Portland, MAINE (NEWS CENTER) - The already crowded field in the race to become Portland's first elected mayor in decades just got a little bigger today.
Ethan Strimling officially announced his bid this morning becoming the 19th candidate to enter the race.
The race is an unusual one. It's a wide open free for all.
"It's our first elected mayor's race since 1923 and considering the size of Portland, which isn't that big as cities go, there's a big political community here and there's a lot of people who've been working in politics a long time. Obviously this is a big opportunity, so i'm not surprised to see a lot of people, but we're getting up near 20", said USM Associate Professor of Political Science Ron Schmidt.
In a race where the candidates will really have to work hard to seperate themselves from each other, Schmidt says name recognition could be key.