Scarborough will hold an election to fill the vacancy on City Council

Scarborough Town Hall

SCARBOROUGH —There is one vacancy on the seven-member Scarborough City Council. Board Chairman John Cloutier has received a letter of resignation from Board Member Paul Johnson.

On March 30, Scarborough City Council held a special meeting to address the vacancy after council member Paul Johnson resigned from council last month. The board met to set dates for the availability of nomination papers and an election to fill the seat. It will take place on June 14.

“We didn’t have much time. We weren’t anticipating Paul’s resignation that way,” said board chairman John Cloutier. “We knew he was looking for another opportunity, but we weren’t sure it would happen so quickly. Our flaw was trying to get the information out to the public as quickly as possible.”

City Clerk Tody Justice told the meeting that she had requested that the special election be held during the city’s budget election and coincide with the school’s budget validation referendum and the city’s primary. state on June 14. Having two separate elections would cost the city more and could impact voter turnout, she said.

“I made the request with voters in mind, and it just made sense,” Justice said. “Having two elections so close together could confuse voters and negatively impact overall voter turnout.”

She also said that holding the referendum and the election of a new councilor on June 14 would reduce voting costs.

To fill the vacant seat, an election could also have been held as early as May 23, 60 days after Johnson retired.

Nominations for the vacant City Council seat are currently available.

Johnson resigned to accept a position with the Greater Portland Council of Governments. According to a previous statement, Johnson’s new one works as a senior director of economic development.

“I look forward to bringing my experience with local government and small business to GPCOG,” Johnson said. “This position provides the opportunity to help our member communities make the most of proposed developments, strengthen great neighborhoods and places while supporting existing small businesses on Main Street.”

According to a previous statement by GPCOG, Johnson’s new duties will include managing the agency’s revolving loan program and developing a new GPCOG service, providing planning services to cities, towns and developers to help create good jobs. . Johnson will debut at the GPCOG on May 23.

“In his work on city council, envisioning and planning the development of Scarborough Downs – one of the largest in southern Maine – Paul found ways to connect the community perspective with business needs. . As a long-time small business owner, Paul has the knowledge and experience to support small employers across our region,” said GPCOG CEO Kristina Egan. “We couldn’t be happier to add his many abilities to our talented team.”

The June 14 election will take place at Scarborough High School located at 11 Municipal Drive from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Ballots are not yet available; however, you can request absentee ballots early online to have one sent to you at https://www.scarboroughmaine.org/departments/town-clerk/elections/

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