Suslovic faces unknown in council re-election bid

October 15th, 2013 by admin Leave a reply »

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Suslovic faces unknown in council re-election bid

By Randy Billings
Staff Writer

PORTLAND ā€” This November, Edward Suslovic is looking to break a curse.

Ed Suslovic

Gregory Blouin

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Age: 40

Address: 1520 Congress St.

Occupation: Laborer

Family: Unmarried

Political experience: None

Website: None


Age: 53

Address: 46 Kenwood St.

Occupation: Community development consultant

Family: Married, two daughters and one son

Political experience: Two terms on Portland City Council; one term as a state representative; elected board president of the Greater Portland Council of Governments; board vice president of Greater Portland Metro bus service.

Website: None

Suslovic, a former state representative who has served two nonconsecutive terms as a city councilor, has never won a re-election campaign.

To do so, he will have to ward off a challenge from a political unknown, Gregory Blouin, a 40-year-old laborer who has never before run for political office.

District 3 includes the neighborhoods south of Brighton Avenue and west of St. John Street. The City Council oversees a budget of $215.5 million and sets the bottom line on school spending.

Blouin is the son of state Sen. John Patrick, D-Rumford. His motivation to seek a seat on the council is to target wasteful spending, reduce the fees for adult athletic leagues and to be responsive to constituent concerns.

ā€œIā€™m not the type of person to take things lying down ā€“ I will speak

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