WATERVILLE — City Democrats are scheduled to nominate candidates for mayor, City Council, Board of Education and other positions Sunday at the Waterville City Democratic Committee Caucus.

The caucus will be held at 6 p.m. at Waterville Senior High School.

Former City Councilor Steve Aucoin, 67, said Wednesday that he hopes to be nominated Sunday as a Democratic candidate for mayor. If nominated, he will face Republican mayoral candidate Nick Isgro, 32, in the Nov. 4 election. Isgro is controller for Skowhegan Savings Bank. Aucoin is maintenance director for Alfond Youth Center.

Mayor Karen Heck, who ran for mayor as an unenrolled candidate, has said she will not seek re-election to a second term.

Positions up for grabs are city councilors and school board members in wards 2, 4, and 6; two citywide seats on the Kennebec Water District Board of Trustees; wardens and ward clerks in wards 2, 4, and 6; ward clerk in Ward 1; wardens and ward clerks, wards 3 and 5; and warden and ward clerk in Ward 7.

Three members of the city council who were elected as Democrats are up for reelection. All three are seeking another term, but only two are seeking the Democratic nomination.

Councilors Erik Thomas, D-Ward 4, and Dana Bushee, D-Ward 6 are candidates for the Democratic nomination. Councilor Edward Lachowicz of Ward 2, elected as a Democrat, is running again, but won’t seek the party’s nomination.

Lachowicz said Tuesday that he recently left the Democratic party because of differences with party leadership and will seek re-election as an unenrolled candidate.

Lachowicz was active in the Democratic party; he is a former vice chairman and treasurer of the Democratic County Committee, a former Democratic state committee member and former vice chairman of the Waterville Democratic City Committee.

Jibryne Karter III has returned petition papers to the city clerk’s office, seeking to run as an unenrolled candidate for the Ward 6 council position now held by Bushee, Deputy city Clerk Joyce Tillson confirmed Wednesday. She said Nathaniel White submitted a formal letter to the clerk’s office announcing his intent to run for the Ward 2 council seat as an unenrolled candidate, but has not yet returned signed petition papers.

She noted that people are not officially candidates until they return their papers and signatures are verified.

Pat Roy has said he plans to run for the Ward 2 council seat. While he is a registered Republican, he said he chose not to seek nomination through the caucus process; rather, he will seek petition signatures and run with no party affiliation next to his name on the ballot.

Democrat Lionel “Lee” Cabana, says he will not seek re-election to his Ward 2 seat on the school board, where he served 17 years, 16 as chairman. However, school board members Maryanne Bernier, D-Ward 4, and Elizabeth Bickford, D-Ward 6, have said they plan to seek re-election.

At the recent Republican City Committee caucus, at which Isgro was nominated for mayor, Zack Bickford was nominated to run for the Ward 2 council seat and Sidney Mayhew was nominated to oppose Thomas run for the Ward 4 council seat. Herb Oliver was nominated to run for warden in Ward 5 and Carol Blier was nominated to run for warden in Ward 4.

Republicans and Democrats nominated at party caucuses for council and school board must submit petition signatures and formal declaration of candidacy letters to the city clerk’s office before 4:30 p.m. Sept. 4. They must file at least 25 but not more than 50 valid signatures from residents who are registered voters in the ward in which they seek the position.

Mayoral candidates must submit at least 15 but not more than 25 signatures from each city ward, and file a declaration letter designating the position sought. Petition papers are available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the clerk’s office; they also will be available at Sunday’s caucus.

The deadline for submitting nomination petitions them with the required signatures to run as an unenrolled candidate is 4:30 p.m. Sept. 4. Registered Republicans and Democrats not wanting to go through the caucus process but who file papers to run as independents will appear on the ballot, but their names will not be accompanied by an R or D on the November ballot.

Amy Calder — 861-9247

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Twitter: @AmyCalder17

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