4 vie for 2 South Portland council seats; no interest in 1 School Board seat

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SOUTH PORTLAND — Four residents will compete for two at-large seats on the City Council this November, while only two residents returned nomination papers for three available seats on the School Board.

Incumbent Councilor Thomas E. Blake of High Street will run against Albert A. DiMillo Jr. of  Colchester Drive, Alan R. Livingston of Sandy Hill Road and Donald M. Russell III of Hillside Avenue.

Councilor Linda Boudreau is finishing her third consecutive term, and cannot run due to term limits.

DiMillo is a retired corporate accountant and frequent critic of city and school spending and accounting practices. Russell is a local marketing professional and one-term Planning Board member. Livingston has been a math teacher at Cheverus High School in Portland for the past 13 years, and ran for a seat on the School Board in 2009. 

Incumbent Richard L. Carter of Thompson Street will run unopposed in the District 1 School Board election, and District 2 incumbent Sara B. Goldberg of Pine Street will run unopposed, too. There is no candidate for the District 3 seat, held by Clifford Street resident Jerald McQueeney, who was appointed by the City Council to fill a board vacancy.

City Clerk Susan Mooney said there will be an option for residents to launch write-in campaigns. “If there is no write-in candidate,” she said, “the council will appoint someone to the seat.”

Incumbent John E. Brady of Anchorage Place has returned nomination papers to serve another five-year term on the Portland Water District Board of Trustees representing South Portland and Cape Elizabeth. Mooney said his signatures were  verified and he will be on the ballot in November.

To request an absentee ballot for the Nov. 2 election, call 767-7601 or file a request online at www.maine.gov.

Amy Anderson can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or aanderson@theforecaster.net