Election Day is a little less than two weeks away, and even in this relatively quiet year of campaigning, Portland residents are facing another round of citizen initiatives to vote on.

The most alarming of these is Question 2 on Portland’s ballot. Question 2 asks voters to decide if they support changing Portland’s city code to empower a small minority of registered voters, who reside within 500 feet of a proposed zoning change, to veto the project simply by circulating a petition among them and filing it in City Hall.

Policy issues like land-use zoning don’t belong on a ballot; they belong at the City Council, where an open and collaborative process can take place. We elect municipal and state officials to represent us as a community, to work together, to compromise.

Do not halt the growth of Portland – vote “no” on Question 2.

Tom Moulton

Portland