Portland ballot includes contests for council, School Board

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PORTLAND — Four city government elections will be contested this fall after 17 candidates filed nomination papers by Monday’s deadline.

Election Day is Nov. 8.

Two incumbents, District 3 City Councilor Ed Suslovic and at-large Councilor Jon Hinck, each face challenges from two candidates as they seek new three-year terms.

Suslovic, of 46 Kenwood St., is being challenged by Brian Batson, of 209 Stevens Ave., and Carol Schiller, of 7 Longfellow St. Schiller is president of the University Neighborhood Organization.

Suslovic is seeking his third term in District 3 and has also been elected at-large.

Schiller withdrew from the race on Aug. 31, according to the Portland City Clerk’s web page.

Hinck, of 142 Pine St., is seeking his second term. School Board member Pious Ali, of 184 Pearl St., and Matthew Coffey, a landscaper who is homeless by choice and lists his address as the Preble Street Resource Center at 5 Portland St., are running against him.

Last year, Coffey ran unsuccessfully for the at-large seat held by Nick Mavodones Jr. As of Monday evening, the city clerk’s office was still reviewing signatures on his nomination papers and those filed by Schiller.

In the elections for three-year terms on the School Board, incumbent Laurie Davis of 134 Oakdale St. faces a challenge from 1905 Congress St. resident William Linnell. Davis is seeking her third term.

Linnell is an alternative energy activist who worked to close the former Maine Yankee nuclear power plant in Wiscasset and unsuccessfully ran for the Maine House as a Green Independent Party candidate in 2010.

Incumbent Anna Trevorrow, of 5 Mayo St., and Roberto Rodriguez, of 17 Sanborn St., are unopposed for two at-large School Board seats with three-year terms.

The at-large seat sought by Rodriguez is being vacated by Pious Ali.

Also on the ballot are four seats on the Peaks Island Council. Three have three-year terms and are sought by Stuart Jackson of 64 Elizabeth St., 13 Centennial St. resident Patrick T. Flynn, and Lisa Penalver of 14 Upper A St.

Penalver is now the council chairwoman, and Flynn serves on the Casco Bay Lines Board of Directors.

Incumbent Howard Pedlikin of 118 Hussey Road faces challenges from 33 Lyndon Ave. resident Alexander D. Stankowicz and John Drumgoole, 16 Meridian St., for the one seat with a two-year term.

As of Monday evening, the city clerk’s office was still reviewing signatures on nomination papers filed by Jackson and Pedlikin.

James A. Willey of 186 Caleb St. is unopposed in his bid for a five-year term as trustee of the Portland Water District. Incumbent Bradford Cleaves is not seeking re-election to the seat he won in 2011.

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

Edited Aug. 31 to note Carol Schiller’s withdrawal from the District 3 City Council race.

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.