December 3, 2012

Portland councilors inaugurated; school board members next

By Randy Billings
Staff Writer

PORTLAND -- Newly elected members to the City Council were sworn into office on Monday at City Hall during a ceremony that drew about 30 people.

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Re-elected City Council members, from left, Kevin Donoghue, David Marshall and Nicholas Mavodones, are sworn in at Portland City Hall Monday. Looking on in the background is Mayor Michael Brennan.

Shawn Patrick Ouellette / Staff Photographer

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Re-elected City Councilor Kevin Donoghue sits at the dais in council chambers with his daughter Rosaleen 2, after being sworn in Monday.

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At-large Councilor Nicholas Mavodones Jr. is beginning his sixth term on the City Council, while District 1 Councilor Kevin Donoghue and District 2 Councilor David Marshall are returning for their third terms.

Mayor Michael Brennan said he looked forward to working with the councilors over the next three years. He lauded Mavodones' experience and leadership on the Housing and Community Development Committee, Marshall's advocacy around transportation, and Donoghue's work on affordable housing.

"I am hopeful we will continue to make good policy and good decisions on behalf of the people of Portland," Brennan said.

Christina Sillari delivered the invocation and Rabbi Akiva Herzfeld gave the benediction.

Newly elected members to the Portland Board of Public Education will take their oath at 4 p.m. Members of both bodies serve three-year terms.

Sarah Thompson returns as an at-large school board member and Jenna Vendil returns for her second term representing District 1. Holly Seeliger will be sworn in for her first term of elected office. She will represent District 2.

Board members are also expected to appoint Jaimey Caron as chairman and Justin Costa as vice chairman.

City Hall spokeswoman Nicole Clegg said councilors and school board members earn an annual stipend of $5,900.


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