January 21, 2020

Millinocket to hold candidates forum

MILLINOCKET – Town Council and school committee candidates will air their views and plans at the Katahdin Area Rotary Club’s Candidates Night forum at Stearns High School on Monday, Oct. 22. The event is free and residents are invited to attend.

Club members will question the candidates on most any relevant topic, said Richard Waller, the club’s president.

“It’s all over the place,” Waller said Tuesday of the forum’s subject matter. “Generally, it will relate to their ideas and the issues affecting the town and schools.”

Expect economic development, school consolidation, and administration and community development to be key topics, Waller said.

Sponsored by Brookfield Power Co., the event begins with a reception at 5 p.m. The forum starts at 6 p.m. and lasts about three hours, Waller said. Katahdin Area Television, the area’s local access station, will tape the event for later broadcast.

Last year more than 100 people attended. The club also will hold a drawing for 100 gallons of fuel oil, with the giveaway occurring at forum’s end, Waller said.

“You have to stay until the end to get the prize,” he said.

Council Chairman Wallace Paul and Councilor David Cyr, who are seeking re-election to their three-year council seats, face challenges from Gail Fanjoy and Kathy Gagnon. Lisa Hayes, James Mingo and John Raymond are competing for one open two-year council seat on the seven-member council that was vacated by former council Chairman David Nelson, who moved to Milwaukee.

Tricia Cyr, Shelley Farrington, Kevin Gregory, Michael Jewers and Michelle Park seek two three-year school board seats in the Nov. 6 election.

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