PORTLAND — Former state Sen. Ethan Strimling this week joined the crowded field of potential candidates to become the city’s first elected mayor in more than 80 years.

Strimling, a Democrat, is the executive director of LearningWorks, a nonprofit group that provides education assistance to immigrants and  low-income and at-risk students in Portland’s West End. He has also been a political analyst on two local TV stations.

Strimling is the 19th resident to announce intention to run. Mayoral candidates must collect 300-500 valid signatures from registered city voters and return them to City Hall by Aug. 21.

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