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October 4 Forum for City Council Candidates

posted Sep 26, 2016, 3:23 PM by South Portland Land Trust
South Portland City Hall

The South Portland Land Trust will give candidates for the South Portland City Council an opportunity to present their views on a wide range of environmental issues, including those related to the use of open space in the city, when it hosts a forum on October 4 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at South Portland City Hall. The Land Trust also hosted forums for city council candidates in 2008 & 2009.

The Land Trust has invited each of the seven candidates to participate: Maxine Beecher, Richard Carter, James H. Gilboy, Susan Henderson, Katherine White Lewis, Louis B. Maietta, Jr. and Michael Pock. Each is vying for the two at-large seats. Beecher is the incumbent, while Tom Blake currently holds the other at-large seat. Mayor Blake is termed out, completing his third term on the council.

“Our previous forums revealed a great deal about the candidates’ positions on a wide range of environmental issues,” said Steve Jocher, President of the SPLT. “The use of open space and other environmental issues continue to be hot topics in South Portland and in municipalities throughout the nation. Taxpayers want to know their candidates’ views, and that is our intent with this forum.”

Potential question topics include funding the South Portland Land Bank, the South Portland Open Space Plan, local vs. home rule, land acquisition bond questions, trails and maintenance responsibilities, pets and open space, and more.

Steve Jocher, President of the SPLT, will serve as moderator. The public is invited to attend the forum and ask questions following the prepared questions portion.