2014-09-12 / Front Page

Ballots set in Cape, South Portland

By Duke Harrington
Contributing Writer

With Monday’s deadline for the submission of nomination papers now passed, the ballot is set for local elections in South Portland and Cape Elizabeth.

In South Portland, Mayor Gerard Jalbert’s decision to forgo a reelection bid guarantees at least one new face on the city council. That person, coming from westernmost District 5, will either be Rollins Way resident Brad Fox, or Rolla “Adrian” Dowling, of Brickhill Avenue. Fox, a former alternative school principal in California, is now an education consultant, according to his profile on the professional networking site, LinkedIn. Dowling has served on the city’s Jetport Noise Advisory Committee and the Comprehensive Plan Implementation Committee.

On the opposite side of the city, in District 1, self-employed carpenter Michael Pock of Grand Street will seek his first full term on the council, following his election in March 2013 to finish out the to finish out the term vacated by Tom Coward, who was elected as a Cumberland County commissioner. Also vying for the seat is School Street resident Claude Morgan, who lists his occupation on LinkedIn as collections manager at Ocean Communities Federal Credit Union. A former city councilor, Morgan was mayor from 2006-2007.

School board member Rick Carter, who lost to Pock by two votes in a four-way race, took out nomination papers for a second run, but did not return them by Monday’s filing deadline.

Running unopposed for reelection to a third term on the city council from District 2 is Patti Smith, who served as South Portland mayor from 2011-2012.

Three people will be running for two at-large seats on the South Portland Board of Education, including incumbents Karen Callaghan of Alfred Street and Mary House of Elderberry Drive. Challenging them will be Christopher Hershey of Fairlawn Avenue. Callaghan is seeking her third full term on the school board, having originally been appointed to finish out an unexpired term in 2007. House, tapped by the council from among six applicants to finish an unexpired term in 2012, is seeking her first full three-year term.

Meanwhile, it’s also a three-way race for two board of education seats in Cape Elizabeth. Incumbents Joanna Morrissey and Elizabeth Scifres will face off against Fox Hill Road resident Barbara Powers. Powers, a longtime teacher in Cape, recently retired as superintendent of the Falmouth School Department.

On Cape’s town council, there are two candidates for two seats, including incumbent Kathy Ray and Sea Barn Road resident Patricia Grennon. Baring anything unforeseen, Grennon will take her place on the council following the Nov. 5 vote. Incumbent David Sherman chose to sit out the race.

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