Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Two-person races expected for three council seats

Portland Daily Sun http://www.portlanddailysun.me/index.php/newsx/local-news Two-person races expected for three council seats Written by Craig Lyons The three seats on the City Council up for election in November have shaped up to be two-person contests. When the filing deadline to be on the November ballot closed on Monday, all three incumbent councilors — Kevin Donoghue, David Marshall and Nick Mavodones — found themselves facing a challenger in their bids for re-election. As the filing deadline loomed, the District 1 seat had the potential of becoming a four-way race, though two candidates failed to return their nomination papers to the City Clerk's office. With two fewer people seeking the seat, that left Donoghue, a two-term incumbent, being challenged by Justin Benjamin Pollard, who runs a sustainable construction company and earlier this year was one of the Democratic candidates who vied to replace U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe when she retires at the end of her term in January. Pollard lost to Cynthia Dill in the June Democratic primary. The clerk's office had yet to check the signatures Pollard returned to see if he qualifies for the ballot Tuesday evening, though officials expected to know by midday on Wednesday. In District 2, Marshall — an artist and executive director of the Maine Artist Collective — is being challenged by Shane Boyington — a student at the University of Southern Maine and former shop owner. For the at-large council seat, Portland voters will choose between incumbent Mavodones — who has served on the council since 1997 and as the council-appointed mayor for several terms — and Wells Lyons — a Portland attorney, entrepreneur and activist. Aside from his experience on the council, Mavodones has served on the boards of the Portland Public School System, the Maine Municipal Association, the Maine Service Center Coalition, the Middle Schools Building Committee, the East End School Building Committee, Ecomaine, the Waterfront Alliance, the Institute for Civic Leadership, the Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Portland Public LIbrary, according to his former campaign website. Lyons hasn't served on any municipal boards, but has served in leadership capacities for several nonprofits groups — such as the Maine League of Young Voters. He said, during a previous interview, he's attended many city meetings to speak out on a number of issues. While the filing period to be on the ballot ended Monday, candidates have until Sept. 25 — or 45 days before the election — to declare themselves as write-in candidates. A prospective third candidate — Timothy Valliere — took out nomination papers though he hadn't returned them to the City Clerk's office by the deadline to file. The three seats on the City Council aren't the only ones on the November ballot. For the Portland School Board: • District 1: Jenna Vendil and Thomas Kelly. • District 2: Holly Seeliger and Jeanne Swanton. • At-large: Sarah Thompson. For the Peaks Island Council: • Two seats for three-year terms: Cheryl Miner and Mary Anne Mitchell. • Seat for a one-year term: Jimal Thundershield and Marjorie Phyfe. Water District: • One seat for a five-year term: Nisha Swinton and Gary Libby.

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