Ethan Strimling

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Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling says that vendors who win city contracts should be required to pay workers the area's prevailing wage and to participate in apprenticeship programs, as well.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's Republican governor is slamming Portland's mayor for proposing to allow some non-citizens to vote in local elections.

Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling - FILE IMAGE
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Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling is offering what he calls a compromise in his latest showdown with other city officials, this time over committee assignments.

Strimling says he is willing to back off his initial proposal to chair the budget-writing Finance Committee but would still appoint himself to sit on the panel, while also chairing the Health and Human Services Committee.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

The manager of Maine's largest city threatened to resign last night, if his bosses on the Portland City Council gave in to a demand by Mayor Ethan Strimling for direct access to lower-level staff.

At a council meeting, City Manager Jon Jennings said Strimling was looking for more powers than allowed by city charter, which provides for a so-called "weak mayor" system that puts the mayor, in most respects, on equal footing with the rest of the city council.

Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling has joined the "Climate Mayors" network in support of the Paris accord.

The coalition is made up of more than 200 U.S. mayors and seeks to lead a grassroots effort to reduce greenhouse gases.

Strimling says climate change has been a priority for him.  So,  when he saw the coalition existed,  he immediately wanted to sign up. 

PORTLAND, Maine - The mayor of Maine's biggest city wants a citizen group to consider changes to the city charter in a bid to expand the limited authority of his office.
The Portland Press Herald reports that Mayor Ethan Strimling said Monday he believes voters wanted a stronger leader when they voted for a 2010 change to the charter that established the popularly elected office. Previously, councilors chose a mayor among themselves to serve for one year.

PORTLAND, Maine - As Portland's City Council considers new policies aimed at relieving the city's housing crunch, one set of ideas proposed by Mayor Ethan Strimling may be falling off the table, including rent control.

A month ago, Strimling proposed restrictions on rent increases and no-cause evictions, one-year lease requirements, and a bar on discriminating against tenants who rely on housing vouchers.

Portland Mayor's New Assistant Stirs Debate

Jan 14, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine - Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling is looking for an assistant, to be paid as much as $70,000 a year. Strimling, the second person elected to the office by popular vote, says the city is in a dynamic period when the mayor and City Council will need help.

Irwin Gratz / MPBN

PORTLAND, Maine — New Mayor Ethan Strimling started work today at City Hall.

He's the city's second elected, full-time mayor since voters created that position in 2010. He won against incumbent Michael Brennan in November, after directing the nonprofit Learning Works for 19 years.

Irwin Gratz spoke today with Strimling; he asked Strimling about his priorities:


Jay Field / MPBN

PORTLAND, Maine - A former state lawmaker and longtime political commentator is taking on incumbent Michael Brennan in this fall's Portland mayoral race. Ethan Strimling narrowly lost to Brennan four years ago. Brennan submitted signatures for his re-election a few hours after Strimling's announcement.

The day of maneuvering aimed at Portland's top job began on a sweltering street corner. Ethan Strimling lives at the corner of Spring and Brackett Streets, a short walk from LearningWorks, the community education and mental health agency he runs.

Stock image showing two men arguing about politics, ostensibly.

The Maine Council of Churches is sponsoring a series of discussions around the issue of civil discourse in public and political life. A panel of experts convened recently to discuss this issue addressing questions such as what is civil discourse and what is not; when is negativity uncivil, is it possible to run a civil campaign, and is there a danger of civil discourse being used as an excuse to suppress radical opinions?