Smith to be mayor of South Portland

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SOUTH PORTLAND — Councilor Patti Smith will be the city’s next mayor.

Smith, who represents District 2, was unopposed for re-election to her second council term on Nov. 8. No other councilor was nominated or campaigned to be mayor.

Councilors will formally elect Smith on Dec. 5. She will replace Mayor Rosemarie De Angelis, who nominated Smith during the council workshop on Monday.

De Angelis said Smith’s corporate background – she is director of strategic initiatives, domestic sales and operations at Planet Dog in Portland – will help the city in its interactions with businesses.

Smith, choking back tears, said she was honored to be nominated, especially because she has lived in the city only a short time.

“I feel like such a newbie,” she said. “I’ve only been here since 2004, but I love this city as much as each of you do.”