Ballot set for mayor, council elections

No bidders for council Wards 3 and 4; mayor a two-way race
By Ethan Andrews | Sep 08, 2017

Belfast — The ballot is set for Belfast mayor and city council elections in November. In a break from past years, there were no last-minute entries.

Mayor Walter Ash will try for a sixth term against challenger Samantha Paradis, who is seeking public office for the first time. The position is mostly ceremonial, as the mayor does not vote, except to break a tie on a short-staffed council. However, the post has been used in the past to shape city policy.

City Councilors Eric Sanders and Mike Hurley, from Wards 3 and 4 respectively, are running uncontested for fifth terms. Sanders and Hurley were first elected in 2009. Between them, they have been challenged only once as incumbents, in 2015 when Sanders kept his seat over Ryan Harden.

Nominations closed at 5 p.m. Sept. 7. Mayor Walter Ash's name was drawn to appear first on the ballot for the contested race. The election is Tuesday, Nov. 7.

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