We are at a critical juncture regarding climate, the economy and social justice. We need a profound willingness to accurately identify problems, consider all our options and work together respecting differences. If we oversimplify or blame others, we will fail to accurately identify problems and solutions.

It is hard to commit to a decision and, at the same time, know that the course might need correction; we need to be both courageous and humble. This requires trust and belief in a common good. This is what I believe is required of all of us.

It has been an honor and privilege to serve six years on the South Portland City Council. When I chose not to run for reelection, I wanted to have someone I respect be elected in my place. I believe Natalie West would be an excellent council member because of her integrity, knowledge, skill and compassion.

Susan Henderson
South Portland

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