SoPo council: District 1 race a study in contrasts

October 31st, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

Candidate name: Michael Pock
Age: 67
Address: 86 Grand St.
City residency: 41 years.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in accounting, Westbrook
College (now University of New England).
Occupation: Self-employed carpenter.
Political experience: 17 months on city council

Candidate Name: Claude Morgan

Age: 53
Address: 75 School St.
City residency: 32 years
Education: Bachelor’s degree in history from Tufts
Occupation: Collections manager at Ocean
Community Federal Credit Union.
Political experience: One term on city council (2005-
2008); South Portland mayor (2006-2007).

SOUTH PORTLAND — Of all the political races on the local docket this election cycle, there may be no greater study in contrasts than the fight to represent District 1 on the South Portland City Council.

That contest pits incumbent City Councilor Michael Pock against former councilor Claude Morgan. The two candidates are diametrically opposed on almost every issue, with Pock focused on “business, taxes and city services,” while Morgan lists his top three issues as “the environment, the environment and the environment.”

Nebraska-born and Wyoming-raised, Pock, 67, logged seven years aboard a nuclear submarine after joining the Navy in 1966. Upon meeting his wife 46 years ago in Charleston, South Carolina, he moved to South Portland in 1973 because, he notes with a laugh, “When your wife’s from Maine, you move to Maine.” He subsequently served 14 years in the military. Since 1985 he’s worked as a selfemployed carpenter and handyman. It’s only in recent years, Pock said, that he’s begun to engage politically.

“Until about four years ago, I

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