June 20, 2018
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South Portland employees suing over policy prohibiting city workers from seeking school board seats

The Associated Press

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Two city employees in South Portland, Maine, are challenging a policy that prohibits city workers from running for a seat on the school board.

The Portland Press Herald reports that current Board of Education member Karen Callaghan and former board member Burt Edwards are suing the city over a policy adopted in 2010.

Edwards works four hours a week for the city’s recreation department. Callaghan, who works part time at the city library, says she has been told she can stay on the board for now but can’t seek re-election unless she quits her job.

Mayor Rosemarie De Angelis told the newspaper that she supports the policy because otherwise city workers might use their position to influence voters.

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