Two incumbent city councilors in Portland were defeated at the polls Tuesday, while an incumbent school board member was narrowly re-elected thanks to a boost from absentee voters.

At-Large City Councilor Jon Hinck lost in a landslide to Pious Ali, a school board member and immigrant from Ghana, while Councilor Edward Suslovic lost by more than 300 votes to Brian Batson, a political newcomer and 25-year-old nurse who moved to Portland about a year ago.

In the District 3 council race, Batson, 25, jumped out to an early 600-vote lead Tuesday evening over Suslovic, 56. The incumbent made a surge after absentee ballots were counted, but ended up losing by more than 342 votes.

Batson ran as the more progressive candidate who opposed last year’s move to transition HIV-positive health care from the city-run India Street Public Health Center to the federally qualified health center now known as Greater Portland Health.

Batson could not be reached immediately for comment.

Suslovic congratulated Batson and said he was proud of his achievements as councilor, noting that one of his favorite sayings is “you can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.”

“I’ve never shied away from taking strong positions on controversial issues,” he said. “I guess a broke a few too many eggs.”

Meanwhile, in the at-large race, Pious Ali jumped out to an early lead over Councilor Jon Hinck, an attorney and former state legislator. Ali maintained that lead throughout the night, finishing with nearly 63 percent of the vote in a three-way race. Ali earned 21,010 votes to Hinck’s 6,840 and homeless Libertarian Matthew Coffey’s 5,720 votes.

“This is their victory,” Ali said of his volunteers. “I’m not surprised by the victory but I am humbled by it. I know I put in a lot of work.”

Ali, a 47-year-old who worked as a photojournalist in Ghana before coming to the United States in 2000, was elected to the Portland Board of Education in 2013, becoming the first African-born Muslim to hold elective office in Maine. Voters said he would add a new perspective to the council.

“I think he’s reflective of the changing nature of Portland,” said John Hull, a 62-year-old retiree who has lived in Portland for 25 years.

Sada Kandkindi, who declined to give her age, said she believes that electing Ali would set a good example for other immigrants. “As an immigrant, if you can come to this country and do good, that set’s a good example,” she said.

Ali raised over $24,000 in his campaign to unseat Hinck. The 47-year-old Pearl Street resident was endorsed by Mayor Ethan Strimling, who cut a radio ad and an automated phone message on behalf of the challenger.

Hinck, 62, is a former state legislator who also ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate. He is well known in the city and raised about $4,000.

Meanwhile, incumbent Laurie Davis narrowly defeated challenger William L. Linnell in the District 3 race for the Portland Board of Education. After absentee ballots were counted late Tuesday, Davis earned nearly 51 percent of the vote, beating Linnell, 3,270 to 3,169.

District 3 covers the Rosement, Oakdale, Libbytown and Stroudwater neighborhoods.

Anna Trevorrow, a 34-year-old assistant court clerk, and Roberto Rodriguez, a 37-year-old physical therapist, were elected to won at-large seats on the Portland Board of Education in uncontested races.

Democrats won across the board in Portland’s legislative races.

Democrat Rep. Benjamin Chipman won a three-way race to succeed Sen. Justin Alfond in Maine Senate District 27 seat in the Maine Senate. Chipman had 67 percent of the vote with all precincts reporting, leading Green-Independent Seth Baker and Republican Adam Pontius.

Democrat Mark Dion, a 61-year-old lawyer, won by a large margin in the Senate District 28 seat in the Senate over Republican Karen Usher, of Westbrook, who did not campaign. In five contested races House races: Democratic Rep. Matthew Moonen won the House District 38 seat over Republican Thomas Loring, 4,266 to 764; Democrat Michael Sylvester won the House District 39 race over Republican Peter Doyle, 4,313 to 940; incumbent Democratic Rep. Eric Jorgensen won the House District 41 over Republican James Azzola, 4,016 to 923; Democrat Benjamin Collings beat Republican Susan Ambercrombie, 3,398 to 2,309, in House District 42; and Democrat Heather Sanborn beat Republican Jeffrey Langholtz, 3,599 to 1,948, in House District 43.

Democrats elected in three uncontested House races were Denise Harlow in District 36, incumbent Richard Farnsworth in District 37, and Rachel Talbot-Ross in District 40.

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