Landslide in Portland City Council District 4 race

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PORTLAND — Incumbent Cheryl Leeman easily dispatched her opponent in the race for the District 4 seat on the City Council.

Leeman, who is finishing her 27th year on the council, garnered about 71 percent of the vote.

Political neophyte Ezekiel Callanan only netted nearly 28 percent of the vote, falling to the lone Republican on the council by a vote of 2,771 to 1,124.

Incumbent Councilor John Coyne won a second term in an uncontested District 5 race.

Mary Anne Mitchell won a one-year term on the Peaks Island Council, which advises the City Council on island-related policy. The Sterling Street resident was the only name on the ballot for four open seats. She netted 354 votes.

Three other seats generated write-in candidates: Central Avenue resident Michael Sylvester for a two-year term; Brackett Avenue resident Richard Machlin for a one-year term, and Sterling Avenue resident Scott Kelley for a three-year term.

City Hall Spokeswoman Nicole Clegg said the write-in results will not be available until sometime Wednesday.

Randy Billings can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 100 or rbillings@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @randybillings

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