October 24, 2011

Biddeford's Ballot

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DAVID FLOOD

PARTY AFFILIATION: Democrat

AGE: 56

ADDRESS: 36 May St.

PERSONAL: wife Carolyn and two grown children Chris and Adam

EDUCATION: bachelor’s degree in English from University of Delaware

OCCUPATION: Developer with Thread LLC, a company restoring the property at 265 Main St. in Biddeford; former weekly newspaper publisher and co-founder (with Carolyn) of the Biddeford-Saco-OOB Courier and its five sister publications

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: two years on Biddeford City Council (2007 to 2009)

EMAIL: davidcflood@yahoo.com

TOP THREE PRIORITIES: 1) councilors need to give input and set priorities on the budget before staff members create it and be better informed about what cities of comparable size are doing; 2) face this racino issue with our eyes open to assess potential impacts, best possible site, ideas on what they would have done with a gambling site if they could start over; and 3) encourage business and bring jobs to Biddeford – I like the slogan “Make it in Biddeford,” or “You can make it in Biddeford,” because it speaks to our history in the mills where so many people, including my ancestors, worked hard all their lives.

 

WILLIAM SEXTON

PARTY AFFILIATION: Republican

AGE: 38

ADDRESS: 9 Kennedy Drive

PERSONAL: N/A

EDUCATION: graduate of Thornton Academy with some college education

OCCUPATION: electronics installer

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: none

TOP THREE PRIORITIES: 1) jobs have to be our top priority period; 2) taxes – councilors need to get creative in fiding ways to pay for some bonds, to avoid layoffs and programs being cut; and 3) having business come to the area –  the racino will be a huge jump-start to relief.

 

• AT-LARGE – TWO SEATS

CHRISTOPHER H. BETJEMANN

PARTY AFFILIATION: unenrolled

AGE: 46

ADDRESS: 215 Main Street, Suite 102

PERSONAL: single; no children

EDUCATION: bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering; master’s in architecture

OCCUPATION: Architectural design/real estate development

TOP THREE PRIORITIES: 1) developing an overall plan for growth; 2) government must find ways to save money and to bring more monies into the city’s coffers while not passing on increased cost to residents; and 3) position the city to be attractive to businesses and jobs.

 

ROCH ANGERS

PARTY AFFILIATION:  Democrat

AGE: 58

ADDRESS:  26 Cathedral Oaks Drive

EDUCATION: graduate of Biddeford High School; business at Husson College

OCCUPATION: produce manager at Shaw’s Supermarkets in Sanford

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: former city councilor and council president; four years on the planning board and more than 35 years on the Economic Improvement Commission

TOP THREE PRIORITIES: 1) ensuring taxes stay where they are; 2) continue to support redevelopment and renovations of the mill district – it is the key to resurrecting the heart of Biddeford and new revenue; and 3) getting a good cross section of professionals to review and negotiate the MERC contract.

 

JAMES MCGOWAN

PARTY AFFILIATION: Democrat

AGE: 22

ADDRESS: 9 Lester B. Orcutt Blvd.

PERSONAL: Biddeford has become home over the past three years

EDUCATION: current senior at the University of New England studying political science

OCCUPATION: Student

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Undergraduate student body president, University of New England 2010-2011

WEBSITE: jamesmcgowan.org

TOP THREE PRIORITIES: 1) look at the social services we provide and start downsizing services that are no longer acting as safety nets, but welfare traps; 2) aggressively pursue and negotiate with the private business community, such as the racino and mill district developers; and 3) create a better online presence and regional dialogue in order to showcase what the city has to offer.


RICHARD RHAMES

PARTY AFFILIATION: Democrat

AGE: 66

ADDRESS: 10 West Loop Road

PERSONAL: married with adult son

EDUCATION: graduate of Biddeford High School; Albion College

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