I have lived in the diverse community in the western section of South Portland for the last 15 years. City Councilor Brad Fox has been an exemplary advocate for the people who live in District 5. He is the first councilor in decades to be elected from west of Interstate 295. For all too long the needs and concerns of the people who actually live in the Maine Mall area seem to have been secondary to the interests of prevailing civic and commercial forces. Fox has fought to have his neighbors’ needs and concerns balanced against the power of these forces: for a quality environment, to diversify city committees, by working toward raising the minimum wage, proposed the ban on the plastic bags that litter our area, and has stood up to the powerful propane industry that thought it would be OK to place dangerous storage tanks smack in the middle of the Thornton Heights neighborhood. If this is unorthodox behavior, it seems like we need more of it, both on our City Council and in the state Legislature.
Dr. Mary DeRose