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Mayor Soubanh Phanthay
(Term 11/22 to 11/25)
I was born in a village in Laos, just outside the capital city of Vientiane. When I was four years old, the Laotian civil war broke out and my family was forced to flee our village. We escaped to a refugee camp in Thailand. We eventually immigrated to America, landing in Houlton, and then Bangor, where I grew up and graduated from Bangor High School. I coached springboard diving for over fifteen years, working with people of all skill levels, from the beginner level at the Bangor YMCA to Division 1 at the University of Maine. I’ve been a photographer for nearly twenty years, starting my first business, a video production company, in 2001. I now own a commercial and event photography business, and travel throughout Eastern Maine photographing the happy moments in people’s lives.
I moved to Brewer six years ago with my wife and daughter and we love living here. I hope to bring some new, fresh ideas to the City Council and help Brewer prepare for the future.
Deputy Mayor Jenn Morin
(Term 11/21 to 11/24)
I have lived, worked and volunteered in the City of Brewer my entire life. I went through the Brewer school system where my children are currently being educated by teachers who taught me. As a Brewer native, I believe strongly in giving back to my community. I have served on many local boards over the years and most recently in leadership capacities for the Bangor Area Recovery Network and the Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center Auxiliary. In 2016, I was recognized for my volunteer work and was presented with the “2 Those Who Care” award. Professionally, I’m a business coach and financial management consultant serving small to midsize businesses throughout the State of Maine. As a business coach, I guide my clients to success by working with them to create a long-term vision for their company and by developing actionable plans to help them realize their vision, with the primary focus being to help Maine businesses grow, buy and sell. I have three children, Gabriel and his wife Brooklyn, Kaiden and Julia. I’m looking forward to serving the people of Brewer, utilizing my managerial and financial background to navigate what will likely be a challenging year.
Councilor Jerry W. Goss
(Term 11/21 to 11/24)
I retired in 2002 after spending thirty-three years in education as a teacher and assistant principal at Joseph A. Leonard Jr. High in Old Town for eighteen years, and was principal of Brewer High School for fifteen years. Following retirement, I served on the Brewer High School District Trustees, responsible for building and grounds for the school department, and chaired the group in getting the Brewer Community School built. I have served as the co-chair of the Eastern Maine BCD Basketball Tournament at the Bangor Auditorium. Currently, I am the president of Rocky Knoll Golf Country Club in Orrington. I have been married to my loving wife Jean for fifty-two years. We have two sons: Jeff, his wife Kelly and our grandson Andrew; Jon, his wife Brandy and our twin grandchildren, Addison and Trent.
Following retirement, I decided I wanted to give back to the City of Brewer to help guide its future. As a Councilor, I address each issue, listen to all sides and do what I think is in the best interest of the citizens. It is not about politics, but rather doing what is right. I enjoy serving you and look forward to helping guide Brewer into a prosperous future, as we look to attract businesses to Brewer. We have been selected as one of the best communities in Maine for being business friendly. If you are looking to do business, please contact us and we will put our full team at your disposal to get all of your questions answered at once. Go Brewer!
Councilor Joseph Ferris
(Term 11/20 to 11/23)
I was born and raised in Brewer, and my parents ran a department store here for more than forty years. I graduated from the University of Maine in 1966 with a Bachelors of Science degree. While there, I played baseball and was the recipient of the College World Series Most Outstanding Player Award in 1964. I graduated from the University of Maine School of Law in 1970, and have practiced law for the last fifty years. I’ve been involved in many Brewer groups and organizations over the years, including the Brewer Economic Development Corporation and the Brewer School Committee. I’ve had leadership roles in the Penobscot County Bar Association, the revitalization of Doyle Field in the late 80’s, and Coffin & Heddericg field enhancements in the mid-90’s. I have served as Brewer’s Mayor in 2005 and 2011. I live on Wintergreen Way with my beautiful life partner, Carol. I have one daughter, Jaime.
Councilor Michele LaBree Daniels
(Term 11/22 to 11/25)
I grew up in Bradley and Bangor attending John Bapst Memorial High School. Later studying at Trinity College in Burlington, Vermont towards a degree in History. My husband Tim and I have resided in Brewer for over 30 years. We share three children and two wonderful granddaughters.
I grew up working for my family’s security and investigation company. Later working my way into a Hotel General Manager position. The majority of my work experience is with a large Telecommunication Company and as an Union Steward for CWA local 1400. I believe in Volunteerism. I served on many boards and committees for the City of Brewer over the last 20+ years, as well as volunteering at the Maine Summer Special Olympics through the Telephone Pioneers as a life member. I coached PAL Softball, Brewer Youth Wrestling and was the Brewer Little League Player Agent.
2020 to 2022 – Mayor of the City of Brewer