Councilor Joe Baldacci
Joe Baldacci was born, brought up and educated in Bangor. His family roots are on Palm Street in Bangor. He attended the Abraham Lincoln School, the Garland Street Junior High School ( now the William S. Cohen School ) and Bangor High School Class of 1983. While in high school among other activites Joe was a delegate representing Bangor High School at the American Legion Dirigo Boys State program and was one of two Maine winners of the William Randolph Hearst U.S. Senate Youth Scholarship Program which included a meeting of all 100 national winners with then President Ronald Reagan while a senior in high school.
Joe graduated with distinction from the University of Maine with a B.A. in political science in 1987 and graduated from the University of Maine School of Law in Portland, Maine in 1991 with Juris Doctorate. At Law School Joe co-founded the Maine Association for Public Interest Law ( MAPIL ) which is still going strong raising money for scholarhips to law students who work in the public interest legal field. Since 1991 Joe has been a member of the Maine Bar establishing his own general practice in downtown Bangor that year.
Joe was previously elected to the Bangor City Council in 1996 and reelected in 1999 and served a term as Mayor from 1998-1999. On the council Joe worked to keep the Bangor City Nursing Home and to allow the Fire Department to establish its ambulance and paramedic unit which is a vital service for everyone. He supported several important redevelopment projects throughout the City. He called on the University of Maine system to redevelop its grounds inthe late 90s and he continues to fight for the Dorthea Dix hospital. In 2004 he was appointed by the Council to negotiate an agreement with the City of Halifax and their airport and the agreement reached protects Bangor International Airports preclearance business on international flights. From 2005-2007 he worked as a volunteer and as an officer of the Save Dakin Pool Committee which raised private funds that have led to the improvements at the east side pool and so far has kept it free for Bangor kids.
Joe lives in Bangor with his wife Elizabeth and their two children Caroline and Olivia who attend Fairmount and Doughty School respectively; along with their lovable golden retriever Rosie.
Councilor Baldacci chairs the Infrastructure Committee and serves on the Government Operations and Business and Economic Development Committees. Councilor Baldacci is the Council liaison to the Downtown Bangor Partnership Board of Directors and the Dorothea Dix Advisory Committee.