WATERVILLE — City Democrats on Monday night nominated Mayor Dana W. Sennett as their candidate for mayor in the November election.
Sennett, who was elected mayor June 14, serves until the end of the year in his current position. Whomever is elected mayor Nov. 8 will take office in January and serve three years.
Sennett, an advertising representative for the Morning Sentinel, will face Republican candidate Andrew G. Roy, a self-employed disc jockey and newcomer to the political scene, in the November election.
Roy was chosen last week by city Republicans as their mayoral candidate; he also was chosen as the Republican City Committee chairman.
Sennett beat Roy in the June 14 mayoral election, 557-123. Sennett was council chairman at the time and had been a city councilor representing Ward 4 for 15 years.
About 75 people turned out Monday in the council chambers for the Democratic City Committee caucus.
Erik Thomas, who was appointed by the council last month to succeed Sennett as city councilor in Ward 4, was nominated Monday to run for that seat in November.
Thomas, who has been Democratic City Committee chairman, announced that he would not continue in that position because of other obligations. Peter Madigan was elected Tuesday to succeed Thomas as chairman.
Madigan also was chosen caucus chairman Monday; Edward Lachowicz was elected vice chairman; Rosemary Winslow was elected secretary; and Thomas, treasurer.
Thomas nominated Sennett to be the mayoral candidate in November.
“Thank you!” Sennett said after Democrats nominated him by a show of hands. He received a round of applause.
“This shows great support for not only Democrats of the City of Waterville, but also for me, personally,” Sennett said afterward.
Incumbent Kennebec Water District Trustee Joan Sanzenbacher was nominated Monday to run for  re-election to her position in November. Sanzenbacher, who is president of the board, has served two 3-year terms. No candidates were chosen to be the second Democrat on the ballot for Kennebec Water District trustee. Sanzenbacher said Democrats are looking for one more candidate to serve on that 10-member board.
She said being a trustee is a commitment, as members meet at 7:30 a.m., twice a month.
Newcomer Lisa Evans was nominated for the Ward 6 Board of Education seat to be vacated by Thomas Tilton, who has chosen not to seek re-election.
Evans said she is pleased to have been nominated.
“I have school-aged children and decided that I wanted to get involved in the School Board so I know more about the issues facing our schools, through the high school years,” Evans said afterward. “And I’d like to feel that I can make a difference in our children’s education…”
City Councilor George Myers Jr., D-Ward 2, was nominated to run for re-election to his seat; Board of Education Chairman Lionel “Lee” A. Cabana, D-Ward 2, also was chosen to run for re-election.
In Ward 4, Board of Education member Maryanne Bernier was selected to run for re-election.
City Councilor Eliza Mathias, D-Ward 6, was chosen to run again for her council seat; Joan Hallee was selected to run again as ward clerk in Ward 6; and newcomer Heather Merrow was nominated to run for warden in that ward.
Warden and ward clerk candidates are still needed in wards 2 and 4.
 State Rep. Thomas Longstaff, D-Waterville, said he was happy to see so many people turn out for Monday’s caucus and he urged people to attend the caucus in January to help take back seats in both the House and Senate.

Amy Calder — 861-9247
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