Three Greens ran in elections in Portland, ME earlier this week for seats on the Portland Charter Commission, a body that will be reviewing the city’s existing charter and proposing changes. 19 candidates in all were on the ballot in a handful of district and at-large races to fill the remaining nine seats on the board.
Brent McMillan from GPUS posted the following results here two days ago:
Ben Chipman won his race for City of Portland Maine Charter Commission District 1. He finished first of two candidates with 314 votes or 62.16%.
Dan Jenkins lost his race for City of Portland Maine Charter Commission District 2. He finished second of two candidates with 252 votes or 45.49%.
Anna Trevorrow won her race for City of Portland Maine Charter Commission At-Large. She finished fourth of eight candidates for four seats with 1,443 votes or 12.77%
You can view the results here: http://www.portlandmaine.gov/voter/..%5Cvoter%5Cresults.pdf
The Portland Press-Herald has an excellent recap of the election and its implications.
Congratulations to the Portland Greens for their victories and good luck in the process! Local politics may not be as “glamorous” as national politics but I would argue that it has a bigger impact on people’s immediate daily lives. We need more Greens taking leadership roles in our local communities.