ELLSWORTH – Five city council candidates and two school committee candidates were present at Tuesday’s “meet the candidates night” in Ellsworth.
“I believe that I have the experience to continue the road Ellsworth is on, to continue its growth, to continue its livability, to continue its workability,” said incumbent candidate Marc Blanchette.
“While we want services and projects and improvements, I‘d like a new kitchen, but that doesn’t mean I can afford it,” said Michelle Kaplan, a candidate for city council. “I decided instead of complaining, I‘d do something about it.”
At least 70 people were in attendance at the forum.
They were given a chance to submit questions for the candidates to answer.
“One thing I‘d really want to work on is making sure the city gets a good deal from Brookfield Energy with the relicensing of the two dams in the Union River,” said Robert Miller, a city council candidate.
The five candidates are vying for three open seats on city council.
“I think it’s important for the city of Ellsworth to have a diversity of voices on the city council seat,” said city council candidate Edward Kamin. “I think it’s my civic duty to do so.”
“I’m running for city council because I believe everyone should have a voice in the city of Ellsworth,” said Gene Lyons, a city council candidate. “I‘m a construction worker and I believe construction workers should have a voice too.”
Voting takes place on November 5.
To learn more about where to vote and how to register, you can go to the city’s website.