Join us at the polls on Tuesday, November 7th

With every new year comes new chance to voice your opinion at the polls. The Portland Democratic Campaign Committee (PDCC) feels it is important we provide as much information and as many resources as possible to provide you with a knowledgeable and informed decision when it comes time to cast your vote for your local candidates and questions. Here, you will find a living document where Portland voters can come to find their district, polling location, local ballot questions, City Council and School Board candidates.

Find Your District and Polling Location

If you live in Portland, then you can enter your address below to find your district and polling location. Simply enter your building number and street name below. Example: 34 Gray St.




View Your Sample Ballot

Choose your district below to download a sample version of your local ballot. These versions include all copy for each ballot question.

District 1, 2, or 3
District 4
District 5
Peaks Island
Cliff and Great Diamond Islands

Get to Know the Candidates

Every candidate who has registered to run in this upcoming election is listed below by district and seat in which they are running for. The candidates have provided their own short blurb which they feel describes themselves and their candidacy the best. These blurbs have neither been written, nor endorsed by the PDCC.

At-Large



Jill Duson
City Council Candidate – At-Large
I’ve worked to build a Portland where our diversity is our strength, where businesses and workers can thrive, where our children receive the enriching, enabling education they deserve, and where we can overcome any obstacle that may arise. I’m asking Portland voters to re-elect me to continue this work. We are closer than ever to being the Portland we know we can be, and together, there’s nothing we can’t achieve. We Are Portland!


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Joey Brunelle
City Council Candidate – At-Large
Joey Brunelle helped lead the movement to save the India Street Clinic, which served over 200 patients with HIV. He has been an advocate for affordable housing, fairer property taxes, repairing our neighborhood schools, and government transparency. He has made clean elections a central issue in his campaign, refusing contributions from out-of-state, PACs and real estate developers. He is the only candidate running at-large who supports the rent stabilization referendum. He would be the first openly-LGBTQ city councilor in a decade. He has been endorsed by six current or former neighborhood organization presidents, as well as Rep. Mike Sylvester.


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Bree LaCasse
City Council Candidate – At-Large
Bree LaCasse led the effort that saved Congress Square Park, providing the vision and action to transform the neglected public space into a vibrant community gathering place. A product of the Portland public schools and Bowdoin College, she understands the opportunities during this time of rapid change as well as the pressures that long-time Portlanders are feeling. She works in affordable housing and is ready to lead on the most pressing issue in the city. Bree is a collaborative, thoughtful leader with the skills and experience to listen and learn, to bring people together and solve big problems. Bree is a leader in the effort to rennovate all four elementary schools.


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Mark Balfantz
School Board Candidate – At-Large
As the father of two children who will one day enter the Portland Public Schools, I have a vested interest in the well-being of our schools. Serving at-large on the Portland School Board, I will ensure that Portland is on a sustainable path to educate its students so they may learn from our best teachers in classrooms that are safe. I will promote a curriculum that encourages students to think critically and beyond the test. I will work for your children, my children, and all of Portland.


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District 4



Kim Rich
City Council Candidate – District 4
After the presidential election, I left my full time job determined to get involved in politics. I recently worked with concerned neighbors on the Old City Landfill’s environmental hazards and the City Manager now promises to complete appropriate remediation. I’m currently Vice President of the North Deering Neighborhood Association and a member of the Mayor’s Neighborhood Round Table. I’ve worked for many humanitarian organizations including the Peace Corps, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and The Restorative Justice Institute. As a native Portlander and District 4 homeowner, I believe that the City Council must be more attentive to its citizens and make this a great city for everyone!


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Justin Costa
City Council Candidate – District 4
Justin Costa is the sitting City Councilor for District 4, and the first Democrat to represent the district in 30 years. As Councilor, Justin has been a leading champion of the plan to renovate 4 elementary schools. He sponsored Portland’s minimum wage ordinance, the extension of benefits for asylum seekers, and worked on numerous other issues. Prior to being elected to the Council, Justin served 6 years on the School Board and was instrumental in increasing the school budget, particularly in his 2 years as Finance Chair. He’s served on nearly every subcommittee of the Council and the School Board.


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Tim Atkinson
School Board Candidate – District 4
To build a thriving tomorrow for Portland, we must ensure that every student in our care feels included, valued and invested in their learning experience—that basic needs are met and no student feels less than a full member of the school community. Every student needs opportunities, resources and guidance to find and explore the passion that will give their lives direction—whether that’s computer science, comic books or choreography. As the proud husband of a kindergarten teacher and father of a new kindergartener, I believe completely in the power of public education to transform lives and communities.


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District 5



Marpheen Chann-Berry
City Council Candidate – District 5
The son of refugees and adopted son of a white, working class family in Maine, Marpheen is a first-generation, LGBT Asian-American running on a platform of property tax relief for seniors, a good education for our kids, and a thriving, fair economy that works for everyone. Marpheen decided to run because he believes the city is at a pivotal point where it has to decide whether it will be a city only tourists and wealthy out-of-staters can afford, or a city for everyone – workers, teachers, police officers, firefighters, young people and seniors and retirees.


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Craig Dorais
City Council Candidate – District 5
I grew up in a hard working lower income family that made me sensitive to others in similar and worse situations. I’ve observed how to just get by for working class people has become harder and harder to the point of being nearly impossible. This trend cannot continue without disaster. To fix this we need people that care to be involved. We need people that are concerned not only about the society of today but for its future. Therefore, I’ve decided to be one of the ‘we’ to be involved in preventing that disaster and run for Portland City Council.



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Kimberly Cook
City Council Candidate – District 5
Kim has been an active member of the community for the past 15 years serving on a number of city boards and commissions. She has 3 sons who attend Portland public schools. Kim is an attorney whose practice focuses on government and community relations mainly working with nonprofit and public sector clients in the areas of affordable housing, health care, and agriculture. She is running to keep Portland a vibrant, safe and affordable place for all of us. She has been endorsed by numerous Democrats including Justin Alfond, Heather Sanborn, Erik Jorgensen, Mark Dion, and 4 current or former City Councilors.


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Marnie Morrione
School Board Candidate – District 5
As District 5 Board of Education representative for nine years, I believe I am the best qualified to continue this important work. I have always put students first. From advocating for school renovations as co-chair of the Facilities Task Force to serving as Board Chair while hiring our new superintendent, I have worked well with our Board, City Council, families and our community to ensure the best decisions are made for all students. Serving on the Board’s committees throughout the years has provided me with institutional knowledge. I promise to always listen and work collaboratively to move Portland schools forward.


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Peaks Island & Water District



Stephen Anderson
Peaks Island Council




Gary W. Libby
Water District Trustee
Gary W. Libby is a lawyer and life-long Portland resident who was raised in a blue-collar Portland family as the son of a union firefighter. I was first elected to the Portland Water District’s Board of Trustees in 1994 and while on the board I have spearheaded efforts to keep the District’s expenses as low as possible. In my last term, I was a prime advocate for switching the Portland waste water treatment facility from fuel oil to natural gas, with a fuel oil back up, which is estimated to result in an annual savings of about $140,000.”I have also been a leader in protecting the Sebago Lake watershed by partnering with conservation minded land owners and other environmental organizations and land trusts to use conservation easements to keep ecologically important land from being developed. That effort has drawn national praise from the American Water Works Association.


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Understand the Ballot Questions

Below are the local ballot questions which every voter in Portland will see in their district. While questions like these can often be written in way which is difficult to understand, seeing them here should give you time to decipher the language.

Question 1
“Do you favor the change in the City Ordinance(s) proposed by citizen petition as provided below?”
“Ammendment to the Portland City Code: Chapter 6: Rent Stabilization and Protection of Tenants’ Rights.”

SUMMARY:
This proposed ordinance:
1. Places limitations on terminating a tenancy
2. Sets limitations on rent increases; and
3. Creates a seven (7) member board appointed by the City Council.

Question 2
“Do you favor the change in the City Ordinance(s) proposed by citizen petition as provided below?”
“Chapter 14 § 58 An Amendment to strengthen zoning protection by allowing resident participation in proposed zoning changes.”

SUMMARY:
This proposed ordinance adds a section to the city land use code that allows registered voters who reside and/or own property within 500 feet of a proposed zone change to object to that change. If 25% of those individuals sign a document objecting no change occur unless the applicant for change files a document signed by a majority of those individuals, within 1,000 feet of the proposed zone change, stating that they agree with the change. If approved, this amendment will be effective retroactively to May 15, 2017.

Question 3
Shall the Order entitled “ORDER APPROVING LONGFELLOW, LYSETH, PRESUMPSCOT, AND REICHE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL RENOVATION PROJECTS WITH TOTAL COSTS NOT TO EXCEED $64,260,136 AND AUTHORIZING GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS THEREFORE, SUBJECT TOT HE CONDITIONS CONTAINED IN THIS ORDER”, with provisions for early redemption as set forth in said Order be Approved?

Question 4
Shall the Order entitled “ORDER APPROVING LYSETH AND PRESUMPSCOT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL RENOVATION PROJECTS WITH TOTAL COSTS NOT TO EXCEED $31,626,000 AND AUTHORIZING GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS THEREFORE, SUBJECT TOT HE CONDITIONS CONTAINED IN THIS ORDER”, with provisions for early redemption as set forth in said Order be Approved?

Request an Absentee Ballot

If you are simply not able to vote on November 7th, there are several options for acquiring and filing an absentee ballot. All five options are listed below.
Absentee requests and absentee voting in the City Clerk’s office will end at 7:00 P.M. on the Thursday prior to Election Day.
All absentee ballots must be returned by 8:00 P.M. on Election Night

Option 1

An Absentee Ballot may be obtained by:
Downloading and filling out an absentee ballot application here.


Application process:
Mail or bring to:
City Clerk- Rm. 203
389 Congress St.
Portland, ME 04101
or Fax to 207-874-8612

Option 2

An Absentee Ballot may be obtained by:
Electronically completing the form provided on Secretary of State’s Website http://www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/AbsenteeBallot/index.pl


Application process:
Secretary of State forwards to City Clerk’s Office

Option 3

An Absentee Ballot may be obtained by:
Calling the City Clerk’s Office at 874-8677 or 874-8610


Application process:
Voter does not need to submit a written application

Option 4

An Absentee Ballot may be obtained by:
An immediate family member requesting in writing for the voter


Application process:
Mail or bring to:
City Clerk- Rm. 203
389 Congress St.
Portland, ME 04101
or Fax to 207-874-8612

Option 5

An Absentee Ballot may be obtained by:
A voter completing an application designating a third party to pick up and return the ballot – the Envelope must be signed by two witnesses


Application process:
Bring the application to the
City Clerk’s Office- Rm. 203
389 Congress St.
Portland, ME 04101