PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that a South Portland policy prohibiting city workers from running for the city's school board or engaging in political activities on their own time violates their constitutional rights.
Justices on Tuesday upheld a lower-court ruling in favor of Karen Callaghan and Burt Edwards, city employees who were told they couldn't run for the school board after the city amended its personnel policy to ban employees from running for any South Portland elective office.
In a 5-1 decision, the court said the rights of the employees outweigh the city's interest in preventing potential conflicts or problems.
Justice Donald Alexander in a dissenting opinion said serious conflicts of interest would be created if municipal employees are allowed to run for the school board.
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