1 and done for Linscott on South Portland City Council

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SOUTH PORTLAND — City Councilor Melissa Linscott is not seeking re-election.

Linscott, who is completing her first three-year term, said being a councilor has been “a fantastic experience,” but that she wants to take the next three years to focus on her family. 

“I have teenagers who are nearing going off to college,” Linscott said Thursday morning. “My daughter is a junior this year and my son is a freshman, so really (I’m) just feeling like I need to focus more time and energy toward them while they’re still home with me.”

Linscott said “there’s a possibility” she may run for office again, but at “this time in my life, it’s a little more than I want to take on.”

Tuesday, Sept. 8, was the deadline for candidates to file nomination papers to be on the Nov. 3 ballot. 

Ernest Stanhope Jr., of Fessenden Avenue, and Eben Rose, of Buchanan Street, are running for Linscott’s District 3 seat. 

In District 4, Mayor Linda Cohen is seeking re-election against Andrew Snyder, of Boysenberry Drive. 

Three School Board seats are on the ballot.

Chairman Dick Matthews, of Boothby Avenue, is unopposed for re-election in District 3. District 5 representative Tappan Fitzgerald, of Massachusetts Avenue, is also unopposed.

Libby Reynolds, of Thirlmere Avenue, and Matthew Perkins, of Elderberry Drive, are running for the District 4 seat vacated earlier this year by James Gilboy, whose term would have expired. 

Despite the district designations, all city elections are staged citywide.

Joseph Siviski, of Mussey Street, is unopposed for election to the Portland Water District Board of Trustees, representing South Portland and Cape Elizabeth. 

Alex Acquisto can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or aacquisto@theforecaster.net. Follow Alex on Twitter: @AcquistoA. 

South Portland City Councilor Melissa Linscott is not seeking re-election.

South Portland and Scarborough reporter for The Forecaster. Graduate of Western Kentucky University and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. Alex can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106.