Letter: Lyons for city councilor in Portland's District 2

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Voters in Portland City Council District 2 have a chance to choose this year. The three candidates are all young, and have yet to establish a record in municipal politics. However, Wells Lyons stands out as a doer and a listener, not just a talker.

Through his work in a local small business, his volunteer experiences with Maine Clean Elections, Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, and his involvement in the West End neighborhood where he lives, Wells has had the opportunity to talk with, listen to and work alongside Portlanders from all walks of life. He grasps the complexity and inter-relatedness of the issues facing us: homelessness, drug abuse and untreated mental illness, safe housing that’s within reach of the average household, transportation, jobs and the environment. He doesn’t claim to have any easy answers or quick fixes, but he’s got ideas that will help make Portland a fairer, safer and more livable city.

Rosanne Graef

  • KevinEarl

    I particularly like Wells’s modern thinking on how to handle the panhandling issue (no pun intended). Texting to donate and displaying easy signs on how to do it is forward-thinking and confronts the issue while still being compassionate.