City of South Portland
General Municipal Election
November 2, 2021
Offices for Election
Requirements & Resources
List of Candidates
Nomination Paper Deadlines
Nomination Petition Signature Requirements
Petition Reminders & Requirements
Campaign Finance Reporting
- City Councilor - District 3, District 4 (for 3 year term)
- School Board - District 3, 4, 5 (for 3 year term)
Candidates running for City Council and School Board are voted on "At Large", which means all registered voters of the City vote on these races.
- All candidates for School Board or City Council must reside in and be registered to vote in the city district for the office you are running for and remain as such for the duration of your term. (City Charter).
- Those running for City Council may not hold office of emolument or profit nor any position of employment in any city department, including but not limited to the department of education, whether full or part time. (City Charter).
- If running for School Board, please be aware of the School Department's nepotism policy, found in the Master Policy Book.
Holding public office is a large time commitment and responsibility. Those interested in running for office, particularly for City Council, should review the helpful information posted on Maine Municipal Association's "Running for Local Office".
Candidates will want to be familiar with the duties, rules, and policies of the office before deciding to run for office. Prior to the inauguration ceremony (1st Monday in December), newly elected Councilors will receive on-boarding with the City Manager and City Clerk, and will be encouraged to attend the "Elected Officials Workshop" training hosted by Maine Municipal Association.
Wardens & Ward Clerks:
If you have any questions regarding eligibility or duties of the offices above, please contact the City Clerk.
As prospective candidates take out nomination papers, their names, address, office for which they are running, date which nomination papers were taken out, and date which nomination papers were returned will be posted here.
Should a prospective candidate return enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot, that information will be indicated in the last column.
Per Charter, the political party (if any) of candidates do not appear on the ballot and are not posted here. Candidates are not required to be enrolled in a political party in order to qualify for local office and voters do not need to be enrolled in a political party to receive a ballot.
|Office||Name of Candidate||Address||Date Papers Taken Out||Date Papers Returned||Qualified for Ballot? (Y/N)|
**This list will be updated weekly.***
- Nomination papers will be available starting at 8:00 A.M. on Monday, July 26, 2021.
- Nomination papers may be filed no earlier than 8:00 A.M. on Monday, August 23, 2021.
- Nomination papers must be filed no later than 4:30 P.M. on Friday, September 3, 2021.
All nomination papers are issued and filed with the City Clerk,
located at City Hall, 25 Cottage Road.
- Candidates running for City Council or School Board need 100 qualified signatures of registered voters of the city. The Charter indicates not less than 100 or more than 300 signatures. It is recommended that you turn in at least 130 to 150 signatures as some of the signers may not be registered voters or may have already signed and qualified another candidate. We have provided you with 8 petition sheets with 25 lines on each page. If you would like more, we would be happy to provide them to you upon request. (City Charter [Sec.] 1004. Nominations.)
Tips for Signature Collection during COVID-19:
- A voter may only sign nomination papers for one candidate for each office per district, or two candidates when two at large seats are available. (City Charter [Sec.] 1004. Nominations.)
- The petition circulator must witness the signature of each person who signs. Circulators should not leave petitions in stores, businesses, etc. to be picked up later. Each circulator must fill out this form on the back of the petition sheets they circulated. The circulator must sign the sheet in the presence of a notary. This can be done in the Clerks’ Office free of charge.
- It is unlawful to sign another person’s name to a petition (this includes the signature of one’s spouse).
- The Clerks’ Office strongly recommends that candidates do not wait until the deadline to turn in petitions. If there should be a problem with the petitions, there may not be enough time for the candidate to correct the problem.
Maine Election Law requires municipal candidates in cities and towns with a population of 15,000 or more to disclose their campaign contributions and expenditures, to comply with contribution limitations and prohibitions, and to meet other requirements of the law. In South Portland, every candidate must register with the Clerk before accepting any campaign contributions or making any campaign expenditures. Please review the "2020 Municipal Candidates Guide" for more information. Registration forms are included in your nomination packet, and must be returned with your nomination paperwork even if you choose to exempt from collecting or spending campaign finances. If you choose to accept or spend campaign funds, you must file reports with the Clerk's office.
- Candidate Registration Form (November 2020)
- Candidate Filing Schedule (November 2020)
- Candidate Campaign Finance Report (November 2020)
For more information and forms regarding campaign finance, please visit the Maine Ethics Commission website here: https://www.maine.gov/ethics/resources%20for/municipal%20candidates-committees
The City adopts the regulations set by the Maine Department of Transportation regarding the placement of temporary signs in the "public right of way" (ROW). Maine Department of Transportation letter to candidates regarding placement of temporary signs.
Reference to State Temporary Sign Law: http://legislature.maine.gov/statutes/23/title23sec1913-A.html
The placement of campaign signs is also governed under State Election Law: https://legislature.maine.gov/statutes/21-A/title21-Asec682.html
A few general guidelines:
• Signs may be placed in the public ROW for a maximum of 12 weeks in a calendar year.
• The same sign may not be placed closer than 30’ from one another.
• Signs may not be placed within 250’ feet of polling places on Election Day, including City Hall while absentee voting is ongoing (30 days before Election Day).
• Signs may not be placed in public rights of way of less than 6’ wide (such as small medians).
• Signs may not be placed in roundabouts or rotaries (including the roundabout in Knightville).
• Signs may not be placed on or obstruct the view of traffic signals or signs or traffic safety equipment or block paths or roads. Signs may not be placed on telephone poles.
• Signs placed in the public ROW may not exceed 4 feet by 8 feet in size.
• On private property, signs may be erected at any time with landowner’s permission. Signs placed outside the public ROW must not exceed 50 square feet in size. Signs placed without permission on private property may be removed by the landowner.
All temporary signs must indicate the name and address of the individual, entity or organization that placed them, and the date the signs were placed.
Campaign signs must clearly and conspicuously state that the communication has been authorized and must clearly state the name of the person who made or financed the expenditure. There are few exceptions. (See Chapter 8 of the 2020 Municipal Candidate’s Guide).
Each year, the City Clerk receives several complaints about signs that are improperly placed or do not contain the required information. Please ensure your signs are properly marked with the required information – the name, address and date of posting can be done in a small sticker placed on the back of the sign, while it is typical to have the campaign authorization and finance information printed in smaller print on the bottom front of the sign. Signs placed in public right of way that violate the laws and/or do not contain the required information may be removed. Please make a plan to keep track of the signs you place, and be sure to collect them as soon as possible after the election – many times candidates choose to reuse their signs for future elections. Signs that are left up 6 weeks after their posted date will be removed.