PORTLAND – More than five years removed from representing the residents of Portland on the school board, Kate Snyder is ready to get back into local government.

Snyder, executive director of the Foundation for Portland Public Schools, is one of four candidates looking to be elected Portland’s mayor at the Nov. 5 election. She is being challenged by Travis Curran, Spencer Thibodeau and incumbent mayor Ethan Strimling.

Snyder served on the school committee in an at-large capacity from 2007 to 2013, including turns on the finance committee and board chairman. it was during that tenure that the economy soured and the finances for the school department were taken over by the school committee.

“I have learned a lot about difficult budgets and how to get

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