PORTLAND — Five-term incumbent City Councilor Nicholas Mavodones Jr. held on to his at-large seat in Tuesday’s election, despite a strong showing by first-time candidate Wellington Lyons.
Mavodones defeated Lyons, 16,826 to 13, 237, based on unofficial results released late Tuesday evening.
In the race for the council’s District 1 seat, two-term Councilor Kevin Donoghue defeated challenger Justin Benjamin Pollard 3,394 to 2,016. District 1 includes the East End, the Old Port, downtown and the islands.
Another two-term incumbent, Councilor David Marshall, defeated Shane Boyington in District 2, which covers the West End, Parkside and Oakdale. Marshall won 3,999 to 1,450.
The three races took an ironic twist last week when Donoghue and Marshall publicly endorsed Lyons. It’s believed these were the first endorsements of a challenger by sitting members of the council in its history.
Lyons congratulated Mavodones in a written statement, and said, “This campaign has left Portland stronger than it was before the race, and I’m confident that many of the issues we raised will be addressed by the council.”
Mavodones, 52, is a Chenery Street resident and the operations manager for Casco Bay Lines. A council member since 1997, he served four stints as mayor. He held that office as recently as last year, before a change in the City Charter made it an elected office. Mavodones then lost to Michael Brennan in the city’s first popular mayoral election since 1923.
His campaign focused on job creation and business development, and he said that one of his top priorities would be replacing the fire-ravaged Hall Elementary School.
Donoghue, 33, is a Beckett Street resident who campaigned on a platform whose keystone was the promotion of affordable housing. He said he was “grateful and glad” to have won a third term, although not by the margins he expected.
Marshall, 34, is a Pine Street resident who works as a professional artist and is executive director of the Maine Artist Collective. Much of his council work and his campaign have focused on public transportation and education.