Monday, August 27, 2012
Portland hopefuls face deadline to qualify for ballot
Press Herald http://www.pressherald.com/news/Portland-hopefuls-face-deadline-to-qualify-for-ballot.html Posted: 12:24 PM Updated: 3:01 PM Portland hopefuls face deadline to qualify for ballot Two district seats and an at-large seat are up for grabs this fall on each the City Council and the School Board. By Randy Billings email@example.com Staff Writer PORTLAND — Nomination papers for the City Council and School Board races are due at 4:30 p.m. this afternoon. Two district seats and an at-large seat are up for grabs this fall on each the council and board. In District 1, Councilor Kevin Donoghue of Beckett Street has qualified for the Nov. 6 ballot. The 32-year-old administrator for Spectrum Cos., a Cape Elizabeth-based affordable housing consultant, is finishing his second term on the council. But three potential District 1 challengers, including former Councilor William Gorham and Justin Benjamin Pollard, who ran unsuccessfully in the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Olympia Snowe, have not yet returned their papers. Two-term Councilor David Marshall and Shane Boyington, both of Pine Street, have qualified for the District 2 council race. Marshall, 34, is the executive director of Maine Artist Collective. Boyington, 34, is a student of political science at the University of Southern Maine with 10 years experience in providing direct care in group homes. In the at-large council race, Wellington "Wells" Lyons, an attorney and entrepreneur with Portland’s Rogue Industries who lives on Danforth Street, has qualified for the ballot. Councilor Nicholas Mavodones Jr. has turned in his nomination papers, but as of 11 a.m. the signatures had not been verified, according to Election Administrator Bud Philbrick. In the School Board races, incumbent Jenna Vendil has qualified for the District 1 race. Her challenger Thomas Kelley has turned in his nomination papers, but has not qualified for the ballot. In district 2, where incumbent Ed Bryan is not seeking re-election, Jeanne Swanton has qualified. Holly Seeliger returned nomination papers, but has not yet qualified. Incumbent Sarah Thompson is running unopposed for the at-large School Board seat.
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