Races set for Portland City Council, School Committee

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PORTLAND — The deadline for candidates to get on the November city election ballot passed Monday and it looks like District 3 will have the most interesting races.

City Councilor Dan Skolnik announced earlier this summer that he will not seek a second term representing District 3. Two candidates have emerged to compete for the seat.

Former Councilor and Mayor Edward Suslovic is one of the candidates running for the seat. Suslovic, a Kenwood Street resident, served one term as an at-large councilor before losing his seat to Dory Waxman in 2008.

Orland Street resident Will Mitchell is also seeking the District 3 seat. Mitchell is a son of gubernatorial candidate Libby Mitchell and runs a computer geographics business.

Both candidates have children in Portland public schools and have said working with the School Committee will be a high priority.

In the District 3 School Committee race, Frank Gallagher will compete against Laurie Davis to replace Peter Eglinton, who decided not to seek re-election.

Gallagher, of Ashmont Street, is a communications consultant and member of the city’s Community Development Block Grant Allocations Committee.

Davis, of Oakdale Street, was elected to the Charter Commission in 2009. She is director of Upward Bound at the University of Southern Maine.

The at-large council race includes incumbent Councilors Jill Duson and John Anton. Charles Bragdon is also running for one of the two seats.

The at-large School Committee race includes incumbents Jaimey Caron and Kathleen Snyder. Morton Soule hopes to unseat one of them.

Water District Trustee Ken Levinsky is running unopposed for another term on that board.

And, as expected, no one turned in papers for the Peaks Island Council. The lack of candidates means the council will be vacant, because three of the seven seats were up for re-election and the remaining four members have announced they will resign.

Kate Bucklin can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or kbucklin@theforecaster.net