- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A group of 11 elected officials in Maine’s largest city are coming out in support of the challenger in the city’s upcoming mayoral election.

Mayor Michael Brennan is seeking a second term after becoming Portland’s first popularly elected mayor in 88 years. Ethan Strimling is challenging him in the November election. The Portland Press Herald (https://bit.ly/1WFnxne ) reports four city councilors and seven school board members held a news conference in front of city hall on Wednesday to announce their support of Strimling.

City Councilor Nick Mavodones says he had “high hopes” for Brennan but Portland needs a leader who can collaborate with others. Brennan did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Six other people have also taken out nomination papers. Strimling lost to Brennan in 2011.

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