Spencer Thibodeau and Belinda Ray are Portland’s newest city councilors and incumbent Councilor Nicholas Mavodones has been reelected.

Portland voters were asked to pick three city councilors on Tuesday.

Two challengers hoped to unseat Mavodones, an at-large city councilor since 1997.

Matthew Coffey is a 38-year-old landscaper who says he is homeless by choice and wanted to bring commonsense to the council.

David Foster is a 35-year-old multimedia marketing manager at The Great Lost Bear and believes living in the city is becoming too expensive.

Mavodones, 55, is the operations manager at Casco Bay Lines. He said he makes his decisions based on what’s best for the city, not how many people show up to a meeting.


He received 9,754 votes, followed by Foster with 3,153 and Coffey with 2,476.

Five candidates vied to become the next city councilor representing District 1, which includes Munjoy Hill, Bayside, India Street and the islands.

Ray had 1,206 votes, followed by Brandon Mazer with 697 votes, Patrick Flynn with 570 votes, Sean Kerwin with 354 votes and Paula Guillemette Agopian with 230 votes.

Ray, 45, is a freelance writer, teacher and editor, as well as the business manager for North By East Building Co. She helped found the East Bayside Neighborhood Association and served on crime task forces in the community.

Mazer, 29, is general counsel for Shipyard Brewing Co. He thinks the city needs to take a more holistic approach to future growth, rather than responding to specific projects.

Kerwin, 42, is self-employed as a carpenter and builder and would like to see more housing of all types built in the district.


Flynn, 51, is an electrician and retired Portland firefighter, who was stationed on Munjoy Hill and has lived and worked in the district his entire life.

Guillemette Agopian, 64, is a real estate broker who ran for council once before in 1995. She’d like to see permit-only parking on Munjoy Hill.

With 1,352 votes, Thibodeau won a three-way race to represent District 2, the western portion of the peninsula.

Thibodeau, 29, is a real estate attorney at Verrill Dana. He thinks the city needs to focus on fixing its infrastructure.

Following with 1,027 votes was Wells Lyons, 35, the co-owner and general counsel for Rogue Industries.

Rob Korobkin, 31, a part-time computer programming teacher at Baxter Academy, received 938 votes.

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