WATERVILLE — The job of mayor and other key city positions are up for election in the fall, and party caucuses may choose Democratic and Republican candidates for the open seats soon.

Those party caucuses must be held before Aug. 9.

Elections to determine the winners of the races will be held Tuesday, Nov. 7, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Thomas College off West River Road in Waterville.

Seats up for grabs are for mayor, City Council and Waterville Board of Education in Wards 2, 4 and 6, plus two districtwide trustees for the Kennebec Water District, according to City Clerk Patti Dubois. All seats are for three-year terms, she said.

While the deadline to caucus is Aug. 9, nomination petitions must be submitted to the clerk’s office by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, Dubois said Thursday.

The Democratic caucus is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 24, at The Elm at 21 College Ave., she said. By Thursday, the Republican City Committee had not notified the clerk’s office as to when its caucus would be held. Committee Chairwoman Laurie Trefethen did not immediately return a phone message Thursday seeking that information.


Mayor Jay Coelho, a Democrat, announced in April that he will not seek a second term for his position. He ran for his first term in 2020 and took office Jan. 5, 2021.

On the City Council, Flavia DeBrito represents Ward 2; Rebecca Green, the chairwoman, represents Ward 4; and Claude Francke represents Ward 6. All are Democrats. Green and Francke said Thursday that they plan to seek reelection. DeBrito plans to seek reelection.

On the Board of Education, Greg Bazakas represents Ward 2; Maryanne Bernier, Ward 4; and Elizabeth Bickford, Ward 6. They are all Democrats. The three did not immediately respond to emails Thursday, but Chairwoman Pam Trinward said she is certain Bernier plans to run for reelection and Bazakas and Bickford do not.

Denise Bruesewitz and Sarah Whateley’s seats on the Kennebec Water District are up for grabs also and they did not immediately return emails Thursday.

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