Nomination papers available July 1 in Portland

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PORTLAND — Nomination papers for candidates seeking elected city offices will be available at City Hall, 389 Congress St., on Friday, July 1.

The District 3 City Council seat held by Councilor Ed Suslovic and the at-large seat held by Councilor Jon Hinck are on the Nov. 8 General Election ballot. School Board member Pious Ali has declared his candidacy for Hinck’s seat.

The School Board District 3 seat and two at large seats are also on the ballot. Ali holds one at-large seat; School Board member Anna Trevorrow holding the other. School Board member Laurie Davis represents District 3.

Councilors and School Board members serve three-year terms.

Three seats on the Peaks Island Council with three-year terms and one with a two-year term, and a seat with a five-year term on the Portland Water District Board of Directors, are also on the ballot.

District 3 candidates must gather signatures from no fewer than 75 and no more than 150 registered voters within the district. At-large candidates must gather no fewer than 300 and no more than 500 signatures from voters registered in the city.

Peaks Island candidates must gather no fewer than 50 and no more than 100 signatures of registered voters who are island residents. PWD candidates must gather a minimum of 100 and no more than 150 signatures of registered city voters.

Nomination papers can be turned in at the city clerk’s office beginning at 9 a.m. Aug. 15. The deadline to submit papers is Aug. 29 at 4:30 p.m. Write-in candidates have until Sept. 23 to declare.

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

Portland City Hall, 389 Congress St.

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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.