I urge Portlanders to re-elect Jill Duson to the at-large seat on the City Council on Nov. 7.

Jill is the voice of experience. She has served on the council for many terms, and her leadership is compassionate, thoughtful and well-reasoned. She listens to constituents’ concerns and represents our city honorably.

The deplorable condition of all four schools is a deep concern to many. However, the reality is that fiscal responsibility generally entails restraint. It makes poor sense to forgo using tax monies already collected by the state and instead agree to fund all four schools locally.

I encourage Portlanders to wait a bit to achieve the best possible economic deal for our city.

Johannah Hart

Portland