October 24, 2011

Biddeford's Ballot

In addition to electing a mayor, Biddeford residents will choose councilors and school committee members.

A total of 23 candidates are running for City Council seats. Wards 2, 4 and 6 are uncontested.

Seven candidates are running for seven seats on the school committee, but only six will be elected. City Clerk Carmen Morris said that while the school committee is elected at-large, only two people from a single ward can be elected.

Also on the ballot are uncontested races for ward clerk and warden and a referendum on whether to create a charter commission. Voters will also vote for ward representatives for the charter commission.

 

COUNCIL RACES

• WARD 1

MIKE SWANTON

PARTY AFFILIATION: unenrolled

AGE: 59

ADDRESS: 110 Old Pool Road

PERSONAL: N/A

EDUCATION: Biddeford High School, Class of 1970

OCCUPATION: plumber

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: none

TOP THREE PRIORITIES: I don’t have an agenda. I just want to take care of the city business in a sensible, cost-effective way.

 

DONALD FURMAN

PARTY AFFILIATION: unenrolled

AGE: 62

ADDRESS: 20 Elizabeth Road

PERSONAL: married; one daughter

EDUCATION: Juris doctor; post doctorate; master's in tax law at Boston University

OCCUPATION: lawyer

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: currently appointed to serve on the Biddeford Zoning Board of Appeals and the Biddeford-Saco River Corridor Commission

EMAIL: don@fgd-law.com

TOP THREE PRIORITIES: 1) fiscal responsibility AND accountability; 2) responsible business development; and 3) responsible conservation of the environment, particularly within Ward 1.

 

SUZANNE SEXTON

PARTY AFFILIATION: Decline to state

AGE: 62

ADDRESS: 158 Guinea Road

PERSONAL: married, two children, three grandchildren

OCCUPATION: Saco Wastewater Treatment Plant administrative assistant

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Wastewater Commission; Downtown Development Commission; Planning Board

TOP THREE PRIORITIES: 1) reform and restructure welfare to a workfare; 2) budget cuts to reduce spending and get a grip on property taxes; and 3) fill empty store fronts to revitalize downtown and bring jobs to Biddeford.

 

• WARD 2 - uncontested

DAVID BOURQUE

PARTY AFFILIATION: Decline to state

AGE: 55

ADDRESS: 30 Decary Road

PERSONAL: wife Diane; daughter Desiree and son Daniel

OCCUPATION: communications

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: current city councilor; policy committee; waste water committee; environmental committee; social services committee

EMAIL: dbourque@biddefordmaine.org

TOP THREE PRIORITIES: 1) strive to negotiate the best deal for Biddeford when it comes to the racino 2) continue to advocate buy local and local jobs to improve local economy; and 3) bringing Saco and Biddeford together in the effort to make our sister communities more efficient governmentally and stronger economically.

 

• Ward 3

BRADLEY COTE

PARTY AFFILIATION:  Democrat

AGE:  30

ADDRESS:  349 Granite St.

PERSONAL: wife Lori and two daughters Emma, 2, and Grace, 1.

EDUCATION:  bachelor’s degree in elementary education and psychology Saint Michael’s College

OCCUPATION:  Internal Audit Consultant at IDEXX Laboratories

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: none

WEBSITEwww.bradcote.com

TOP THREE PRIORITIES: 1) ensuring that Biddeford realizes all of the possible benefits of the proposed racino, considering all aspects of the project, including the negotiation process, and getting job creation and benefits promised in writing to ensure it becomes reality; 2) implementing a curbside recycling program; and 3) maintaining the Biddeford Airport at its current usage without expansion or the accommodation of larger aircraft.


ROLAND PELLETIER

PARTY AFFILIATION: Decline to state

AGE: 62

ADDRESS: 4 Dechene Ave.

PERSONAL: wife Valerie, daughter Melissa, sons Brian and Mikel and four grandsons

EDUCATION: Biddeford High School, Class of 1967; associate’s degree in business management from Columbia College in Missouri

OCCUPATION: retired U.S. Army and full-time grandparent

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: two terms City Charter Commission; 12 years on School Policy Committee; 12 years on School Transportation Committee

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