PORTLAND — City voters will have a choice when it comes to the next mayor, with incumbent Ethan Strimling facing three challengers in November.

Nine people took out papers for the position and, after Monday’s deadline to file, District 2 City Councilor Spencer Thibodeau, former School Board member Kathleen Snyder and Travis Curran were confirmed as contenders to replace Strimling, who also filed papers.

Thaddeus St. John also returned papers to run for mayor, but lacked the number of necessary signatures to qualify. Joseph Bernatche, Justin Costa, Mark Hodgdon and Ronald Gordius III also took out nomination papers, but did not return signed petitions.

Five candidates are in the race for the District 3 City Council seat held by Councilor Brian Batson, who is not seeking another term. They include former Councilor Edward Suslovic, Tae Chong, Lalah Kargar, Andrew Graham and Andrew Volk.

Incumbent at-large Councilor Pious Ali will be uncontested on the Nov. 5 ballot. Raymondo Rezendes, Kenneth Capron, Scott Patterson and Jessica Falero took out papers, but none of them returned papers by the deadline.

There will be a race for the District 3 School Board seat held by Laurie Davis, who is not seeking re-election. Adam Burk and Samuel Rosenthal are the candidates who qualified.

There won’t be races, however, for two at-large School Board seats. Incumbents Anna Trevorrow and Roberto Rodriguez both returned papers ans have been qualified to seek re-election. Chase Hewitt took out petitions, but didn’t return the papers in time.

Mary Winchester is running for one of the three open Peaks Island Council seats and was the only person to return papers for that office.


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