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Portland, Maine mayoral election, 2015

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Portland, Maine mayoral election, 2015

The 2015 Portland, Maine mayoral election was an election for Mayor of Portland, Maine scheduled for November 3, 2015. It was the second election since Portland voters approved a citywide referendum changing the city charter to recreate an elected mayor position in 2010.


The new citizen-elected mayor serves full-time in the position for a four-year term, exercises the powers and duties enumerated in Article II Section 5 of the Portland City Charter, be elected using instant-runoff voting, and, like the rest of municipal government in Portland, be officially non-partisan. Ethan Strimling defeated incumbent Mayor Michael F. Brennan and fellow challenger Tom MacMillan.

Official candidates

  • Michael Brennan, incumbent Mayor of Portland and Back Cove resident
  • Tom MacMillan, Portland chair of the Maine Green Independent Party and Parkside resident
  • Ethan Strimling, former State Senator, political pundit, and West End resident
  • Failed to make ballot

  • Christopher Vail, North Deering resident, Portland firefighter
  • Declined

  • Jill Duson, At-large City Councilor and candidate for Mayor in 2011
  • Cheryl Leeman, former City Councilor for District 4 (1984-2014) and former Mayor (1988-1989; 2000-2001)
  • Jon Hinck, At-large City Councilor, former State Representative, and candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2012
  • David Marshall, City Councilor for District 2 and candidate for Mayor in 2011
  • Nicholas Mavodones, At-large City Councilor, former Mayor (1999-2000; 2006-2007; 2010-2011), and candidate for Mayor in 2011 (endorsed Strimling)
  • Jed Rathband, political consultant and candidate for Mayor in 2011
  • Edward Suslovic, City Councilor for District 3, former Mayor (2007-2008), and former State Representative (endorsed Strimling)
  • Campaign

    The day after Ethan Strimling announced his candidacy for Mayor, a group of city councilors and school board members led by Nicholas Mavodones announced their opposition to the reelection of Mayor Brennan and support of Strimling. Mavodones cited division within the city and city government as well as an atmosphere of frustration under Brennan's leadership.

    Election results

    Election Night Results


    Portland, Maine mayoral election, 2015 Wikipedia

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