Sanford Mayor Mastraccio not seeking 2nd term: Here's who hopes to succeed her

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SANFORD, Maine — Mayor Anne Marie Mastraccio is not seeking re-election in November, and so far one candidate has emerged in a bid to succeed her.

But Mastraccio will still be on the ballot this fall – the state one, rather than the municipal one, as she is running for state representative of Maine House District 142. Mastraccio stepped into the race after fellow Democrat Joseph Hanslip bowed out after the state primary in June.

On Tuesday, Mastraccio said she had been planning to run for mayor again but could not pass up the opportunity to try to return to the Maine Legislature. Before becoming mayor, she had served as a state representative for eight years.

“It was the best job I never knew I wanted,” Mastraccio said of her years in Augusta.

Sanford Mayor Anne-Marie Mastraccio
Sanford Mayor Anne-Marie Mastraccio

Pamela Buck is the Republican candidate seeking to represent Sanford in House District 142.

On Tuesday, Hanslip said he withdrew from the race because as the campaign progressed, he came to realize that other commitments need his attention. He said he hopes to run for office again in the future.

“The farther I got into the campaign, the more I realized that it was not the right time for me to run,” he said. “This is too important an election – if someone can’t give 100%, then they shouldn’t be running.”

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Becky Brink running for Sanford mayor

City Councilor Becky Brink, whom voters elected in 2021, is the lone candidate to date to take out – and file – nomination papers for the mayoral race, according to City Clerk Sue Cote. Brink is a retired educator in the community who once served as principal of Sanford Junior High School.

City Councilor Becky Brink is running in this November's election to be the next mayor of Sanford, Maine.
City Councilor Becky Brink is running in this November's election to be the next mayor of Sanford, Maine.

Brink could not be reached for comment.

Mastraccio said she is reassured in her decision to leave the mayoral post and pursue a return to Augusta because Brink is seeking to succeed her.

"She and I are alike in the way we approach local government," Mastraccio said.

Nomination papers have been available at City Hall since July 29. The deadline for filing them is by the close of business on Thursday, Sept. 8.

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City Council, School Committee seats on the ballot

Elsewhere on the upcoming municipal ballot is the race to fill two three-year seats on the Sanford City Council. Incumbents Bob Stackpole and Michael Termath are both running again. Termath, elected in June to the seat formerly occupied by the late John Tuttle, already has filed his papers at City Hall, according to Cote.

Two newcomers, Peter Tranchemontagne and Oliver Jones, also have their eyes on one of those two seats. Tranchemontagne already has filed his papers.

Two three-year stints on the Sanford School Committee are up for grabs this time around. Jonathan Mapes and John Roux are the incumbents who’ll need to decide whether to seek new terms. To date, only one person has taken out nomination papers for one of the posts: Kelly Termath, whose husband is City Councilor Michael Termath.

The last two races on the city ballot are not yet competitive, either. A three-year term as a trustee of the Sanford Water District is available. Roger Durant is the incumbent. The only person to take out nomination papers to date, however, is Melissa Alipalo.

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Similarly, only one person so far – Greg Ackroyd – has taken out papers in a bid for one of the two three-year terms available of the Sanford Sewerage District’s Board of Trustees. Incumbents Kevin Eaton and Somnang Laurendeau are the incumbents.

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How to become a candidate

To run for local office, candidates must live in Sanford-Springvale and be a registered voter in the community. To secure a spot on the ballot, they need to obtain at least 50 signatures from registered voters in the city. However, candidates for either the water or sewerage districts only need to get 25 signatures.

For more information, call the clerk’s office at (207) 324-9125. Starting on Aug. 29, City Hall will have new hours and will be open Monday through Thursday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

This article originally appeared on Portsmouth Herald: Sanford Maine Election 2022: Mayor Mastraccio not seeking second term