Jim Cloutier
Candidate for Maine State House District 37

About Jim

In years of elected public service, Jim has served as Mayor and Councilor, as County Commissioner and Commission Chair, as chair of the City Finance Committee and the Community Development Committee, as a leader in “New City” redevelopments at the Eastern Waterfront and Bayside and in many other roles. As a thought leader and activist, he has advocated for tolerance and respect for diversity while seeking to improve the lives of Portland’s families and workers.


Throughout these and many other undertakings, Jim emphasized teamwork, creative planning, public participation and collaboration as the keys to progress.

Today, as a candidate for Maine Legislature, he proclaims Portland to be “A COMMUNITY FOR THE FUTURE.”

During this service, Jim has also actively practiced law in offices in Portland’s Monument Square, representing Maine families, small businesses and consumers.

Among the many public projects and proposals Jim has helped present to the community:

  • Portland Schools Before and After School Programs throughout the city
  • Construction of the East End and Ocean Avenue Schools
  • Modernization and Enlargement of the Cumberland County Civic Center (the CIA)
  • Hundreds of Units of Affordable Housing
  • Oceangateway and the Eastern Waterfront “New City”
  • Western Bayside “New City”, including office buildings, housing, dining
  • Presumpscot River Park and river frontage, Portland Land Bank
  • Capisic and Stroudwater Estuary Open Space enlarging Audubon Sanctuary
  • Traffic calming, reducing Brighton Ave Rosemont/Nasons area to 3 lanes
  • Numerous Financial Reforms, saving millions in bond interest
  • Single sort recycling and ongoing water quality programs
  • Portland Police Reforms recommended by US Justice Department
  • Regional Services through Cumberland County Government
  • November City Elections and other reforms
  • Public Spaces and High Quality Athletic Fields

His community service has also included the Maine Turnpike Authority (Vice Chair,) ecoMaine (chair,) GPCOG (President,) cPort Credit Union (Treasurer,) Board memberships including PACTS, Wayside Soup Kitchen, Portland Fish Exchange, Casco Bay Estuary Project, Cheverus HS Advisory Council, and numerous committees, task forces and councils.

On the Issues


I chose the slogan A COMMUNITY FOR THE FUTURE because it describes who I believe we are, and what I hope to support as our representative in Augusta. Portland has a long and proud history building a strong community based on tolerance, forward looking values, a vibrant economy, high quality education and responsive public services. I had the pleasure of serving on a highly progressive city council which had a long and full record of achievements that continue to benefit our city to this day.

When I was Mayor, Portland was named the most liveable small city in North America. We have new progress – and new challenges – since, but I still think we can be confident that we are more than equal to the tasks ahead. Even as we face an ominous period of epidemic now, I am sure we will emerge stronger than ever.


Our future will prosper if we continue and enlarge the community spirit that builds neighborhood strength, welcomes newcomers and faces challenges head on.

These include:

** housing shortages and daunting home costs,

** health care access, expense and complexities,

** an uncertain climate and energy future,

** public service improvement needs in education, criminal justice

and economic progress for working families

** the discouraging reality of persistent, endemic discrimination in areas of our public life.


We can and should lead the way on the two great human rights issues of our day - the mistreatment of immigrants and asylum seekers by our national government and the continuing economic, social and judicial unfairness and disparity which affects our minority neighbors.

I expect the coming session in Augusta will be hampered by the need to slog through the economic and financial problems of the epidemic. Nevertheless, I hope to present several proposals for our area and for Maine:

1. Expand our commitment to offshore wind energy, with significant public ownership

2. Continue the Commitment to Carbon Reduction and reducing Climate Effects

3. Support high aspirations programs for young teens, coordinated with USM and SMCC

4. Encourage in appropriate ways the Roux Institute/Northeastern University Project

5. Seek approval for a regional Math & Science High School similar to the Limestone School

6. Reforms of unfair Maine PERS disability and worker compensation procedures

7. Property Tax Relief and more progressive taxing policies, including estate tax

8. Criminal Justice Reform, including Jail and Corrections programs

9. Performance Standards for Mental Health, Disability and Elder support programs

10. Creation of a self sustaining housing and affordable housing construction fund

11. Coordination with Affordable Care Act for increased access, public option, direct care

Our District

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Your Thoughts

I welcome your ideas, criticisms and comments, so please feel free to write at james.f.cloutier@gmail.com or 207-653-6939.

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