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Three School Board Seats Up for Election Nov. 6

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Three School Board Seats Up for Election Nov. 6
Posted on 10/09/2018
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Three Portland Board of Public Education seats are up for election on Nov. 6. Veteran school board member Sarah Thompson is seeking re-election to her at-large seat for a fifth term on the board. The candidates running for the District 1 and District 2 seats would be newcomers to the school board.

Emily Figdor and Jeanne Swanton are vying for the District 2 seat, which is being vacated by Holly Seeliger, who is not running for re-election.

Both Figdor and Swanton were co-founders of Protect Our Neighborhood Schools, a grassroots organization that led a successful campaign to get Portland voters to approve a $64 million bond in November 2017 to renovate four of the city’s aging elementary schools. Both have been very involved with the Portland Public Schools as parents and volunteers.

Figdor, a campaign director at MoveOn, has 20 years of experience in public policy and organizing. Swanton has been involved with a variety of community organizations and served on the district’s Buildings and Facilities Task Force.

Thompson faces no opponent on the ballot for her seat. First elected in 2006, Thompson is a nursing student placement systems administrator at Maine Medical Center.

The District 1 seat is currently held by Jenna Vendil, who is not seeking re-election. Abusana "Micky" Bondo is running unopposed for that seat. Bondo, a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo, came to this country in 1996 and is a community leader and volunteer. She is co-founder of In Her Presence, a new nonprofit organization focused on empowering immigrant women.

Absentee voting in Portland began Oct. 9. The City Clerk’s office has begun conducting absentee voting by mail, phone or in person. People wishing to vote in person can do so at City Hall in the State of Maine Room on the 2nd floor. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, for any resident wishing to register to vote or vote by absentee. Residents can also request an absentee ballot be mailed to them. Election Day this year is Tuesday, Nov. 6, and all polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information on voting in Portland, click HERE.