Suslovic wins Portland District 3 council race; Duson, Anton re-elected

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PORTLAND — Two years after losing a bid for re-election to an at-large seat, Ed Suslovic was returned to the City Council on Tuesday, this time as the councilor from District 3.

Also on Tuesday, At-Large Councilors Jill Duson and John Anton were re-elected.

Suslovic, a former mayor, defeated political newcomer Will Mitchell, 2,965 to 2,196, in unofficial results Tuesday.

Suslovic, 50, said Tuesday night that despite dire budget predictions at the state and local levels, he is excited to return to the council and represent his neighbors.

“The voters of District 3 know me. For 18 years I’ve been involved in local issues and the schools,” he said . “I knocked on over 3,000 doors and didn’t have to introduce myself to many people.”

In the at-large race, incumbents Duson and Anton competed for two seats with challenger Charles Bragdon. Duson collected 13,157 votes, or about 38 percent. Anton earned 12,114 and Bragdon 9,440.

Outgoing District 3 Councilor Dan Skolnik was a declared write-in candidate for an at-large seat, but no ballots with his name written in were recorded Tuesday night.

This will be Anton’s second term on the council and Duson’s fourth.

“I love local politics, and I’m happy to continue to serve the people of Portland,” Duson said Tuesday night.

Voter turnout in Portland was a little more than 52 percent, according to the City Clerk’s office.

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

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