Maine mayor with huge housing agenda and political ambitions faces powerful check

AUBURN, Maine — A drive round Lake Auburn reveals clear indicators of the development-related struggle enjoying a key position within the November mayoral race.

They’re actually indicators. “Defend Lake Auburn” is the motto gracing the expansive and well-maintained lawns of dozens of houses not removed from the water. They’re usually paired with assist for Jeff Harmon, who’s attempting to knock off Mayor Jason Levesque in November.

Levesque has received three phrases together with nationwide reward for his sweeping housing plans. That difficulty, which has not too long ago polled as the most important one dealing with Mainers, is on the middle of the marketing campaign within the sprawling swing metropolis, as is the mayor’s formidable development agenda.