Greens enter Portland, Maine’s first mayoral race; hope for boost from IRV

From the Portland Daily Sun:

Portland this year embarks on an elected-mayor campaign that replaces a council-appointed mayor with one elected to an at-large seat. Through a city charter change, voters also will choose their next mayor through rank choice voting, where if any candidate falls short of a majority, then the “second choice” votes come into play in the tabulation.

MacMillan is working on the mayoral campaign for Portland’s David Marshall, an incumbent city councilor and Green Party member seeking the elected-mayor office. Another Maine Green Party member, former state legislator John Eder of Portland, announced in February his candidacy for the Mayor of Portland.

Green Party members said rank choice allows people to vote their conscience instead of feeling they’re casting a vote on a potential “spoiler” who could drain votes away from one of the two major parties.



  1. I can’t help but think that John Eder will be a formidable candidate. I also can’t help but wonder what is in the water in Portland. I think we need to put all their activists and members on a bus and send them on a nation wide “This is how you do it” tour! Go get ‘em Portland Maine Green Independents!

  2. I mentioned David in this article: http://freeindependentsun.com/republic/first-green-party-mp-in-canada-and-greens-in-upcoming-u-s-elections/

    It looks like we are doing well locally, and shouldn’t slack on the effort, but it is time to get into gear for electing a Green to Congress in 2012 (if Ian doesn’t win this month).

    First Green MP in UK, First Green MP in Canada. We need to follow this momentum.

    We should try to get a candidate in 100% of Senate and House races in 2012. As a national effort, that should be our goal.

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