October 19, 2011

Voters get to pick a vision. Now that’s cool.

By Jason Singer jsinger@pressherald.com
Assistant City Editor / Online

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ON THE RADIO

TUNE IN to NewsRadio 560 WGAN at 8:08 a.m. today to hear Staff Writer Jason Singer discuss the mayor’s race.

Dodge's speech echoed a proposal by Rathband from earlier in the race. Rathband said that if elected mayor, he would make 25 calls per week to out-of-town businesses to try to lure them to Portland.

FINDING COMMON GROUND

Eder, a Green Independent, probably doesn't have much in common with Republican Gov. Paul LePage. But they agree on one issue: a residency requirement for social services.

Eder, a mental-health technician here in the city, said too many other cities and states send their mentally ill residents to Portland because of the city's reputation as a great service provider.

But that's not a sustainable model for Portland, he said. And the only way to force other cities to start offering quality services is to stop accepting their residents.

He said he would favor a residency requirement in Portland that would only allow Maine residents to get services here. "I'm inclined to agree with the governor on this one," Eder said.

FARMING PROGRAM

Candidate Hamza Haadoow said that if elected mayor, he’d work with neighboring cities on an agricultural program.

Haadoow said many immigrants in Portland have a farming background, but don’t have the land to put those skills to use. Many surrounding communities, however, are rural, he said.

As mayor, he’d like to design a regional program in which residents can lease land and farm it to grow food and make money.

Staff Writer Jason Singer can be reached at 791-6437 or: jsinger@pressherald.com

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