City Council District 1: Candidates discuss their top priorities, their favorite local businesses, and other thoughts about Portland

By Emma Halas-O’Connor

I reached out to all 5 candidates running for Portland’s District 1 (that’s the penninsula from High Street all the way to the Eastern Prom plus the Casco Bay Islands), and managed to connect with 4 of them to fill out our VEB City Council Candidate Questionnaire. City Councilor Kevin Donaghue has held this seat since 2006 and is now ready to retire, leaving the 5 competing for the seat.

A couple things that the candidates have in common: They all talk about a need for a thoughtful approach to Portland’s growth, and all are opposed to the $15/hour minimum wage that is Question 1 on the municipal ballot (although almost all say they’re in favor of the minimum wage ordinance recently passed by the City Council, and would support a statewide $12/hour minimum wage.)


Click on each candidate’s name to see their complete questionnaire. For a more in-depth profile on each candidate, check out the Forecaster’s article on this race.

Belinda Ray — Freelance writer, editor, and co-founder of the East Bayside Neighborhood Association

Brendan Mazer — General Counsel for Shipyard Brewing Company who lives on the Eastern Promenade

Paula Guillemette Agopian — Former treasurer of the Working Waterfront Coalition and Munjoy resident

Sean Kerwin — Builder and Attorney who lives in Bayside

Patrick Flynn — Peakes Islander and retired Portland city firefighter (we have not been able to track him down to send him a questionnaire yet).