August 17, 2011

Candidate won't divulge much about platform, will talk trash

By Edward D. Murphy
Staff Writer

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Speaking of money, Ethan Strimling is raising a considerable amount of it.

Strimling initially set a goal of $10,000 to raise by mid-August, then upped it to $15,000.

On Tuesday, he told supporters that he has raised $26,304.99, which is too bad because many observers believe it will take at least $26,305 to mount a credible campaign.


The list of "real candidates" is growing slowly.

Mayoral candidates could start turning in their petitions to get on the ballot Monday. Seven candidates trooped to the city clerk's office on the first day, led by City Councilor Jill Duson.

Also turning in signatures Monday were Bryant; former state Rep. John Eder; current Mayor Nicholas Mavodones; Councilor David Marshall; Ralph Carmona, an instructor at the University of Southern Maine; and Hamza Haadoow, an immigrant businessman.

The clerk's office validated Duson's and Marshall's petitions, but told Haadow he needed about 45 more names because a number of people who signed his petition were not found on the city's list of registered voters. He has until Aug. 29 to come up with the additional signatures.

The clerk's office is working on the rest, including those from Jed Rathband, who owns a consulting company and turned in his petitions on Tuesday.


Candidate forums are starting to be set up for the fall, and they will take a bit of planning, given the crowded field.

Take the Portland Club, for instance.

The club, which plans a candidates night Sept. 6, wrestled with the format.

Club member Cliff Gallant said a debate and then a moderated discussion were considered, then tossed out because of the number of likely candidates.

So the candidates will get two minutes to give their names and some brief remarks on why they should be elected. That process will likely take about an hour, including the time between candidates, assuming that all 20, or even most of them, get on the ballot. Plus, when's the last time a politician saw a time limit as anything resembling a hard-and-fast rule?

Then the candidates will adjourn to individual tables in the ballroom where people will be able to stop by and ask questions, kind of like speed-politicking.

"Fortunately, the grand ballroom will accommodate as many candidate tables as will be needed," Gallant said.


Carmona has thrown his support behind the $33 million bond proposed for renovation of the Cumberland County Civic Center. The proposal isn't a purely Portland question, since it will be voted on by all Cumberland County voters, but it's likely to be pretty popular in the city. Residents of outlying towns are expected to be less enthused.


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Ethan Strimling

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Hamza Haadoow

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Jed Rathband


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Jill Duson

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John Eder

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Nicholas Mavodones

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Ralph Carmona


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