Candidates fill November Portland ballot

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PORTLAND — Six candidates have qualified to appear on the Nov. 5 election ballot for three City Council seats.

Another six candidates have qualified to be on the ballot for three School Board seats, city election administrator Bud Philbrick said Tuesday morning.

Candidates had until Monday at 4:30 p.m. to submit nomination papers, which require a minimum number of signatures from registered voters.

The District 3 council race will be a contest between incumbent Councilor Ed Suslovic, of Kenwood Street, and Gregory Blouin, of Outer Congress Street. Suslovic is seeking his third term representing the district, which includes parts of Deering and Stroudwater. He previously served as an at-large councilor and as a state representative.

Jon Hinck, of Pine Street, and Wellington Lyons, of Danforth Street, will vie for the at-large council seat being vacated by Councilor John Anton, who will not seek a third term.

Hinck is a former state representative who failed in a 2012 bid for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. Lyons mounted an unsuccessful campaign last year for the at-large seat held by Councilor Nicholas Mavodones Jr.

Incumbent Councilor Jill Duson, of Pennell Avenue, will be challenged by Gregory Smaha, of Phipps Road, in the other at-large council race. Duson has served on the council since 2001.

The race for two at-large School Board seats will be a free-for-all among five candidates who have qualified: Pious Ali, Ralph Carmona, Gene Landry, Frederic Miller and Anna Trevorrow. The seats are being vacated by Jaimey Caron and Kate Snyder, who are both term-limited.

Carmona, of North Street, a former mayoral candidate, initially took out nomination papers to run for City Council, but withdrew and instead decided to run for the School Board.

In 2012, Miller, of Mayer Road, ran as a Republican in state House District 117, but lost by a large margin to Rep. Richard Farnsworth, D-Portland.

Trevorrow, of Myrtle Street, is a former Charter Commission member who ran unsuccessfully for School Board in 2008 and lost a bid against state Rep. Diane Russell, D-Portland, in 2010.

Incumbent Laurie Davis, of Oakdale Street, is running unopposed for the District 3 School Board seat.

Incumbent Majorie Phyfe, of Sandpiper Road, and Jean Martens, of Island Avenue, will be on the ballot for the Peaks Island Council, where five seats are open.

Nisha Swinton, of Pleasant Street, is unopposed for the seat now held by Jamie Willey on the Portland Water District Board of Trustees. She ran unsucessfully for a seat last year.

Will Graff contributed to this report. William Hall can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or Follow him on Twitter: @hallwilliam4.