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 — 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.

“I’m not the type of person to take things lying down – I will speak

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