Two vie for District 1 seat on City Council

October 16th, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

This fall Claude Morgan is challenging incumbent City Councilor Michael Pock for the District 1 council seat. The Current asked each candidate the same questions in order to assist voters in deciding whom to support at the polls on Nov. 4.

Claude Morgan

Age: 53

Occupation: Collections manager

Political experience: South Portland City Council 2005-2008, Mayor in 2007, Chairman of Cumberland County Charter Commission 2008-2010, and Greater Portland Public Development Commission 2011-present

Q: Why are you running for a seat on the South Portland City Council?

A: South Portlanders have the rare opportunity to shape our landscape – literally – for generations to come. I believe the decisions we make together during the next three years will determine our economic outlook and the quality of our lives and the environment for the next half-century. 

South Portlanders work best collaboratively. We’re open to new ideas, we rise to challenges, and we know how to change with the times. I’m running for council because I welcome the chance to lead us into a future that we actively shape together, preserving our best traditions and building on the enormous potential of this one-of-a-kind place.

Q: What are the three biggest issues facing South Portland?

A: South Portland’s challenges are also its richest opportunities – the environment, quality of life and economic sustainability.

Thankfully, we are poised to improve all three. Here’s an example: Businesses and industries that have the capital, capacity and mobility to locate anywhere in the world tell us that they value quality of life and a healthy workforce over tax breaks

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