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Friday, March 25, 2011

Portland Daily Sun

Marshall to announce mayoral run

In a press event scheduled for Monday, City Councilor David Marshall is expecting to formally announce his candidacy for mayor of Portland.

"I'm going to explain my vision for the city and just talk about some of the accomplishments I've had on City Council," Marshall said Thursday in an interview. The announcement is scheduled at a press conference 9 a.m. Monday at City Hall.

A registered Green Independent, Marshall is the first sitting councilor to announce a run for the mayor's office.

The mayor's position, newly created by public vote, is a nonpartisan office and has attracted a diverse range of candidates. Marshall is part of a field of candidates that include Republican Erick Bennett, who announced last Monday he's running for mayor.

Other potential candidates who have picked up candidate registration forms for the mayor's race include Zouhair Bouzrara, Charles Bragdon, Jed Rathband and Christopher Vail. Rathband announced his run in recent months.

Marshall said he has shown he can get things done as an elected official.

In 2006, Marshall first won election to the City Council and won re-election in 2009, "with a platform based on the growing the creative economy, sustainability and neighborhood empowerment for the next generation of economic growth," Marshall reported in a press release.

"I'm dedicated to the city, I've been a homeowner here for over 10 years, I have a business on Congress Street downtown and I'm fully committed to seeing Portland recover from the economy and see it become competitive nationally and internationally," he said.

Asked how he would interact with new Republican Gov. Paul LePage, Marshall said he doesn't support the governor's policies, but that "as an independent person who does not have ties to the major parties," he would be able to work with either party.

In his release, Marshall ticked off a list of accomplishments, including: initiating the successful change to reinstate elections for the mayor; originating the Creative Economy Tax Increment Financing District, which received the Innovations in American Government Bright Idea Award from Harvard University; chairing the Skatepark Committee to raise funds, design and construct the Portland Skatepark; stewarding the Energy Service Contract to create green jobs and save $1.5 million in energy each year by investing $9.4 million into 45 municipal buildings; leading the defeat of a proposed moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries and authoring the zoning to permit dispensaries; advocating against locating the JFK Aircraft Carrier as a floating musuem next to the Eastern Waterfront; negotiating the relocation of West End Community Policing to the Reiche Community Center; creating Green Building Codes for municipal buildings and tax assisted developments; coordinating opposition to block an earmark that would have funded the widening of I-295 through the Portland peninsula; organizing a statewide effort to fund the Amtrak Downeaster Train and extend it to Brunswick; empowering the St. John Valley Neighborhood to plan improvements, form an association and secure funds for streetscape investments; securing investments in the Reiche Community Center; and co-chairing the Creative Economy Steering Committee, which resulted in the formation of Creative Portland, a quasi-governmental nonprofit dedicated to the creative economy.

Candidate registration forms allow hopefuls for office to record their campaign donations, in compliance with the Campaign Reports and Finances Law, according to Kathy Jones, acting city clerk.
Nomination papers are not available until July 1. When the nomination documents become available, at least 300 signatures will be needed for a candidate to successfully file for office, Jones explained. The filing period is from Aug. 15 to Aug. 29, she said.

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