AUGUSTA — A contested race for mayor — pitting former longtime city councilor and school board chairman Mark O’Brien against current At-Large City Councilor Marci Alexander — will top a November election ballot that also has contested races for City Council and school board seats.

Mark O’Brien, a former longtime city councilor and school board chairman, is one of two individuals running to be the next mayor of Augusta. Contributed photo

O’Brien has served a total of five terms on the City Council, including a stint as interim mayor, and six terms on the Augusta school board, including time as chairperson.

At-Large Councilor Marci Alexander, seen in January 2020, is one of two individuals running to be the next mayor of Augusta. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal file

Alexander is completing her second term as an at-large councilor.

The two will square off to fill the mayor’s seat that is currently held by David Rollins, who is not seeking reelection.

In addition to the mayoral race, there will be three other contested races on the Nov. 2 Election Day ballot.

A three-way race for Alexander’s at-large spot on the council will feature three newcomers to city politics: Abigail St. Valle, Joshua Lilley and Scott Milewski.

Incumbent Ward 2 City Councilor Kevin Judkins will face a challenge for that seat from newcomer Alyssa Wingate.

Three residents took out papers seeking election to either of two at-large spots on the Augusta Board of Education. Incumbents Pia Holmes and Kevin Lamoreau will vie against challenger Sergei Chaparin for the two spots. The top two vote-getters among them would win the two positions, according to Augusta City Clerk Kelly Gooldrup.

No candidates returned papers to be on the ballot to run for a vacant Ward 3 seat on the Board of Education, leaving the spot to potentially be filled by a write-in candidate.

All the city and school government positions up for election Nov. 2 are three-year terms, expiring in December 2024.


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