Portland office-holders announce re-election bids

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PORTLAND — Incumbents are at the head of the line to get nomination papers for the Nov. 8 city elections.

Councilors Jon Hinck and Ed Suslovic, and School Board members Laurie Davis and Anna Trevorrow last week said they will seek new, three-year terms.

Hinck, completing his first term, holds one of two at-large council seats. Suslovic is completing his second term representing District 3, which extends from Libbytown to Stroudwater and the Portland International Jetport.

Davis, of 134 Oakdale St., is seeking her third term in District 3. Trevorrow is seeking a second term in one of two School Board at-large seats. School Board member Pious Ali, who holds the other at-large seat, announced his candidacy for Hinck’s seat in February.

Hinck, of 142 Pine St., made his formal announcement in a June 28 press release.

“Over the last three years, I have contributed to Portland’s progress and believe that a second term would give me the chance to help build more momentum for positive change,” he said.

Ali, of 184 Pearl St., has been endorsed by his School Board colleagues, Councilor Jill Duson, former Councilor David Marshall, and five of 10 members of the city’s legislative delegation.

A week after announcing the School Board endorsements in April, Ali announced he had raised almost $11,000 for his campaign.

Suslovic, of 46 Kenwood St., has not formally announced his candidacy, but said June 28 he will run again. He also served one term as an at-large councilor before winning the District 3 seat in 2010.

Suslovic and Hinck also have prior experience in the state House of Representatives. Suslovic’s single term ended in 2004; Hinck served three terms through 2012.

In 2012, Hinck also unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat now held by independent Sen. Angus King. He had planned to run for the state Senate District 27 seat being vacated by Sen. Justin Alfond, D-Portland, but missed the March 15 filing deadline for the primary.

Trevorrow, of 5 Mayo St., is chairwoman of the School Board Finance Committee and has received endorsements from her School Board colleagues; Councilors Nick Mavodones Jr., Justin Costa, Belinda Ray and Spencer Thibodeau, and five of the city’s 10 state legislators, including Rep. Ben Chipman, D-Portland, with whom she has a personal relationship.

“In my first term, I have gained a wealth of knowledge and experience. I have endeavored to step up to serve the board and the school district in every capacity,” Trevorrow said in a July 1 press release.

Davis, now the chairwoman of the School Board Curriculum Committee, has also led the Finance Committee and faced no opposition when she won her second term in 2013.

Municipal races are run without party designations. Each office has a three-year term.

Nomination papers for these elections, as well as  four seats on the Peaks Island Council and one for a trustee of the Portland Water District, became available July 1. The deadline for submitting papers is Aug. 29 at 4:30 p.m. 

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.