Former Portland mayor, veteran city councilor won’t seek re-election

By The Forecaster,
Posted June 24, 2014, at 3:03 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Two-time mayor, longtime city councilor and former school committee member Cheryl Leeman announced Tuesday she will not seek re-election to Portland City Council this fall.

“Although I have enjoyed my work on the City Council, I am calling it quits,” Leeman said in a release. “I plan to spend more time with family and friends, travel and enjoy life.”

Leeman was first elected to her District 4 seat in the East Deering section of the city 30 years ago, after she served a three-year term on the school committee.

Leeman also headed the Portland office of former Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, and said Snowe’s decision to step down contributed to her own decision not to run again for the council.

“Having retired from the office of Sen. Olympia Snowe a little over a year ago, after 18 years, and having survived breast cancer, has given me pause to think about what to do with the rest of my life,” Leeman said. printed on March 26, 2017