Biddeford Politics

READY TO SERVE: Mike Ready returns to the council (March 6)

Following more than 30 minutes of sometimes heated and emotional commentary, the Biddeford City Council voted 7-1 to approve Mayor Alan Casavant’s nomination of Michael Ready to fill the vacant Ward 7 council seat. (Read more)

Twomey returns to politics, ready for a fight (Feb. 28)

Hoping to take back her former House seat, former mayor Joanne Twomey announces that she will challenge State Rep. Paulette Beaudoin in the June 12 Democratic Primary. (Read more)

Opinions split about who should replace councilor (Feb. 26)

Despite varying opinions about whom should be appointed to replace David Flood on the city council, most people agree that the city’s charter should be changed to allow special elections when there is more than six months remaining in a vacated council term. (Read more)

Facebook postings stir controversy at City Hall (Feb. 24)

Brian Keely, chair of the Downtown Development Commission, says there is nothing wrong about a Facebook page that bears the name of a city organization and also includes his personal political opinions and comments about other city officials. (Read more)

Mayor takes down his Facebook page (Feb. 24)

Alan Casavant abruptly shut down a Facebook page he created shortly after winning the mayor’s seat, saying the city needs to re-evaluate its policies about official social media sites amid complaints involving another city official’s web commentary. (Read more)

Laura Seaver ruled out as Flood replacement (Feb. 22)

The former member of the School Committee is not seeking a seat on the city council, despite rumors about a “short list” and her husband’s role as Mayor Alan Casavant’s campaign manager. INCLUDES VIDEO (Read More)

Extra, extra! This is fargin’ war! (Feb. 20)

David Flood’s pending departure from the Biddeford City Council and his return to the newspaper industry sets the stage for controversy and plenty of speculation. (Read more)

GOP Candidate jumps into Senate District 5 race (Feb. 20)

Tim Sevigny, a career firefighter and fan of Maine’s Clean Election law, faces an uphill battle with confidence. (Read more) 

All the young dudes (Feb. 18)

We take a closer look at two of Biddeford’s younger political operatives, Ryan Gavin and Ryan Fecteau. (Read more)

David, we hardly knew ye  (Feb. 16)

Biddeford City Councilor David Flood announces his resignation from the council and his plans to return to the newspaper business. Read more

The Republicans are coming  (Feb. 15)

Kevin Rheaume of Kennebunk takes out nomiation papers as a GOP candidate Maine Senate District 4. Read more

Should I stay or should I go?

The Biddeford City Council takes up the weighty issues of ethics, trash disposal and recycling. Learn how one of the city’s most intelligent and eloquent residents may have shaped the future and direction of city policy. Read more

Color me bad

The new city council finallly gets down to business but not without some lively — if only imaginary – – debate. Read More

Burnin’ down the house

Another Dutremble enters the city’s political arena. Meet David Dutremble, a career firefighter who’s banking on his family’s political legacy and Maine’s Clean Elections fund for a shot at the State Senate District 4 seat being vacated by Nancy Sullivan. Read More

Street fighting man

It’s hard to keep a good man down, even after he loses an election to become mayor. Learn more about David Flood, his penchant for standing on his head in public and his return to the Biddeford City Council. READ MORE

Like a virgin

The newest members of the Biddeford City Council adjust to their new roles while we explore their Facebook profiles. READ MORE

Twomey making a comeback?

Word on the street, yet unconfirmed, is that former mayor Joanne Twomey is at least contemplating a bid to recapture her former District 135 House seat, and may challenge the incumbent, fellow Democrat Paulette Beaudoin for a chance to take on Republican Perry Aberle in November. So far, Twomey has not registered as a candidate with the Maine Secretary of State’s office. READ MORE

Governor LePage coming to Biddeford

Governor Paul LePage has accepted an invitation from Mayor Alan Casavant to tour the city’s downtown area and its former mills. The governor is scheduled to meet with city leaders, business owners, downtown advocates and others on January 14. READ MORE

Let’s do the time warp, again

On January 26, perennial candidate Bob Mills announced to the world that he will be challenging fellow Democrat State Rep. Megan Rochelo for her District 136 State House Seat in the June Democratic Primary. At last count, there are only three registered Republicans in District 136, so this Democrat duel could be a bloodbath. READ MORE

Blanket maker turned peace maker

He broke up fights at City Hall and describes former Mayor Joanne Twomey as his first girlfriend. He is an uncomplicated man living in a very complicated world. Meet George “Pete” Lamontagne.

Someone is feelin’ his oats

Despite the city council’s rejection of one of his political appointments, and the fact that a fellow Democrat is challenging him for his District 137 State House seat, newly elected Mayor Alan Casavant is strutting through City Hall with confidence to spare.

I ain’t no senator’s son

Stephen Beaudette makes a return to Biddeford’s political scene in a race that could see as many as three Democrats duking it out for the District 4 State Senate Seat.

Exile in Guyville a.k.a. “The Bodwell Incident

The Biddeford City Council voted 5-4 Tuesday to reject Mayor Alan Casavant’s nomination of Joshua Bodwell to the Charter Review Commission. But despite Mr. Bodwell’s over-inflated ego, the decision had very little to do with him.

The Top-25 Political Movers & Shakers

Who made the list? Who can get things done? Who are the most politically influential players in Biddeford-Saco?

Ready to rumble?

State Senator Nancy Sullivan makes a move to oust fellow Democrat Rep. Alan Casavant from her former District 137 House seat

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