I’ve lived in this amazing city of Portland for 17 years and have witnessed lots of changes. One that has me feeling such gratitude is the revitalization of Congress Square Park.

I watch the park come alive when salsa dancers congregate for the Primo Cubano concerts. Dancing there in this vibrant community gathering spot, I feel so appreciative of the actions that at-large City Council candidate Bree LaCasse took to save the park from being privatized.

Bree had vision. She led efforts to secure a referendum vote and later served as executive director of Friends of Congress Square Park. Now, with funds that Bree raised, the park hosts free community-building events.

I’ve never met Bree, but she has my vote. I trust that she’ll care for all Portlanders with every action she takes, just as she cared for the park, ensuring that it remains public for all to enjoy.

Suzanne Kahn

Portland