Races take shape in Cape, South Portland elections

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SOUTH PORTLAND — Two candidates are on the city ballot in November for the City Council District 5 seat being vacated by Mayor Jerry Jalbert.

Incumbents in City Council District 1 and on the School Board will also face contests, while in Cape Elizabeth three candidates will compete for two School Board seats.

The deadline to return nomination papers to the city clerk’s office in South Portland was Monday, Sept. 8, for three City Council seats, two School Board seats and one seat on the Portland Water District Board of Trustees.

Incumbent Councilors Michael Pock of District 1 and Patti Smith of District 2 are both seeking new three-year terms. Smith is unopposed, but Pock is being challenged by former Mayor and City Councilor Claude Morgan.

School Board member Richard Carter also took out papers to run against Pock, but did not return them by the deadline. 

The candidates for Jalbert’s council seat are Alan Livingston, who is a former city councilor and former school board member, and first-time candidates Brad Fox, of Rollins Way.

Rolla Dowling, of Brickhill Avenue, submitted papers but withdrew from the race on Wednesday.

School Board members Karen Callaghan and Mary House are seeking re-election to their at-large seats. Christopher Hershey, of Fairlawn Avenue, hopes to unseat one of them. 

Although candidates must live in their districts, all elections are decided at large: residents are not restricted to voting only for candidates in their own district, and may vote for a candidate in every district race.

Incumbent Wayne Ross is unopposed for re-election to the South Portland/Cape Elizabeth seat on the PWD.

Cape Elizabeth

Two incumbents are among the three candidates for two seats on the Cape Elizabeth School Board.

Incumbents Elizabeth Scifres and Joanna Morrissey returned their nomination papers by the Sept. 5 deadline, as did challenger Barbara Powers. The seats are for three-year terms.

Two candidates for Town Council will be uncontested. Incumbent Councilor Kathy Ray is seeking a second three-year term, and Patricia Grennon is seeking the seat left open by Councilor David Sherman’s decision to not seek a third term.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Kate Gardner contributed to this report. Shelby Carignan can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or scarignan@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @shelbycarignan.

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