October 27, 2011

Nicholas Mavodones: Ready for chance to build on his record

Citing the ‘megaberth’ and other projects, the current mayor says his approach to leadership has worked.

By Jason Singer jsinger@pressherald.com
Assistant City Editor / Online

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Nicholas Mavadones, Portland City Councilor and candidate for elected mayor.

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AGE: 51

ADDRESS: 79 Chenery St.

PERSONAL: Married to Kelly Hasson. Three children: Nick III, 31, Joe, 29, and Jillian, 26

EDUCATION: Yarmouth High School; Institute for Civic Leadership

OCCUPATION: Operations manager, Casco Bay Lines

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Portland City Council, 1997-present; mayor of Portland, 1999, 2006, 2009-present; chairman, Portland School Committee, 1991 and 1994; Portland School Committee, 1989-1995

WEBSITE: www.portland4nick.com


• Streamline permitting process at City Hall and improve customer service.

• Adequately fund staff development.

• Adequately fund early childhood education.

• Invest in school buildings, either through state funds or bonds.

• Promote healthy habits to reduce childhood obesity in Cumberland County.


NICHOLAS MAVODONES will answer questions from Press Herald readers during an hour-long live chat with the candidate starting at noon today. Go to www.pressherald.com to participate.



He helped lead the effort to build the East End Community School and co-wrote the city’s current housing plan, which he said has led to hundreds of diverse housing units.

He also said that being part-time mayor and having a full-time job – he’s the operations manager for Casco Bay Lines – has hindered him in some ways.

When he was sworn in as mayor last year, he promised a series of neighborhood meetings to get public input on the direction of the city. His schedule prevented that from happening, he said.

“I think I have the experience that none of the other candidates has,” he said, “and as full-time mayor, I can capitalize on that even more.”

City Councilor Dory Waxman, who’s endorsing Mavodones, said he has “the unique ability to bring people together.”

He is handling essentially three major jobs, she said: He’s the mayor, he’s running for mayor, and he’s fulfilling the duties of his day job at Casco Bay Lines.

“Who could do that and be even-keeled and pleasant and diplomatic and on time and still find a way to get things done? Not many people I know,” she said. “I just think he’s the solidest guy in government and Portland, and he’s been dedicated to making Portland better for a long time.”

Staff Writer Jason Singer can be contacted at 791-6437 or at: jsinger@pressherald.com

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