Saco - A Saco resident and small business owner is challenging a long time incumbent for a seat on the Saco City Council.
Alan Minthorn, 58, of Saco has filed to run for City Council in Ward 5 against current Councilor Arthur Tardif, 73. Minthorn cites the high tax rates, economic development, and the need for an accessible councilor as the main reasons for jumping into the race.
“City Hall needs to refocus its priorities on what’s best for the senior that can’t afford to stay in their home, the new family looking to relocate, and the small business owner struggling to hire new employees,” says Minthorn. “It’s starts though with having a City Councilor who will go above and beyond to represent the ward.”
Minthorn’s life experience includes almost four decades as a classroom teacher including becoming vice president of the local teachers union and in high tech sales consulting; Past-President of a Rotary club; and 22 years in the insurance industry. He currently owns and operates a small health insurance agency in Saco called Maine Senior Insurance, LLC.
Minthorn is being endorsed by State Rep. Justin Chenette, D-Saco.
“My step father will bring a passion back to city hall that we haven’t seen for many years,” says Chenette. “It’s time for some new energy and new ideas to get our city back on track.”
If elected, this would be Minthorn’s first time holding public office. So far no other candidate has taken out papers to run in Ward 5 other than for Tardif and Minthorn. Election will take place Tuesday Nov. 3rd at the Community Center on Franklin Street.