Friday, October 13, 2006

Press Herald Readers Critique Editorial

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ian of portland, me
Oct 13, 2006 12:37 PM
I wholeheartedly support Dave Marshall in his bid to represent District 2. Dave has fully enveloped himself in the life of the West End, purchasing and renovating a home, working with the Maine Time Dollar Network at Portland West and reaching out to at-risk youth via grafitti, among others.

Dave Marshall seeks to support people who want to contribute just as much to their community by aiding them in finding affordable housing, ensuring quality education for their children, supporting the incubation of small, neighborhood owned businesses, and more.

Dave Marshall isn't a made man. He hasn't bought his way onto boards. Dave Marshall is your neighbor, equally concerned about the same issues that keep you up at night and excited about the same prospects for change.

Give him a call. Walk down the street and check out his neighborhood art gallery. Above all, vote for Dave Marshall on November 7th if you want YOUR voice to be heard.

tyler of portland, me
Oct 12, 2006 10:24 AM
Will Gorham is totally out of touch with his constituents! From issues in The Old Port to Peaks Island, he has proven to be both unaccepting and unapproachable. While many appreciate a strong willed leader, that leader needs the ability to bring together reather than alienate. Time for a change in this district!

kate of portland, me
Oct 11, 2006 8:06 PM
I intend to vote for Kevin...WG has been very dismissive re concerns I have brought to him regarding affordable housing, increased crime and noise in the East end, encouragement of small business, tax reform, the list goes on and on. Change is long overdue.

susan of Portland, ME
Oct 11, 2006 5:31 PM
David Marshall's work with the West End Neighborhood Association, Portland West, & as a young home owner, professional artist/small business owner are the kind of perspective Portland City Council needs. Marshall's work with the Time Dollar Network, and guidance of at-risk youth in completing community service give him the insight to the every day concerns of Portland residents. He would represent those in District Two who care about affordable, quality housing; neighborhood schools; and improved community policing.

Kevin Donoghue will also provide much-needed perspective on City Council. With a Masters in Community Planning & Development, training in zoning, land use planning, housing, transportation, and public budget policy, Donoghue will bring unparalleled state-of-the- art professionalism in public administration to Portland. Donoghue volunteers countless hours to Portland, sharing his expertise by serving on the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization's Housing, Transit, Ecology Committees; Bayside Neighborhood Association's Streetscape, Trail, Open Space Committees; Portland Housing Committee's Inclusionary Zoning Advisory Group, & Renter Representative on Portland's Transportation Committee. He's brilliant & deeply devoted to a better Portland.

KarboKarot of Portland, ME
Oct 11, 2006 4:14 PM
I'm often torn: On the one hand, Portland's lack of user-friendly progressivism surely helps curb a population explosion that would push out the lower and middle classes of this town. On the other hand, the frequent lack of creative vision from our city's leaders is frustrating to many of the rest of us who yearn for broader and more efficient systems and developments. The fear of all but the status quo is tired. Often, the PPH reflects that same kind of fear, so I'm not surprised by these endorsements. Boring, People. Not only boring, but repressive. It's not just a battle of older and younger, and it'll kick you in the pants if you believe that. Loosen your chains, smile, and embrace the really fresh energy with which other candidates are promising to guide the direction of this city.

Brian Chick of Portland, ME
Oct 11, 2006 3:46 PM
In truly representing the issues and embodying the human qualities I admire most, David Marshall is the most ideal candidate I've ever seen. In any election. Period. All that draws me to Portland, he defines: approachability, neighborly concern (I've seen him intervening in street scuffles between strangers), inspiring artistic energy and vision, connection to local youth (through his work with Service Works), and staunch commitment to the local economy. For real grit like his, Portland has the feeling of a small Maine town like the one I grew up to love.
I know little of Hagge, a late arrival, but already I wouldn't vote for him if this paper puts him in the same class as Will Gorham, a born-again teetotaler who has it out for the drinking establishments that define our lively Old Port, but against a moratorium that blocks a Hooters in the Arts District. In my opinion, forgive Donoghue his inexperience and look at his ideas: we would do well to give him Gorham's seat. Marshall and Donoghue are both young, intelligent, at most middle-class pragmatists that are connected to and representative of us: renters, homeowners, small families, wage-earners, true small-business owners, artists, musicians, and students that make this city vibrant and wonderful.

Kevin of Portland, Me
Oct 11, 2006 3:32 PM
We are a fortunate city to have a truly motivated body of voters. It points to the kind off politics that a country like ours can strive towards. We have many people with diverse backgrounds running for office. This is the pulse of a healthy political organism.
I live in the West End and thought I would share what I view as an individual with vision for a very live-able Portland. Dave Marshall backs sustainable development, local schools, a high premium placed on the arts in Portland, and a variety of other key issues for a healthy Portland. If we elect a leader like Marshall we can be sure he will be available local advocate as well. He spends large amounts of his free time painting in very public places and never is dismissive of differing views than his own. I have often overheard him talking with people in a way I am sure will serve him well in office. He hears them out. The way I see it that marks this young man as a great choice for the West End seat. He is a good listener yet vocal advocate of ideas that will ensure Portland will not sell out to developers and realtors to make a quick buck. Portland needs people like Marshall. We have a lot to lose if we go with people who see vision as being a short term investment. This is not Marshall’s vision. His vision seems to come from a real care for Portland and its communities.
Talk to this young man. You will be sure of this as well. He is setting the bar high for local politicians.

Oct 11, 2006 2:57 PM
Will the Portland Press Herald being coving the other candidates, as well, in the spirit of democracy and fairness? Listing just three is not fair to the other ones not listed.

I would like to hear coverage of the other City Council candidates, including Dave Marshall of the West End, Christina Feller (At Large), Kevin Donahue, and Andy Versoza, gallery owner.

Portland Public Access is airing the debates this month, on Tuesdays at 7-8pm on Channel 2, which is a great way to hear from the candidates themselves! Kudos to them and the League of Young Voters for gettig the word out and fostering democracy!

It might be time for some new voices and perspectives on our City Council. I look forward to the continued coverage and what new direction some of these candidates will take Portland after the November elections! It should be a challenging election!

Thank you!

Matt R of Portland, ME
Oct 11, 2006 2:03 PM
It's unfortunate to see the Press-Herald miss this opportunity to support an informed, inspired candidate like Dave Marshall. We need young Mainers to step up to the plate and help create the Maine we want to see. Dave stopped at my door, and I can tell you that he is committed to finding the best solutions for Portland. He's got my vote in November!

Lisa McNeil of Portland, ME
Oct 11, 2006 1:51 PM
I wonder why the Press Herald always seems to blend with the status-quo. The decision to endorse Hagge and Gorham make me wonder if you know the people of Districts 1 and 2. I wonder if you looked into their backgrounds or if you simply trusted what they told you.
Gorham may attend meetings but does he do anything more than attend? Gorham is usually one of the few council members who oppose housing plans put before the council. He was even heard making derogatory comments about how student housing would have a negative impact on Bayside.
Kevin Donoghue represents the greater population of District 1. More than 50% are under 35; more than 50% are renters; on penninsula the statistic is .83 cars per unit - he rides a bike. Gorham is over 35, a home owner, and he has little understanding of making this city less car dependant, which is in the city plan. He votes down housing projects because he says there is not enough parking, yet he does not work on solutions to make this city less car dependant.
Kevin Donoghue represents the people of District 1. He has a smart approach to urban developement: he co-founded an inclusionary zoning ordinance and designed new bus routes that would better serve the area. He has been to enought Planning Board meetings that he should be a member. Oh yeah, he tried but I guess he did not fit in with the "old boys club".
Kevin will work for a more sustainable future for Portland and he will reach out to all of his constituents in a proactive way, as he is already doing. He will bring to this city a new perspective that is well needed.
As for Dave Marshall, it is clear by how well he is known in the community that he is doing his job. He has great ideas for District 2 and he will be a new voice in the city council. As a young person he can bring to light the issues that concern the young generation dominating District 2. He has been working since June to reach out to his constituents. He was not afraid to run against the incumbent Karen Gerahty. Hagge decided to run after he heard Karen was not going to run. This proves to me that Dave holds the confidence and leadership skills necessary to make lead District 2 and work with the Council to better represent Portland.
I look forward to Kevin Donoghue and Dave Marshall becoming members of the City Council.

Rosa Noreen of Portland, ME
Oct 11, 2006 12:39 PM
I would like to voice my support of David A. Marshall, District 2 candidate for city council. He is a breath of fresh air, bringing professional & generational diversity to this establishment.

David announced his candidacy in June and has been working hard ever since, visiting neighbors in every corner of District 2 and finding great support for his goals and leadership capability. His decision to run was made well before the current councilor announced her that she would not seek a fourth term. David is no slacker!

At 28, David is a dedicated community builder with a solid record of achievement on his own merit. He has lived in Portland for all of his adult life and has seen dramatic changes in his neighborhood. He is remarkably well-versed in the many issues our city faces today. While this is David's first run for office, he has a long history of attending council and planning board & school board meetings, carefully researching not only the issues that our community faces but also solutions that have worked--or not worked--for other cities.

I look forward to experiencing David Marshall's leadership as city councilor for District 2.

Augie of Portland, ME
Oct 11, 2006 10:30 AM
These endorsements illustrate how the PPH is out of touch with the residents of Portland.

Mavodones - Sure, but consider his opponents ...

Hagge - If you own a million dollar house, have oodles of family money and send your kids to Waynflete, he's your man. Otherwise take a look at the other two.

Gorham - The tough guy act has gotten old ... He has thoughtful, interesting and creative opponents who will serve district 1 much better than the incumbent

Schmoe of Portland, ME
Oct 11, 2006 8:56 AM
These schmoes have no idea what they're talking about; they must read the Portland Press Herald.

1 comment:

Joseph Thompson said...

I'm really glad to see the arts community in Portland become engaged with local politics. There has been steady increase in the calls for change in this city as well as an increase in new faces running for positions. I think this indicates two really important aspects of Portland:

1. People care about the city and its relationship to the state; and

2. Our government is open enough that an individual can, and must if they have any sense of civic responsibility, create change.

I hope to see this trend continues beyond Portland and through the rest of the state.

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