October 24, 2011

Biddeford's Ballot

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WEBSITE: www.rolandpelletier.com

TOP THREE PRIORITIES: 1) get the best racino deal for the city; 2) correct taxes and fees; and 3) be proactive by supporting the school committee to maintain our school buildings to avod another BHS $38 million crisis.




AGE: 63

ADDRESS: 24 Marion Ave.

PERSONAL: married; two children; four grandchildren

EDUCATION: St. Andre’s High School graduate

OCCUPATION: former employee of WestPoint now at SMMC


EMAIL: dotcook@maine.rr.com

TOP THREE PRIORITIES: 1) to try to find a way to get jobs in this area; 2) try to control taxes; and 3) try to make each department accountable for everything.


• WARD 4 - uncontested



AGE: 36

ADDRESS: 11 Free St.

PERSONAL: Southern Maine resident since 1999; Biddeford homeowner for two years, living with yellow labrador retriever Sandy

EDUCATION: master’s in business education, focus on training and development, Southern New Hampshire University; bachelor’s degree in anthropology and sociology Plymouth State University

OCCUPATION: hotel management

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: campaign volunteer since 1992; current member of planning board

WEBSITE: “Vote Melissa Bednarowski Ward 4 City Councilor” on Facebook

EMAIL: melissa4council@gmail.com

TOP THREE PRIORITIES: 1) approach city development as a whole and not its parts; 2) create a friendly city for business, thus creating jobs; and 3) encourage constituent involvement.

• WARD 5



AGE: 46

ADDRESS: 22 Graham St.

PERSONAL: wife Heather Mills for six years and sons Trenton, 9, and Cooper, 2.

EDUCATION: bachelor’s from Texas Wesleyan University; master’s Liberty University.

OCCUPATION: Advantage Sales & Marketing

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: four years on City Council, one term on city charter commission; present chair of the city Finance Committee and chair of Policy.

WEBSITE: www.millsofmaine.us

EMAIL: springridge2004@yahoo.com

TOP THREE PRIORITIES: 1) attracting a wave of new businesses to Biddeford, to bring jobs and revenue streams back to our community; 2) more support for social service agencies and food pantries; and 3) continuing work as chairman of the policy committee, which having served this position for the past two years, the committee has recommended 32 revisions to ordinances and 28 were approved by council.




AGE: 46

ADDRESS: 41 Franklin St.

EDUCATION: bachelor’s degree in art

OCCUPATION: self-employed graphic designer and executive director of arts nonprofit


WEBSITE: tammyackerman.com

TOP THREE PRIORITIES: 1) broaden our tax base by working to create a climate favorable for business, but with smart growth in mind; 2) work toward an alternative solution for MERC; and 3) instilling pride and excitement into the residents of the city by showing them their city through new eyes – I see such potential, so many good people working toward common goals, and great infrastructure and location.



AGE: 55

ADDRESS: 10  Birch St.

PERSONAL: widowed; daughter Megan

EDUCATION: some college

OCCUPATION: unemployed; licensed practical nurse


EMAIL: megcarus@yahoo.com

TOP THREE PRIORITIES: 1) It would be to get jobs back into Biddeford; 2) try to make Biddeford THE city to visit/live in – Bring Back Biddeford to Biddeford; and 3) day care for people who have no affordable day care and a shelter for the homeless.


• WARD 6 - uncontested

RICHARD LAVERRIERE did not respond to requests for information.


• WARD 7



AGE:  65

ADDRESS: 11 Plymouth Drive


EDUCATION: registered nurse; bachelor’s degree in education

OCCUPATION: medical review nurse

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: member of the school board at St. Mary’s School in Biddeford

TOP THREE PRIORITIES: 1) Procuring businesses to produce jobs for the unemployed citizens of Biddeford by inviting businesses into the city and maintain taxes at the current rate or lowered; 2) expanding the city’s services so as to concentrate on reducing welfare and initiating a committee to work on a project such as “Workfare” for individuals receiving welfare; and 3) working on the problems associated with education deficits in the city by hiring qualified teachers.

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