City Council candidates raise nearly $60K in runup to election

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The final round of campaign finance reports before the Nov. 2 city election reveal a continued fundraising advantage for Planning Board Chairman Brandon Mazer.

The eight candidates for three City Council seats raised a total of nearly $60,000 in campaign donations as of Oct. 22.

Brandon Mazer
Brandon Mazer continues to lead all Portland City Council candidates in campaign fundraising. (Portland Phoenix/Jim Neuger)

In the at-large race, Mazer, an attorney at Perkins Thompson, reported $20,775, or more than twice as much as he reported at the previous filing deadline on Sept. 21. Mazer had several large donations, including $500 from Steve DiMillo, owner of DiMillo’s on the Water and a former Charter Commission candidate; $500 from developer Gregory Boulos; $500 from Massachusetts developer Mike Procopio; $500 from MEMIC President and CEO Michael Bourque, and $500 from business owner and real estate developer Stephen Goodrich.

Roberto Rodriguez, a School Board member former board chair, reported just under $3,390. Most of his donations were $100 or less; he received contributions from City Councilor Pious Ali, Charter Commissioner Zack Barowitz, and representatives of Portland Empowered, an advocacy organization for Portland students.

Travis Curran, a 2019 mayoral candidate who works at Maine Craft Distilling, reported having raised $2,237, including $837 in donations of $50 or less. He also donated $500 of his own money and listed $300 in unpaid debt to a texting service for voter outreach.

Stuart Tisdale, an attorney and former teacher at Cheverus High School, reported nearly $9,400. Tisdale received several $500 donations from educators or retired individuals, and he reported $540 in contributions of $50 or less.

In the District 1 race, Bayside Neighborhood Association President Sarah Michniewicz reported $9,065. She had several donations from real estate and development groups, including $500 from Nathan Bateman; $500 from Kevin Bunker; $500 from former Bayside Bowl owner and former state Senate President Justin Alfond; $500 from Jonathan Culley of Redfern Properties; $500 from Massachusetts developer Mike Procopio, and others.

Michniewicz’s opponent, School Board member Anna Trevorrow, reported $3,065. Trevorrow, who has been chair of the School Board and served on the city’s last Charter Commission, mostly received contributions of $100 or less, although she had $500 contributions from former City Councilor David Marshall and from Stonington resident Caitlin Hathaway.

In District 2, attorney and former City Councilor and state Rep. Jon Hinck reported $7,930. Most of Hinck’s contributions ranged from $100-$500 and he reported $480 in donations of $50 or less.  

Hinck’s opponent, Victoria Pelletier, reported just under $3,885. Most of her donations were for $100, although she received one $500 contribution from Kate Sykes, an organizer for the progressive group People First Portland and a board member of former Mayor Ethan Strimling’s political group Swing Hard Turn Left.