Good evening from the BDN Portland office on Congress Street. If you don’t vote this year, I refuse to be your friend.
Christopher Cousins of the BDN today published this really thorough guide to everything on the state ballot. If you want to know about the referendum questions and catch up on headlines for the congressional race between U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree (D) and her challenger Mark Holbrook (R), read it here. If you want to read some piping-hot takes on the presidential race, just scroll through Facebook for a few minutes until your eyes bleed.
Here in Portland, you also have some local races to decide on.
First, here are some nuts-and-bolts things:
- You have to register to vote, but you can do so now through Election Day. If you want to register at your polling place, bring an ID with your current address, or something official saying who you are (like a hunting/fishing license, Social Security card, birth certificate or state ID) and a piece of mail with your current address on it. More details available here, including information on absentee voting.
- You can vote early until 7 p.m. Thursday at the City Clerk’s office in City Hall.
- The polls are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Election Day.
- Here’s where to vote on Election Day.
- That same link will show you what your state ballot will look like.
- If you need help getting to your polling place, METRO is offering free bus service on Nov. 8.
- Here’s what the municipal ballots look like.
- Here’s a video of a dog freaking out over dolphins.
Now that that’s done, here’s the list of everyone appearing on the ballot in Portland, and links to learn more about them.
District Three (southwestern neighborhoods)
- Brian Batson
- Edward Suslovic (incumbent)
- Batson is in favor of the $70 million bond to fund school repairs. Suslovic has questions about it, The Forecaster reported.
- Batson decided to run after the City Council voted to close down the India Street Clinic, the PPH reported.
At-Large (Everyone votes in this race)
- Pious Ali
- Matthew Coffey
- Jon Hinck (incumbent)
- Hinck was going to run for Senate but forgot the paperwork, BDN reported.
- Ali has raised more money than every other City Council candidate combined, BDN Portland reported.
- The at-large candidates are a diverse bunch, both the PPH and The Forecaster reported.
Roberto Rodriguez and Anna Trevorrow are running unopposed for two at-large seats.
District Three (includes the same neighborhoods as the council race)
- Laurie Davis (incumbent)
- William Linnell
- Linnell is a ‘semi-retired’ carpenter and lobsterman who decided to run based on the conditions of aging elementary schools, The Forecaster reported.
- Both have ‘experience working with older and alternative learners,’ the PPH reported.
Portland Water District
James Willey is running unopposed.
Do you live on Peaks Island?
There are three people running for the three council seats with three-year terms: Lisa Penalver, Patrick Flynn and Stuart Jackson. All run unopposed.
There is a contest between two candidates vying for the two-year seat, though.
- Howard Pedlikin
- Alexander David Stankowicz
- John Dromgoole
There’s also a contest for the Casco Bay Lines director, which has a three-year term, for Peaks Island.
- Twain Braden
- Cheryl Miner
Running uncontested for the positions lines director at-large and lines director for Cliff Island are Charles Burr and David Crowley, respectively.
Now, let’s get to the State House candidates (there’s a bunch of them):
For the big picture, read Michael Shepherd’s analysis from the past weekend. And read Jake’s reporting on how only three of Portland’s State House candidates signed an open government pledge.
State Senate District 27 (The peninsula, Back Cove and islands)
- Seth Baker: Green Independent
- Benjamin Chipman: Democrat
- Adam Pontius: Republican
State Senate District 28 (The western, off-peninsula part of the city)
- Mark Dion: Democrat
- Karen Usher: Republican
State House of Representatives District 38 (The West End)
- Thomas Loring: Republican
- Matthew Moonen: Democrat (Incumbent)
State House of Representatives District 39 (The East End and the islands)
- Peter Doyle: Republican
- Michael Sylvester: Democrat
State House of Representatives District 41 (Between Brighton and Forest avenues, off the peninsula)
- James Azzola: Republican
- Erik Jorgensen: Democrat (Incumbent)
State House of Representatives District 42 (Back Cove and Deering)
- Susan Abercrombie: Republican
- Benjamin Collings: Democrat
State House of Representatives District 43 (North Deering and part of Falmouth)
- Jeffrey Langholtz: Republican
- Heather Sanborn: Democrat
Running unopposed for the State House of Representatives
Democrats Rachel Talbot Ross in District 40; Richard Ransom in District 37; and Denise Harlow in District 36.
What’s a Registrar of Probate?
Maine is one of only a few states to elect an official to handle administrative work for the probate court, which deals with legal matters such as wills, estates, adoptions, guardianships and name changes. Registrar of probate is a paid, full-time job that receives benefits. Running in Cumberland County are:
- Nadeen Daniels of Portland: Democrat
- Jim Hughes of Freeport: Republican
Read this: The Republican candidate thinks it’s silly that this administrative office is elected and is running to change that. He wants to alter the Maine Constitution to make it an appointed position and then resign, Maineley Media reported.