2015-11-20 / Front Page

New city leaders decided

By Duke Harrington
Staff Writer

Councilor Tom Blake was the unanimous choice of the South Portland City Council to be the next mayor, in a caucus vote held Nov. 9.

"I appreciate the support of the council and the community as serving as its mayor,” Blake said via email Tuesday. “To have this honor a third time truly humbles me. I will give my utmost effort to bring the council together so we positively and productively address the many issues facing our great community."

Blake is the fourth person in the past 30 years to serve a third term as mayor. Other recent triple-hitters include Ralph Howard, who served in 1988, 1990 and 1992; Linda Boudreau, who was mayor in 1996, 1999 and 2004; and James Soule, elected in 1991, 1993 and 2008. Blake previously was mayor of South Portland in 2009 and 2013. Like the previous mayors, his 2016 term will include most of December of the previous year.

The inauguration ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, in council chambers at city hall. Following the formal vote and swearing-in of Blake, a similar ceremony will be held to select the next chairman of the South Portland Board of Education.

At their caucus last week, school board members elected to stick with the status quo, tapping Richard Matthews and Mary House to remain in place as chairman and vice chairman.

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