By Tony Zeli, Editor
Spencer Thibodeau says he will seek re-election for the District 2 City Council seat. The district includes the West End, Parkside, St. John Valley, and Oakdale neighborhoods. Thibodeau is serving the third and final year of his first term in office.
During his first term, Thibodeau successfully pushed for live streaming of Council meetings. He chaired the Sustainability Committee and passed the pesticide ban. Also, he successfully got funding put in the Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) for the city’s first protected bike lanes – appearing along Park Avenue as soon as this summer.
There are many tough issues coming up for the next District 2 councilor. The Maine Medical Center expansion will impact the neighborhoods of this district more than any other. The working waterfront is developing quickly and with much controversy. In addition, Thibodeau notes challenges such as the upcoming property re-valuation and a planned major update to zoning code.
A campaign kick-off will be held Wednesday, May 30, at 5:30 p.m. at Little Tap House (106 High Street). Everyone is welcome.
As of posting, no other candidate has announced for the seat. Nomination paperwork to run for City office becomes available in July. The election will be in November.