Candidates register for Portland City Council races

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PORTLAND — Although nomination papers will not be available until July 2, all three incumbents and one challenger have registered to run for City Council in November.

Registration forms filed at City Hall by Councilors Nick Mavodones, Belinda Ray and Spencer Thibodeau, and 2017 council candidate Joey Brunelle, allow them to raise money for their campaigns.

Mavodones, of 79 Chenery St., is the longest-tenured councilor. He is seeking his eighth term in office and is opposed by Brunelle, of 61 Kellogg St.

Brunelle finished second in 2017 to at-large Councilor Jill Duson. He officially announced his run against Mavodones on May 16 in Congress Square.

Ray and Thibodeau are completing their first terms in Districts 1 and 2, respectively. Ray, of 65 East Oxford St., serves a district encompassing Munjoy Hill, Bayside and the Casco Bay islands that are part of Portland.

Thibodeau, of 69 Pitt St., serves a district that includes the West End, Parkside and an area extending beyond the University of Southern Maine campus. He will officially announce his candidacy May 30 at 5:30 p.m. at the Little Tap House, 106 High St.

Candidates can pick up nomination papers beginning July 2, and must submit them no earlier than Aug. 13 and no later than 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 27.

Candidates are not required to file campaign finance reports until Oct. 28.

David Harry can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or dharry@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidHarry8.

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Portland City Hall reporter for The Forecaster. Baltimore native, lived in Maine since 1989. A journalist since 2005, covering much of Cumberland and York counties. I joined The Forecaster in 2012.