALWAYS keep the best interests of the people of Ward Four in mind when voting. I am not afraid to go against the crowd if that is what is best for my neighbors. I will be available to constituents 24 hours a day to answer questions and to just listen. I encourage citizens of Ward Four to take advantage of this, call me! My phone number is: (207) 330-5486, and also, feel free to stop by my house at 89 Rideout Avenue. I would also love to meet everyone in Ward Four. I hope to accomplish this, so please help me by reaching out to me. I also promote increased voter participation. I have voter registration cards, not so that more people vote for me, but so that more people get involved. It is your

civic duty to vote. Get involved, go out and vote, no matter who you vote for or what your party affiliation is, VOTE! Very few people vote, and this is upsetting because each and every person has the opportunity to make a difference. I also encourage community service involvement as I have always been one to volunteer at every opportunity that I am presented with. We have a lot of fantastic organizations in this city, let's get to work and help them help others. I know how difficult it is to work 40+ hours per week, just to make ends meet. But if at all possible, I encourage you to volunteer your time. Who knows, YOU may be in need one day. The feeling that one gets from giving back to their community is unmatched by any other. When you head to the voting booth in November, I want you to ask yourself: Does your city councilor have YOUR best interests in mind? Are they always available to you? Do they extend themselves to you and others in our community? Do you know their name? Have you met your city councilor? Have they adequately represented you? Do you know what they stand for? If you answered "yes" to all of the above questions, then there is no need to vote for me. If you answered "no" to any of the above questions, then the decision should be clear; it is time for a change!

Doreen Christ
Office Sought: Lewiston City Council, Ward 4 Home Street Address: 1 Buckley St. Campaign Phone Number: (207) 576-7409 Campaign Email Address: dmchrist12@yahoo.com Occupation or primary source of income: Administrative Assistant - Grondin & Associates (CPA); Full-Time Recording Secretary - Town of Monmouth; Pizza and Sandwich Prep - Stephen's Pizza; Newspaper Carrier - Lewiston Sun Journal. Education: Medomak Valley H.S., Waldoboro, ME HONOR GRADUATE 1982; Casco Bay College, Portland., ME - Certified Professional Sec. Design.;

Central Maine Community College, Auburn, ME Assoc. Degree in Accounting (presently attending). Family: Brought up in Waldoboro, Maine. Briefly attended Thomas College in Waterville, Maine. Resident of Lewiston, Maine, since 1988. Single parent of one, who resides with me and is currently enrolled at Southern Maine Community College where he is trying to obtain his Associates Degree. Public offices sought or held? Lewiston City Council - Ward 4 (Two-Year Term); Finance Committee (City Council Representative); Taxi Appeals Board (City Council Representative). Civic organizations: Former Secretary of FLY Football (two seasons); Former Secretary of Auburn Snogroomers (snowmobile club in Auburn, Maine).

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Ice breakers What is your favorite food? Steak and potato What is your favorite movie? I really don't have the time available to watch movies, I enjoy watching football (both NFL and college). What is your favorite book? N/A. What is the best political advice you have received? Only say what is necessary to get the point across. What Maine political figure do you admire most? Our current Governor LePage, mainly because of his stance on cutting welfare. Local politics What has Mayor Robert Macdonald done during the past two years that you agree with? What has he done that you disagree with? I agree with his opinion on welfare, general assistance, and downtown housing issues. What has the city council done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? I agree with what we have done with demolition of uninhabitable buildings, however, they need to be replaced with affordable housing units, not left as open space. I disagree with the fireworks ordinance as it currently stands. It is confusing to most residents. It should either be an all out ban or allowed. I disagree with only a partial ban, since it cannot be enforced. What has the city administrator and the city staff done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? Our City Administrator keeps us on target with everything that is going on. He has excellent communication skills. I also agree with what City Staff presents to the City Council. They do their research very well, i.e. Code Enforcement does an excellent presentation on the buildings to be demolished and the Finance Director does an excellent job, along with department heads, in presenting the budget during the budget process. Very pleased with how our City is run, however, more city staff is necessary. What has the school committee done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? They do a very good job with their budget presentation, however, I feel there could be cuts made. What should be done with Bates Mill No. 5? I believe the best thing that could happen to Bates Mill No. 5 is demolition. I would like to see the mill come down and be replaced with new structures. This is a prime develop-able area in the midst of our downtown and could make a great difference to our downtown, if marketed correctly. I think a very good replacement would be to start with a food market, since our downtown does not have a major grocery store. Any last words? I am here to make decisions that would be of benefit to not only my Ward, but the entire City of Lewiston. I review all subject matter before each and every meeting and know exactly what I am voting on.

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City Council — Ward 5
Charles A. Soule
Office Sought: Lewiston City Council, Ward 5 Home Street Address: 135 Bartlett St. Campaign Phone Number: 207 777 1863 Campaign Email Address: csoule2013mayor@yahoo.com Twitter Account: onlinewebfire Occupation or primary source of income: Pension from the Veterans Administration Education: Check www.soule2013mayor.wordpress.com and onlinewebfire.wordpress.com Public offices sought or held? Ward 5, 26 year of serving the interest of Lewiston Taxpayers. Civic organizations: Lot to Gardens, Visible Community and Lewiston Housing Authority Resident advisor Board, last year. Ice breakers What is your favorite food? Spaghetti and white clam sauce What is your favorite movie? Terminator What is your favorite book? Caesar and Christ by Will Durant, State of Denial, by Bob Woodward What is the best political advice you have received? All you need to be happy is a safe place to sleep, meal a day and your health to be happy; everything else is extra. (learned while in India,( Military ) What Maine political figure do you admire most? Edmond Muskie, Governor Kenneth Curtis Local politics What has Mayor Robert Macdonald done during the past two years that you agree with? What has he done that you disagree with? no comment What has the city council done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? Renegotiated the Colisee deal, with the Firland LLC behind in taxes; Given City Administrator a raise of substantial money; And allow the Lighting of the City Hall at an electric bill of $1000 or better year — plus yearly inspection to make sure then do not fall. What has the city administrator and the city staff done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? Fix Walnut Street and side walks. What has the school committee done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? Not allowed redistricting of students to Montello What should be done with Bates Mill No. 5? To date over $26 million dollars has been put into Bates Mill. Lets look at the Grow L/A project in depth before we decide.. Any last words? I know all the players at City hall (Names and position) and have grown as a person in the 26 years running for office.

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Kristen Cloutier
Office Sought: Lewiston City Council, Ward 5 Home Street Address: 33 Charles Street, Lewiston, ME 04240 Campaign Phone Number: 207807-1637 Campaign Email Address: kristencloutier@yahoo.com Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kristen-Cloutier-forLewiston-City-Counci... Occupation or primary source of income: Assistant Director, Center Operations and Program Coordinator, Project Pericles/Harward Center for Community Partnerships, Bates College Education: Master of Leadership Studies, University of Southern Maine (LAC), 2009; Bachelor of Arts, Journalism, Northeastern University, 1997 Family: I am married and have a five- year-old daughter and two rescue dogs. Public offices sought or held? Member, Comprehensive Plan Committee, City of Lewiston Civic organizations: Member, Community Advisory Board, University of Maine, Lewiston-Auburn College; Member, L-A Betterment Committee, Young People of the Lewiston-Auburn Area (YPLAA); Member, Education and Development Committee, Advocates for Children; Member, Holiday Festival Committee, Advocates for Children; Member, Planning Committee, NOT HERE Conference on Human Trafficking; Volunteer, Lewiston Unites; Volunteer, Dempsey Challenge. Ice breakers What is your favorite food? As I mention on my campaign palm cards, I love the L-A Greek Festival. Having just been, I am inclined to go with a gyro. And loukomades. Can I pick two? What is your favorite movie? "Elf." What is your favorite book? "To Kill a Mockingbird," by Harper Lee What is the best political advice you have received? I wouldn’t say it is advice as much as it is good practice, but many people, both in and out of politics, have told me how important it is for me to get out there and meet my potential constituents. Knocking on doors is something that I was really afraid to do, but now that I have done it a few times, I have really come to enjoy it. Meeting my neighbors and sharing a conversation with them has been extremely motivating and enriching. What Maine political figure do you admire most? I am a pretty big fan of Mike Michaud. He comes from humble beginnings in East Millinocket and worked in a paper mill. In my opinion, he represents the spirit of what it means to be a “Mainer.” He got involved in politics because he wanted to clean up the Penobscot River, a river that was being polluted by the very paper mill that he worked for. That alone takes a lot of guts. He is a fierce advocate for our veterans and is deeply invested in the economic development of the State. His commitment to his Maine roots is evident is almost everything he does, like continuing to live in East Millinocket and remodeling his late grandmother’s house. I love that. Local politics What has Mayor Robert Macdonald done during the past two years that you agree with? What has he done that you disagree with? I think that Mayor Macdonald has done an exceptional job working with and relating to the members of the Council. He has been open to conversation and I believe he has the ability to work well with others, even when his own beliefs on an issue are at odds with those being presented. He is able to respectfully agree to disagree. That being said, I think that sometimes he speaks before he has thoroughly thought through an issue. We may not always agree on things, but I look forward to the opportunity of getting to know him, whether or not either of us is elected.

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What has the city council done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? I think the council that we have had for the past two years has done a great job of working collaboratively despite party affiliations, and I appreciate the fact that they spoke out against the Governor and his efforts to shift the tax burden of the state from income tax to property taxes, effectively shifting the tax burden from the wealthiest in the state to those in middle and low income tax brackets. I am also appreciative of their support of improvements at Lewiston Middle School and Longley Elementary School (making it a complete elementary school). As the parent of a young child who needs a lot of rest and goes to bed relatively early, and the owner of two dogs, I was disappointed that the Council did not enact an outright ban on fireworks. I cringe every time there is any kind of event that involves fireworks. It typically means that we have to take the dogs and migrate to a place that doesn’t have them so that the dogs aren’t terrified. This in turn usually means that my daughter does not get to bed at a reasonable hour because not only are the fireworks being set off after her bedtime, but we have to account for travel time to get home. In addition, even though there are laws about who should be setting off fireworks, where they should be set off, and when, there are always people who don’t abide by the law. An outright ban would have been much easier for everyone in my opinion. What has the city administrator and the city staff done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? Given the recent fires that took place downtown, which the City was very responsive to, I think it is great that they have hired a full-time code enforcement officer and have been stepping up code enforcement efforts, including securing buildings that are vacant. These efforts should not only help in decreasing unsafe housing conditions for those living downtown, but should help reduce crime that is typically associated with vacant buildings. I have also been pleasantly surprised by the quick and personal responses that I have received from every city office that I have come into contact with recently.

I think the city administrator and staff try to do the best that they can with limited resources. I just don’t think that there is enough money or manpower to meet all the City’s needs efficiently and effectively. I think this sometimes causes the City to be reactive rather than proactive in its response to community needs. What has the school committee done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? I really like that we have instituted Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports universally in the Lewiston school system. I think that holding all students accountable for their actions and starting all students off on the same playing field allows them to learn from each other. It also presents opportunities for early interventions with students who are experiencing behavioral problems or issues with academic achievement. PBIS allows us to meet the needs of students sooner, preventing them from developing intense, individual needs. This, in turn, allows us to reserve resources. First of all, let me say that I understand that the idea of redistricting is fraught with problems and concerns on many levels, on both sides of the equation, and I want to be clear that I am not addressing the redistricting plan itself, but merely the process that was employed for creation of the redistricting subcommittee. I believe in transparency and equal representation, and I don’t feel like the subcommittee was successful in employing either of those things early enough in the process. There was no parental representation on the subcommittee from some of the schools being most affected. Because of that, I think it created more tension in an already difficult conversation. While I feel the subcommittee remedied that to a certain degree by holding open meetings for parents and community members later on, I feel it may have been too late and that people were already feeling too left out of the process to focus solely on the issue at hand. What should be done with Bates Mill No. 5? I think that Grow L-A’s plans for an agricultural center in Mill No. 5 are intriguing. I think there is incredible opportunity there to do something in Lewiston that

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isn’t being done in many other places. By integrating hydroponic and aquaponic technology, we can strengthen and diversify our economic base, employing local people and increasing our own food security in the process.

Any last words? I am really excited about the opportunity to serve the people of Ward 5. We may not always agree on how to get there, but I am certain that our destination is the same: a vibrant, healthy, thriving city that we are all proud to call home!

Richard L. White
Office Sought: Lewiston City Council, Ward 5 Home Street Address: 232 Blake St Apt.2 Lewiston, Maine 04240 Campaign Phone Number: 207-312-1206 Occupation or primary source of income: Single parent Education: Bangor Adult Education; Eastern Maine Technical College; Beals Business College Family: I'm a single dad of two six-year-old twins, a boy and a girl. We've lived in this neighborhood for the past five years. The children go to Longely School, and we are very active within the community. Public offices sought or held? I have been fighting for this neighborhood for the past couple of years. I have been involved in several group efforts in helping improve the quality of life here in Ward 5. I feel that the best way I can really make a difference, is by running for City Council. There is a need for someone who has the ability to listen to other peoples concerns, and address them. The people in Ward 5 deserve to be heard. They deserve action. They deserve a champion. I am that champion. Civic organizations: Former Block Captain of Neighborhood Housing League, Lewiston Unites: Longley School Parent Advisory Group; Longley School Parent Volunteer Ice breakers What is your favorite food? Beef. It's whats for dinner What is your favorite movie? "Star Trek : Nemesis:" I have always been a Star Trek fan. What is your favorite book? Tom Clancy is actually my favorite author. So I try to read his novels every chance I get. What is the best political advice you have received? Do not make promises you can't keep. What Maine political figure do you admire most? I honestly never really thought about it, but Olympia Snowe, George Mitchell, and Bill Cohen were always quick to help me out with issues in the past and their staff really listened. Local politics What has Mayor Robert Macdonald done during the past two years that you agree with? What has he done that you disagree with? First of all, he really wants to improve things. He has taken the time to listen to all sides. Like he said, we have to not only focus on the positives, but we have to focus on the negatives as well. However, he has often times singled out low income families as the cause of Lewiston's woes. I have also heard him say many times that we don't have funds and therefore we can't do anything. I do not agree with this, there are solutions and we need to implement them. What has the city council done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? There has been changes made to safe demolition practices. That's good. However, there has been a total lack of accountability that is running in city hall that really needs to change. We have spent a lot of time talking about issues around Ward 5, we all acknowledged that these are legitimate issues, but what is being done? There is a lot of potential for development within Ward 5 that we are losing out on, simply because nothing is being done.

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What has the city administrator and the city staff done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? They have attended forums to hear the community express their concerns. They have even spoken to us about what the current situation is. I also appreciate the great working relationship I have with city staff. They all really want to address issues, and they have been very cooperative with my efforts to find the solutions. General Assistance really needs to be revamped. The workfare program really needs overhauled, and certain practices are unfair, and needs to be addressed. What has the school committee done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? Keeping the school districts the same was what the people really wanted. The very fact they listened was impressive.There is still more to be done. I haven't had a chance to look over the budget yet, but I feel

that there should be an even balance among schools along with a common curriculum. What should be done with Bates Mill No. 5? To be honest, that is an issue I need to study before making a decision. I think either way, the development potential is there, and we should take full advantage of it. Jobs are badly needed here, and we really need to utilize all of our opportunities now. We also need to make it attractive to businesses to come to Lewiston, and for these businesses to actually hire the majority of their employees locally. Any last words? I am here because I can make a difference. I share the same issues here in Ward 5. I have been fighting for this community and will continue to do so. I am here talking with people. I see what is happening around here, and I know we need to act now. The time has come for action. We need to restore pride within our community and it will take everyone's part. I believe in accountability, and that everyone should be held accountable for their actions. There are solutions — some easy, some kinda long term — and I want to see them implemented.

City Council — Ward 6
Mark Cayer
Office Sought: Lewiston City Council, Ward 6 Home Street Address: 97 Summit Ave. Campaign Email Address: mcayer@gwi.net Occupation or primary source of income: Self Employed - Private Investigator - Maine PI Service Education: Lewiston Public Schools: Maine Criminal Justice Academy: Numerous Law Enforcement Trainings including; Certified Arson Investigator, Certified Law Enforcement Field Training Officer, EMT: Some Criminal Justice College Courses Family: I'm married to Susan who is an RN for St. Mary's. I have two adult son's Mark Jr. and Mike. I have three grandchildren Kiarra, Gavin and Mark III. Public offices sought or held?I have always tried to serve in each community I have lived in. I first served as a Budget Committee member in Farmington and later was elected to the SAD 9 School Board. After a couple of terms on the school board I was elected as a Farmington Selectman serving almost two terms before moving to Rumford for employment as the Lieutenant of Rumford Police Department. I now serve as the Lewiston City Councilor for Ward 6. I’m in my second term.

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Civic organizations: I currently am a member of the Maine Private Investigator's Association. I served on the Board of Directors for two terms. I currently serve on the:Auburn-Lewiston Airport BoardLewiston Auburn Railroad BoardI have in the past served as a Board Member of SAVES – Sexual Assault Victim Emergency Services. Ice breakers What is your favorite food? Anything my wife cooks of course and I like Italian food. What is your favorite movie? “The Green Mile.” What is your favorite book? I do not have a favorite book, but I like anything related to historic writings. What is the best political advice you have received? I once was told to never go into a meeting with a personal agenda. The agenda should always be what's best for the community you are serving and never back door politic agenda items, save the debate for the meeting. Back door politicking is when elected officials try to gain support with an issue before the open meeting debate. When this happens it cause mistrust among the members of any governing body and is the first step to dysfunction. What Maine political figure do you admire most? Not sure, I respect several on both sides of the fence, but I do not admire one above any other. Local politics What has Mayor Robert Macdonald done during the past two years that you agree with? What has he done that you disagree with? Mayor MacDonald has grown nicely into his position as Mayor. Some call individuals who serve at the local level politicians, but most of us are not. Most of us are just folks who want to give back to the community we live in. With that said most of us are

not polished in our words or actions and sometimes we all say things in a way that doesn’t really portray our beliefs. Mayor MacDonald has had some growing pains in the way he presents, but his decisions have always been in a direction that he truly believes is best for the community he lives in and serves. I may at times disagree or agree with his views, but when you have a governing body that has different opinions and each member debates respectfully, that’s part of what makes a great governing body. What has the city council done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? The current Council is a diverse group of individuals from many walks of life. Each time I'm on the wrong side of a vote, I disagree. However the current council all are serving for the right reasons. We debate with passion and in open session, but we never make it about any one individual councilor. We all respect each other’s views and when the vote is done we move onto the next subject. What has the city administrator and the city staff done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? The Administrator and his staff have always been responsive to the Council. They present budgets and agenda items in a way that is informative so that the council can make an educated decision. I tend to disagree mostly with budget related items; however, I also expect administration and staff to fight for what they believe there departments needs. In the end I try to balance Wants vs. Needs and most importantly taxpayer expectations.I honestly believe the City Administrator and his management team are some of the most respected professionals in the State of Maine. What has the school committee done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? It is a different world today when it comes to education. The expectations on schools in today’s world are full of unfunded mandates. If the Federal Government and the State would either stop telling the community what they need to do or start paying

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for what they tell you to do, our schools would be a much better place. If more parents took an active role in the education of their child the school system would be a much better place. Thank god for the parents who do participate.Every year I struggle with the schools budget. However, I also recognize that the public has to take the fight to the state level for real change. What should be done with Bates Mill No. 5? I'm excited about the work Grow LA is doing to generate possible development of Mill 5. They have

some very good ideas. They are faced with strict time lines and they should not expect anything more. This is the last chance for that building. If Grow LA cannot meet the time line or doesn’t secure the needed investors, the building needs to come down! Any last words? I appreciate the support that I have received over the past four years as a City Councilor. I hope to continue to serve the community. I will serve as I always have with one goal to try and make decisions that are best for the community.

City Council — Ward 7
Michael Lachance
Office Sought: Lewiston City Council, Ward 7 Home Street Address: 183 Rosedale St. Campaign Phone Number: (207)333-7050 Campaign Email Address: mike@lachance2013.com Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MikeLachance2013 Twitter Account: @Lachance2013 Occupation or primary source of income: Design/Marketing/Production at Neokraft Signs since 2006. Owner of Central Maine Photo Services (Photo restoration film scanning, printing etc.) Education: High School Diploma (1987) majoring in Photography & Publication Production. Associates Degree / Specialized Technology (1993) Drafting & Computer Aided Design Family: Married 10 years this upcoming May. Father of two children ages 18 and 6. Public offices sought or held? Seeking City Council Ward 7 seat. Currently a full member of the Lewiston Zoning Board of Appeals. Ice breakers What is your favorite food?
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I am a culinary adventurist, but for some reason still haven't found Brussels Sprouts to be appetizing. Maine comfort foods seem to be my weakness. Cretons, Toutaires, Baked Beans, Salmon Pie, Indian Pudding, all of which I enjoy making from scratch... and of course Moxie. What is your favorite movie? While I do not have a "favorite" movie, I do have a rather long list of great films I enjoy, mostly classic stuff. Check the Facebook page if this is of interest. What is your favorite book? "Wings of Morning", by Thomas Childers. One of the best researched non-fiction books ever written. Look it up! What is the best political advice you have received? Listen to your constituents! No Question there. What Maine political figure do you admire most? Percival Baxter. No one else in Maine history has ever given (or could ever give) so much to the people of Maine than he did. We need more Baxters. Local politics

What has Mayor Robert Macdonald done during the past two years that you agree with? What has he done that you disagree with? Both Mayoral Candidates have a record as Lewiston Mayor. Larry Gilbert's approach to issues is to try "Smiling" problems away. Bob Macdonald has shown a propensity to dive at Lewiston's problems like a kamikaze pilot. The problem with "Smilin' Larry's" approach is that problems are not solved, only emboldened. The problem with "Banzai Bob Macdonald's" approach is that the problem is hit, sometimes hard, sometimes even sunk, but done so in a manner of near selfdestruction or sacrifice. One way or another we could argue that if nothing else Bob Macdonald actually confronts problems. What has the city council done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? Approving the RMP recommendation of tearing down Bates #5 was the right thing to do. Setting the dollars aside for its demolition was also commendable. Backtracking and then kicking the can down the road to bide time for a shady backroom deal is inexcusable. My hunch is somebody still wants a Casino. I hope my hunch is wrong. What has the city administrator and the city staff done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? The City Administrator has been doing his job well. City Staff are very skilled and know how to do their job well. However, no City Council minutes have been approved or placed on file since January 2012. This speaks volumes. There are no records available. City Hall needs to be held accountable to their administrative responsibilities and put less effort into

trying to do the job of the appointed boards and committees they serve under. And hey, how about the (34) street lights burned out (last count a week ago) on Lisbon St. between Maple and Main Streets? Anybody home at City Hall? What has the school committee done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? What should be done with Bates Mill No. 5? The city spent a huge sum of money and time to develop the Riverfront Master Plan. The conclusions were arrived at and explained at length. I participated in the process and agreed with the R.M.P. findings and recommendations completely. Now is not the time to second guess and hold out on action for fantastically unrealistic dreams or a last gasp stab at getting a Casino. Tear down Bates Mill #5 as recommended by the R.M.P. Any last words? We do ourselves a disservice by electing and reelecting passive leaders who merely watch from the sidelines as the City 'runs itself'. Let's be sure to elect leaders who will actually lead. Let's also make it clear we expect our elected and appointed officials to exercise their authority, asserting themselves before a skilled city administrative staff. In speaking with so many residents of Ward 7, it's clear our elected representative at City Hall is not listening, or engaged. My commitment if elected is to listen, engage and act. If not for these three qualities, why do we elect our leaders? A promise is often hard to keep; a commitment however, is a state of mind. On November 5, we can choose commitment or complacency. Thank you to the Lewiston Sun Journal for this opportunity to speak to your readers.

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Richard Desjardins
Office Sought: Lewiston City Council, Ward 7 Home Street Address: 55 Baird Ave Campaign Phone Number: 5776315 Occupation or primary source of income: Self employed Food Service for 24 years. Education: Lewiston High School Family: Married to wife Carol for 38 years two children, Eric and Todd, and five grandchildren (and one more on the way.) Public offices sought or held? City Council 2012/2013 Ice breakers What is your favorite food? Hot dogs Local politics What has Mayor Robert Macdonald done during the past two years that you agree with? What has he done that you disagree with? What has the city council done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? I think this council has worked well together over the past two years. We have accomplished many good things for our city. We managed to keep city tax increases minimal even though we had over a million dollar revenue short fall from the state level. We worked with the economic

development department to bring in new businesses to our downtown, such as Argo marketing that will add over 200 jobs to our city. Working with code enforcement, we have cleaned up alot of unsafe buildings throughout the city. At the request of landlords the parking bans have been changed to allow parking on the streets during winter months, and although we were not able to get full curb side spring cleanup back, we did increase hours at the landfill to give people better access to it . So in conclusion, we as a council were able to keep our city services and keep the tax increase minimal. What has the city administrator and the city staff done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? What has the school committee done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? What should be done with Bates Mill No. 5? 100 percent of the people would like to see it be rehabbed sooner then later, and if it does not happen a large percentage would like to see it knocked down including myself. Any last words? I ran for council two years age to represent the constituents of ward 7. In doing so, I consistently work for maintaining and increasing services that the tax payers pay for. The majority of the time I vote the way my constituents want. I do my best to work for the people of ward7 and all residents of Lewiston.

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School Committee — at large
Cindy Mendros
Office Sought: Lewiston School Committee, at large Home Street Address: 135 Hogan Road Campaign Phone Number: 207 332-4768 Campaign Email Address: techtrauma@gmail.com Occupation or primary source of income: Mother of two small children. Full time student. Education: Brunswick High School; University of Maine Augusta, Information Technology, Associates Degree; Kaplan University, Business Admin, Associates Degree; Kaplan University, Information Technology, on track for BS in 2014. Family: Married to Stavros Mendros. Two children Tia and Reagan ages six and two. Civic organizations: Extreme couponing. Low carb buddies. Pilot's license from LA Airport. YMCA SCUBA certified. Ice breakers What is your favorite food? Pork pie from Grant's Bakery or Simones Hot Dogs. It's a tie. What is your favorite movie? "Amelia." What is your favorite book? "Of Mice and Men." What is the best political advice you have received? My favorite advice comes from Sir Winston Churchill who brought England, and the world through our most difficult challenge. I guess my favorite of his many great quotes is: "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." Winston Churchill What Maine political figure do you admire most? Angus King. I grew up in Brunswick and knew him before he was Governor. We need more Independent minded leaders who always vote their conscience instead of following party rhetoric. Local politics What has Mayor Robert Macdonald done during the past two years that you agree with? What has he done that you disagree with? Agree: Aggressively gone after welfare abuse. Disagree: I wish sometimes he would think before he speaks. Some of his comments have put Lewiston in a bad light. What has the city council done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? Agree: Done a good job holding the line on taxes in light of the major cuts from the state. Disagree: They passed a resolution to Congress saying that corporations should not involve themselves in the political process without even realizing that the city of Lewiston is a corporation and by sending a resolution to Congress they are involving themselves in the political process. What has the city administrator and the city staff done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? Agree: They have again begun to aggressively seek new business investment.There is nothing I can think of that I disagree with, I am running for school committee after all not city council. What has the school committee done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? Agree: They stopped the redistricting plan. We need to protect neighborhood schools. Disagree: We need to put more attention on teaching kids how to think not what to think. What should be done with Bates Mill No. 5? Anything that doesn't cost the city any more money. Any last words? My best friend, Leah Poulin served Lewiston well in this position for eight years and I hope to continue her

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good work for the children of Lewiston. I wish to bring my considerable computer and technology experience to the school committee. Not just to

advance the education of children but to improve Power School and increase parents' involvement in their child's education.

Zam Zam Mohamud
Office Sought: Lewiston School Committee, at large Home Street Address: 66 Tall Pines Drive Campaign Phone Number: 207-376-6602 Campaign Email Address:

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world," Nelson Mandela What Maine political figure do you admire most? Susan Collins, due to her accomplishments and consistency. Local politics What has Mayor Robert Macdonald done during the past two years that you agree with? What has he done that you disagree with? I appreciate Mayor Macdonald's support of Paradis Park and also that he appointed me to the school committee. His participation in the BBC documentary, on the other hand, concerns me because it brought negative publicity to our city. What has the city council done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? I am really happy with the new parking plan in downtown, the bicycle routes, altered bus routes, as well as the increase in greenspace. What has the city administrator and the city staff done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? Planapalooza was a wonderful success. The city staff also did a fantastic job in the wake of the recent fires. What has the school committee done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? I agree with the new Dingley School program for students under disciplinary action. I appreciate their adding August graduation dates. I myself helped the board pass the transformed graduation requirements, now including technological facility and soft employment skills such as public speaking and interview comportment.

zmohamud@lewistonpublicschools.org Occupation or primary source of income: CNA Education: High school, Vocational School Family: My two kids when through Lewiston public school.. Public offices sought or held? Lewiston School Committee at large. Civic organizations: I served on Lewiston Library Board; The Advisory board of the School-Based Health Centers located in the high and middle schools in Lewiston and Auburn which are operated by Community Clinical Services, a Federally Qualified Health Center, affiliated with St. Mary's Health System. I served on the Superintendent and Lewiston City Administrator Search Committee and the Mayor’s Downtown Neighborhood Task Force. Ice breakers What is your favorite food? Chill and Samosa What is your favorite movie? Julia Roberts movies; "Pretty Woman." What is your favorite book? "Fire Burn," by Irene Zarina White What is the best political advice you have received?

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What should be done with Bates Mill No. 5? I enthusiastically support Grow L-A's Five to Farm project. Why would we tear down usable space at a cost to the city when we could create a productive and lucrative public/private partnership? Indoor soccer turf is high on my list of necessary additions to the project. Having a downtown grocery store will add

to our quality of life. The proposed gym, public market and urban farm are also attractive to me. Any last words? I am running for the at large seat on the school board in order to represent the entire community of Lewiston, and that means all our children from K-12, and never forgetting about members of our Adult Education Program and also those in special ed.

School Committee — Ward 1
Linda M. Scott
Candidate did not respond.

School Committee — Ward 2
Paul St. Pierre
Office Sought :Lewiston School Committee, Ward 2 Home Street Address: 12 Ventura St. Occupation or primary source of income: Retired Education: Associate of Science Computer Information System, Laude, University of Maine at Augusta Family: I've been married for 43 years, and have two grand daughters in local schools. Public offices sought or held? This is my third consecutive run for School Committee in ward 2. Ice breakers What is the best political advice you have received? I am not in politics, and therefore I am not exposed to political advice. Local politics What has Mayor Robert Macdonald done during the past two years that you agree with? What has he done that you disagree with? What has the city council done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? Approve the school budget in a collaborative effort with the school committee. I have no disagreement with actions of city council over the past two years as my civic service is in the field of education, and I just don't have the opportunity to attend city council meetings and get involved in the extensive details of their decision making process. What has the city administrator and the city staff done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? What has the school committee done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? There are many positive accomplishments over the past two years. The school board has been very

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focused on providing the best possible education for Lewiston's youth and has been very functional in its business.The school committee has also successfully negotiated contracts with both teachers and ed techs through an interest based bargaining process. This has provided well managed gains for both the school board and our educational professionals. What should be done with Bates Mill No. 5?

Any last words? It is my opinion that on a scale of one to ten (with ten being the highest), in terms of things in life that are important to contribute to, education is a ten. It should be every school board member's primary focus at all times.

Stavros Mendros
Office Sought: Lewiston School Committee, Ward 2 Home Street Address: 135 Hogan Rd.Lewiston, Me 04240 Campaign Phone Number: 207 332-4768 Campaign Email Address: zeusstav@yahoo.com Occupation or primary source of income: Marketing consultant. Education: Lewiston High SchoolUniversity of Maine BA in English-Creative Writing Family: Son of Dr. John and Mrs Florentia Mendros. Married to Cynthia (Bucklin) Mendros. Two daughters; Florentia (Tia) and Reagan, ages six and two. Public offices sought or held?Maine Legislature 1998-2002; unanimously elected Vice-Chair of bipartisan Androscoggin county delegation 1998-2000. Candidate for U.S. Congress 2002; Lewiston City Council 2003-2007; Lewiston School Committee, representing City Council appointed by Mayors Guay and Gilbert 2006 and 2007. Civic organizations: Lewiston Finance Committee 2008 - present, chair 2009-10 and 2012-13. Greek Orthodox Church, past parish council member. Eliot Ave. Little League, past coach. Salvation Army Advisory past board member and Vice Chair. Boy Scouts, past committee member. Androscoggin Chamber of Commerce. Informed Notaries of Maine 2012-present Ice breakers What is your favorite food? Pizza What is your favorite movie? "It's a Wonderful Life." What has the city council done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? Agree: I like how Council President Cayer has succeeded in having a very diverse council, with
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What is your favorite book? "1984."

What is the best political advice you have received? "For what is a man, what has he got? If not himself, then he has naught. To say the things he truly feels and not the words of one who kneels. The record shows, I took the blows and did it my way!"- Frank Sinatra What Maine political figure do you admire most? Georgette Berube. She was a close personal and family friend and patient of my father. She always voted her conscience and put Lewiston first. Serving Lewiston with her in the 119th Legislature will always be one of the greatest experiences of my life. Local politics What has Mayor Robert Macdonald done during the past two years that you agree with? What has he done that you disagree with? Agree: Opposing the Governor's cuts to revenue sharing that cost Lewiston tax payers hundreds of thousands of dollars. Disagree: Supported raising taxes and voted to raise water rates 20 percent.

members from the far left to the far right, work as a unit in the best interest of Lewiston. They disagree without being disagreeable. Reid and Boehner could learn a thing or two from Cayer. Disagree: Voting to spend over $150,000 in city funds and supporting a project for 30 units costing $6 million or $200,000 per unit of tax payer money and doing so over the objection of the Planning Board. And, to add insult to injury, the project is getting a TIF; So they will only be paying 50 percent of the assessed tax on a project built with grant money from Maine and U.S. taxpayers. What has the city administrator and the city staff done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? Agree: Worked to keep Argo Marketing in Lewiston and helped them expand to offer more employment to Lewiston people. Disagree: Overall I am happy with the way our city administrator and staff deal with citizens. I have no major disagreements. What has the school committee done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? Agree: Protected neighborhood schools. Kids need to make friends that live near them so they can play

outside in their own neighborhood. Though it would save money to send all of our children to one giant elementary school, neighborhood schools are more valuable being all around the city. The main reason I entered this race is to protect our neighborhood schools. Disagree: I would like to see the meetings become a little more cordial and respectful of opposing ideas. What should be done with Bates Mill No. 5? Someone should put a casino there. It will drive traffic to the downtown, support local businesses, provide funding to fix the riverfront and fund a convention center (like in Bangor) and provide property tax relief for Lewiston residents all without costing the city one penny. I believed in this so strongly I put my money where my mouth was. Any last words? After getting married and having children I decided to take a break from politics for a few years to focus on my family. Now that my daughter is in first grade I would like to bring my years of experience to help make our schools the best they can be. I have always been very careful on spending and I believe coupling that skill with my desire to get the best possible education for my girls; I will bring a unique ability to maximize quality with an eye on expenses.

School Committee — Ward 3
Trinh Burpee
Office Sought: Lewiston School Committee, Ward 3 Home Street Address: 253 Pine Street, Lewiston Maine Campaign Phone Number: (207)782-4541 Campaign Email Address: trinh@albertburpee.com Occupation or primary source of income: Vice president and treasurer, Albert and Burpee Funeral Home. Education: St. Peter's Elementary School, Lewiston High School, Class of '86, attended University of Maine, Orono. Family: Married to Gerald Burpee for 25 years, two children. Daughter Alexandria, age 24, lives in Westbrook and works in Portland, son Nicholas, 17, is in his Junior year at Lewiston High School and is a Private in the U.S. Army. Public offices sought or held? First election, but served on the Planning Board from 2007 until March of 2013, when Mayor Macdonald appointed me to the School Committee to serve out the remainder of Paul Dumont's term. Civic organizations: When our daughter was young, I served as the Vice President of L/A Youth Cheering for several years, coached cheering, and was also active in girl's hockey, serving as the VP of the LHS

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Girls Hockey Booster Club. Also was active in Farwell School PTA, St. Patrick's Church Parish Council, and volunteered with the LHS Football Booster Club. Ice breakers What is your favorite food? Italian, followed closely by Vietnamese. What is your favorite movie? It is a tie: "Lord of the Rings Trilogy", and the "Godfather, I and II." What is your favorite book? "The Bonesetter's Daughter", by Amy Tan. What is the best political advice you have received? "Don't do it!" Just kidding. A friend once told me that if you want things to change, sometimes you have to change them yourself. Just complaining isn't enough, change requires commitment. What Maine political figure do you admire most? From the past? James Longley. While a Democrat, I've always respected independents who can get things done. Of current Maine politicians, Angus King for the same reasons as Longley, and Mike Michaud. My family has strong ties to the military, and through our business we often see people who need help with veteran's services. We refer them to Michaud's office, and he always goes the extra mile for them.

Local politics What has Mayor Robert Macdonald done during the past two years that you agree with? What has he done that you disagree with? What has the city council done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? What has the city administrator and the city staff done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? What has the school committee done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? What should be done with Bates Mill No. 5? Any last words? I'm not running for the School Committee in order to grind political axes. On the committee, my only concern is the quality of education in Lewiston, not scoring political points or pushing pet causes. I feel that if you want a better future for Lewiston, the best thing you can do is work to improve our schools, and the only way to do that requires you to work with Democrats, Republicans, and independents.

School Committee — Ward 4
James R. Handy
Office Sought:Lewiston School Committee, Ward 4 Home Street Address: A lifelong native Lewistonian:9 Maplewood Road Campaign Phone Number: 207784-5595 Campaign Email Address: JRHandy@megalink.net Occupation or primary source of income: Customer Satisfaction at L.L.Bean, Inc. Education: Attended Lewiston Public Schools, K-12Graduated from Lewiston High School, 1972; Graduated from the Maine School of Broadcasting, 1974; University of Southern Maine – Bachelor of Arts degree in political science; graduated cum laude (with honors) with significant course work in communications, history, and theatre, 1980. Family: 3rd Generation Polish-American born in Lewiston in 1954 to working class parents. My father

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was a postal worker and my mother worked in show and textile mills. I have a brother and a twin sister. My spouse is Sharon Deveau and we were married in 1983. We are the parents of three children; all of whom attended Lewiston Public Schools and are college graduates. We have a new family addition. She is a welsh corgi-fox terrier mix named Brûlée. She is a dog my son rescued from a hoarder in Tennessee. Public offices sought or held? I served in the Maine House (1982-1992) and the Maine Senate (1992-1994). I was appointed to the Education, Aging Retirement and Veterans, and Legal Affairs Committees. I was the Chairperson of the Labor Committee and the Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Childhood Education. I am completing 16 years as a member of the Lewiston School Committee (1998 to present) where I am currently the Chairperson. Civic organizations: Literacy Volunteers – Androscoggin, Board of Directors, Chair (2013present), Vice Chair (2012-2013), 2011 – present; American Red Cross Whole Blood and Platelet donor, 1980 -present; Share Our Strength Southern Maine/Taste of the Nation-No Kid Hungry, 2010 – 2011; Lewiston High School Music Association, Corresponding Secretary and Newsletter Editor, 2004 – present; Farwell Elementary School, Violence Prevention Coordinating Committee, 2009 – 2011; LA/Arts, Board of Directors, 2009 – 2010; Lewiston Recreation Department, Volunteer Basketball Coach 4th, 5th and 6th grade co-ed team, 2002 – 2009; Healthy Androscoggin Board of Directors, 2004 – 2009; Chair, 2005 – 2009- Pettingill (Geiger) School Building Committee, 2005 – 2009; Farwell School Building Committee, 2002 – 2007. Ice breakers What is your favorite food? Pierogi, beet soup, pasta, duck. What is your favorite movie? - “To Kill a Mocking Bird”- “Norma Rae”- “Help!”- “The Last Waltz”- “The Godfather” series What is your favorite book? These books, among many others, have influenced my life:- "The Liberators: America's Witnesses to the Holocaust: by Michael Hirsh; "Revolution in the Head: The Beatles' Records and the Sixties" by Ian MacDonald; "The

Global Achievement Gap: Why Even Our Best Schools Don't Teach the New Survival Skills Our Children Need--and What We Can Do About It" by Tony Wagner; "Behind the Mask: My Double Life in Baseball" by Dave Pallone; "No Future Without Forgiveness" by Bishop Desmond Tutu; "A Bintel Brief: Sixty Years of Letters from the Lower East Side to the Jewish Daily Forward" by Isaac Metzker; "The Federalist Papers" ( summaries of 85 articles and essays) written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay promoting the ratification of the United States Constitution. What is the best political advice you have received? - “Regard your role as a public official as one of an educator.” What Maine political figure do you admire most? Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, I admire Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain for his incredible courage in 1862 to leave his post as a Bowdoin College professor, and travel to the Augusta to offer his services to the Union Army in the civil War. He later served as governor of Maine. - Gerry Talbot. I had the honor of meeting Gerry when I was on the staff of the Clerk’s office of the Maine House of Representatives. Later, we serve as colleagues in the Maine House. Gerry was often described as "the conscience of the House." We worked together on civil and human rights legislation. I have admired Gerry because he always had a focus on the practical impact of laws and policies on the neediest of Mainers. - Louis Jalbert, Lewiston’s own Louis Jalbert. Louis and I met at a campaign rally for Senator Edmund Muskie. Upon graduation from high school I sought a position with the staff of the Maine House of Representatives. I approached Louis seeking his recommendation for the job. He said he would make the recommendation only if I would make a commitment to him for me to go to college. I made that commitment — not knowing if I could really do it — because up to that point I had been told that I was not “college material.” He was the first and only person who ever had that faith in me. That was inspiring for me. If it were not for him, I would not have gone to college and graduated with honors from the University of Southern Maine. Local politics

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What has Mayor Robert Macdonald done during the past two years that you agree with? What has he done that you disagree with? I was pleased he supported the school budget. I disagree with his unending focus on the negative and his personal attack on my family. What has the city council done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? I was pleased they supported the school budget. What has the city administrator and the city staff done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? Mr. Barrett and Ms. Hunter, the city Finance Director has worked closely with the Superintendent and the School Committee in budget development and collaboration in consolidating school and city services. They exceeded my expectations. What has the school committee done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? The School Committee's wise use of taxpayer money that allowed committee to turn over additional funds

to the city to help with reducing the tax rate; strong support of arts education in challenging budget times when other districts were eliminating those programs; strong support of LRTC programs and; adoption of a new and innovative Teacher and Administrator Professional Evaluation system that focuses on excellence, and; adoption of relevant high school graduation requirements. What should be done with Bates Mill No. 5? n/a Any last words? I grew up in a time when “conventional learners” were separated from those students who learned in different ways and boys could not take home economics. I know what it's like to be on the outside looking in as far as school is concerned. But I was able to overcome those challenges and attend college as a non-traditional student. I can honestly say that getting a college degree changed my life and enabled me to make a contribution to my community and state. I worked my way through college as a DJ and clothing salesperson in downtown Lewiston. I am Rock ‘n Roll fan and Beatles aficionado, I love to cook and gardening is a passionate avocation.

School Committee — Ward 6
Dawn Hartill
Office Sought: Lewiston School Committee, Ward 6 Home Street Address: 75 Summit Ave. Campaign Phone Number: 207333-8112 Campaign Email Address: Dawncoub@gmail.com Occupation or primary source of income: CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor); IT Regulatory Governance Analyst, AVP at TD Bank, NA. Education: Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, Tennessee Temple University, Chattanooga, Tennessee. Family: Married and mother of three boys, ages 12, 14, and 17. Public offices sought or held? First time I have thrown my hat in the ring. Civic organizations: Former Member of Martel Elementary School PTO (11 years); Former Martel Elementary School Yearbook Advisor (3 years); Member of Lewiston Middle School PTO; Member of ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control

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Association); Member of IIA (Institute of Internal Auditors). Ice breakers What is your favorite food? Cheesecake. Anyway, shape, or form: Cheesecake. What is your favorite movie? "That Thing You Do" What is your favorite book? "Little Women." What is the best political advice you have received? "Listen more, talk less" What Maine political figure do you admire most? George Mitchell because of his role to reauthorize the Clean Air Act in 1990 and pass the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Also, under his leadership, the Senate approved the North American Free Trade Agreement. As a Maine political figure, his legacy has made quite an impression on me. Local politics What has Mayor Robert Macdonald done during the past two years that you agree with? What has he done that you disagree with?

What has the city council done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? What has the city administrator and the city staff done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? What has the school committee done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? I believe that the Lewiston School Committee has worked very hard over the past two years. They had a very difficult task during this past year with the proposed redistricting plan in Lewiston and they listened to feedback before making any decisions. What should be done with Bates Mill No. 5? I'm not sure what should be done with Bates Mill No. 5, but something needs to be done sooner than later. Either knock it down or re-purpose it, but DO SOMETHING. Any last words? As a mother of three, I have had at least one child in the Lewiston School system every year for the past 12 years. I have a vested interest in the schools in Lewiston and I believe that being involved is the best way to help ensure that all students are given the education they deserve.

Matthew P. Roy
Office Sought: Lewiston School Committee, Ward 6 Home Street Address: 357 Randall Road Campaign Phone Number: 207-240-4391 Campaign Email Address: matthewproy@gmail.com Occupation or primary source of income: Food Service/Receiver Education: BS, Business Administration/Accounting Public offices sought or held? This campaign will be the first time I have run for public office. Civic organizations: Young Professionals of the Lewiston Auburn Area

Ice breakers What is your favorite food? I do not have a favorite food, like most I enjoy to take in many foods. What is the best political advice you have received? No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care. What Maine political figure do you admire most? Margaret Chase Smith. I admire Senator Smith because of her "Declaration of Conscience." speech.

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Local politics What has Mayor Robert Macdonald done during the past two years that you agree with? What has he done that you disagree with? What has the city council done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? What has the city administrator and the city staff done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with? What has the school committee done during the past two years that you agree with? What have they done that you disagree with?

The School Committee has done a great job giving students the opportunity to gain college credit while in high school. The way the Committee went along with to redistrict the elementary schools, I disagree with. What should be done with Bates Mill No. 5? I agree with the Riverfront Island Master Plan with regard to Bates Mill No. 5. Due to the size of Mill No. 5, most uses are not sustainable. Any last words? I am running for the School Committee to bring the voice of a new generation to local government. As my generation, will bear the burden going forth, we should start taking an active part with regards to local governance.

School Committee — Ward 7
Tom Shannon
Candidate did not respond.

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State Bond Issues
Question 1: $14 million bond for Maine Army National Guard
Do you favor a $14 million bond issue to provide funds for the State's share of maintenance, repair, capital improvement, modernization and energy efficiency projects for Maine Army National Guard readiness centers and support facilities and the purchase of land for training and to draw down federal matching funds?

Question 2: $15.5 million bond for University of Maine facilities
Do you favor a $15.5 million bond issue to enhance educational and employment opportunities for Maine citizens and students by updating and improving existing laboratory and classroom facilities of the University of Maine System statewide?

Question 3: $100 million bond for transportation facilities and equipment
Do you favor a $100 million bond issue for reconstruction and rehabilitation of highways and bridges and for facilities or equipment related to ports, harbors, marine transportation, freight and passenger railroads, aviation and transit, to be used to match an estimated $154,000,000 in federal and other funds?

Question 4: $4.5 million bond for Maine Maritime Academy science facility
Do you favor a $4.5 million bond issue to provide funds for a public-private partnership for a building project for a new science facility at the Maine Maritime Academy to be matched by other funds?

Question 5: $15.5 million bond for Maine Community College system.
Do you favor a $15.5 million bond issue to upgrade buildings, classrooms and laboratories on the 7 campuses of the Maine Community College System in order to increase capacity to serve more students through expanded programs in health care, precision machining, information technology, criminal justice and other key programs?

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