Portland attorney announces council bid

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PORTLAND — The first hat is in the ring.

Spencer Thibodeau, 27, of Pitt Street, announced in a May 18 press release he will seek the City Council District 2 seat currently held by Councilor David Marshall.

Thibodeau, an attorney at Verrill Dana, said he would like to “shift the focus back to providing efficient and tangible improvements to the city services Portland currently offers.”

Marshall, now in his third term, said May 19 he will not decide whether to seek re-election until the council has voted on the fiscal year 2016 budget. A budget vote is scheduled for June 1.

District 2 covers the city’s West End to High Street and extends north to just beyond the University of Southern Maine campus.

City Clerk Kathleen Jones said May 19 Thibodeau has taken out papers for campaign financing. Nomination papers will be available June 30 for the November election.

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