All Portland City Council, School Board elections to be contested

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There will be a crowded field in the Nov. 3 municipal elections after candidates for City Council and School Board turned in nomination papers by the Aug. 24 deadline.

Mark Dion, who is a former state senator and gubernatorial candidate, and former City Councilor John Coyne are both running for the City Council in District 5. Also on the ballot for the seat held by Councilor Kimberly Cook, who chose not to seek a second term, are Kenneth Capron and Kathryn Sykes.

Andrew Zarro, Rosemary Mahoney, and Katherine Hulit turned in papers for the City Council in District 4, where incumbent Councilor Justin Costa decided not to seek reelection.

Costa and three other candidates – Ronald Gan, Laura Kelley, and April Fournier – qualified to run for the at-large seat being vacated by Councilor Jill Duson.

On the School Board, three candidates qualified to be on the ballot for an at-large seat: Yusuf Yusuf, Stacey Hang, and Nyalat Biliew. Incumbent Mark Balfantz did not take out nomination papers.

In District 4, where incumbent Timothy Atkinson did not take out nomination papers, the candidates are Aura Russell-Bedder and Christopher Vail.

And in District 5, two candidates qualified for the ballot: Jeffrey Irish and Anthony Emerson. The seat is currently held by Marnie Morrione, who did not take out papers.