I write to enthusiastically support Jeff Porter for the School Administrative District 51 Board of Directors. A lifelong Cumberland resident and father of five Greely students, Jeff served 12 years on Cumberland’s Town Council, three as chairman. He’s also put in countless hours coaching Cumberland sports teams, with my children among the many who’ve enjoyed playing for “Coach Porter.” I worked with Jeff while serving on town advisory boards, and was impressed by his ability to master complex issues, craft effective and creative solutions, and build consensus around even the most contentious issues. He’s an innovative and independent thinker, and not afraid to ask tough questions. These qualities, which made him such an effective councilor, will be a tremendous asset on the School Board. Jeff’s depth of experience and record of independence and accomplishments make him a thoughtful and informed voice who will work tirelessly for our community and its children.