Tuesday, 04 December 2018 22:32

Belfast councilors reverse decisions made about city's mayor

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BELFAST - Belfast's City Council reversed decisions they made last week regarding Belfast's Mayor Samantha Paradis, after she wrote a controversial op-ed article.

 

At Tuesday night's meeting, councilors voted unanimously to put Paradis back on the Maine Mayors' Coalition, and have her once again be the speaker for the Belfast City Council.

 

This comes after a special meeting last week that addressed a controversial op-ed written by Paradis, in which she addressed "sexism, ageism, and bigotry" that she said she's faced since serving as mayor in the past year.

 

In response to that letter last week, councilors took Paradis off the coalition because some said they did not want her speaking for them. Our news team covered that meeting last week.

 

At Tuesday's meeting, Paradis also addressed that op-ed. She said she did not realize how it would affect people, and called the councilors honorable people.

 

"I believe that this matter has offered an opportunity for families and members of the public to have dialogue about what discrimination looks means," said Paradis. "I meant to convey my own experience, not who you are."

 

Councilors called Paradis part of their team, and residents who spoke during public comment said the councilors reversing their decisions was a relief to locals.

 

Kelly Mitchell

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Kelly Mitchell joined the news team in March of 2018. She grew up splitting her time between York, ME and Haverhill, MA, but her favorite childhood memories took place along the rocky coast of southern Maine. She's now e...