Sunday, December 8, 2013
In addition to electing a new mayor, Saco residents will elect councilors for all seven wards. Ward 7 has the only contested race.
Four candidates are vying for two four-year terms on the Regional School Unit 23 board of directors.
• Ward 1 - uncontested
DAVID TRIPP did not respond
• Ward 2 - uncontested
LESLIE TRIPP JR. did not respond
• Ward 3 - uncontested
ADDRESS: 75 Clark St.
PERSONAL: two daughters; one son
EDUCATION: bachelor’s in business administration from Westbrook College
POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: one term as councilor
TOP THREE PRIORITIES: 1) keep property taxes from increasing; 2) revitalizing Saco’s Main Street; and 3) affordable housing for seniors and low income citizens.
• Ward 4 - uncontested
PARTY AFFILIATION: independent
ADDRESS: 6 Ocean View
PERSONAL: married; two grown children
EDUCATION: master’s in education administration
POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: none
TOP THREE PRIORITIES: 1) keep Saco focused during hard economic times to maintain a balanced and clear direction for the city; 2) help Saco River and Camp Ellis Shore Damage Mitigation Project become a reality; and 3) work with Regional School Unit 23 to assure education standards stay high.
• Ward 5 - uncontested
PARTY AFFILIATION: Democrat
ADDRESS: 249 Lincoln St.
PERSONAL: retired Saco Police Officer
EDUCATION: graduate of Thornton Academy; some college
OCCUPATION: Prudential Prime Properties associate broker
POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: over 21 years on city council
TOP THREE PRIORITIES: 1) continue to hold taxes down; 2) deal with RSU 23 for better management; and 3) continue to give quality service to residents and still control spending.
• Ward 6 - uncontested
PARTY AFFILIATION: Democrat
ADDRESS: 260 Beach St.
PERSONAL: married to Dorothy-Rae Cote and one son Ben
EDUCATION: graduate of Thornton Academy; Colby College; law degree from the New England School of Law
POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: 18 years on city council and four years as mayor
TOP THREE PRIORITIES: 1) reduce city’s use of fossil fuels and convert to renewable energy; 2) affordable housing; and 3) maintain high quality of service to the public.
• Ward 7 - contested
PARTY AFFILIATION: Republican
ADDRESS: 51 Nott St.
PERSONAL: wife Karen Lovell, two children, three grandchildren
EDUCATION: accounting, University of Southern Maine
OCCUPATION: accounting and computer systems management
POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: city council since 2007; Maine Municipal Association executive committee member; Strategy and Finance Committee; Legislative Policy Committee
TOP THREE PRIORITIES: 1) careful analysis in financing municipal operations and public services; 2) economic development to maintain current programs without tax increase; and 3) promote participatory government through soliciting citizen comments and participation.
PARTY AFFILIATION: Independent
ADDRESS: 7 Elm St
PERSONAL: single; no children
EDUCATION: graduate Thornton Academy; six years in the United States Marine Corps.
OCCUPATION: Vic & Whit’s Sandwich and Wine Shop
POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: served multiple campaigns and board member on the Saco Fire Station Ad hoc Committee
TOP THREE PRIORITIES: 1) address the finances of the city, which has used the reserve funds over the past four years; 2) aggressively pursue companies to fill our industrial parks, promote our downtown as a place for small businesses and work with Biddeford to unite these cities; and 3) education is the single most important thing a community can provide to youth, the city needs to continue to work with RSU 23 to see this union work.
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