2012-10-19 / Front Page

Election 2012

The South Portland City Council will have two of seven positions open this fall. Councilor Maxine Beecher has reached the end of her four-term limit. Local real estate broker Linda Cohen is running unopposed for Beecher’s District 4 seat. In District 3, Incumbent Rosemarie De Angelis hopes to win another three years on the council against Melissa Linscott, a member of the South Portland School Department’s strategic planning committee. Their answers to a candidat survey appear here by alphabetical order.

Rosemarie De Angelis

Age: 60

Occupation: Guardian ad litem, family court mediator, adjunct faculty SMCC

Marital status: single

Children/family: Large, varied and inclusive

Highest level of education completed: Master of Arts Degree

Name and location of school or university last attended: University of Maine, Orono

Organizations and activities: South Portland Land Trust; South Portland Historical Society; founder/advisor, “Color of Community”; guardian ad litem professional group Megali; Opportunity Alliance volunteer mediator; Community Garden Collective volunteer; Spring Point Light Board of Trustees

Top three issues: (in order of priority)

1. Balance in quality of life for residents with economic development, including preservation of open space for families, children, community gardens, farmers markets and simple enjoyment of fresh air with room to move.

2. Affordable taxes for all, with continuing outstanding schools and delivery of quality city services, including police and fire safety.

3. Long range/continued comprehensive planning to ensure that we are proactive and not reactive to the needs of our residents, ensuring that we are considering openness to diversity in this changing world.

Why are you seeking elected office?

For me, it is completely about the people and my relationship with each person I meet. City council work is part of my contribution to social capital, which is why I contend it is not a job. I believe we all have a duty to ‘give back’ to this world and that we should be finding ways, every day, to do that. Not everyone has the time or energy to serve on the council, but everyone can contribute to our community. I value each contribution any individual makes and I try to recognize that. My purpose is to be a part of resident representation by listening to the real concerns of the people and caring about what matters to them.

This is one way I can give back to a great city. I ask nothing in return. I do it because this city is my home and the people are folks about whom I care; I take pride in my community and, as I knock on doors daily and residents greet me, I become more committed to offering my time, knowledge, energy and friendship.

I have had the gift of getting to know many of our seasoned citizens, veterans and others who serve this country, young families, low or fixed income folks, disabled, single and married and many living alone.

We are an increasingly diverse population, and I believe my voice represents many of us. A different viewpoint promotes the belief that we should consider all angles in our decisions. I support that belief.

Melissa Linscott

Age: 38

Occupation: Real estate agent

Marital status: Married

Children/family: Brian Linscott, husband and business partner; Gabrielle, 13-year-old daughter and student at North Yarmouth Academy; Jackson, 11-year-old son and student at Mahoney Middle School

Highest Level of education completed: High school

Name and location of school or university last attended: USM, Portland

Organizations and activities: School volunteer in the classroom; Job Shadow Day; strategic planning committee for South Portland School Department; member, Waterfront Market Association; member, South Portland Buy Local

Top three issues: (in order of priority)

My goal is to work to strengthen our community through:

• Wise decisions and planning regarding our infrastructure with a focus on minimizing property taxes.

• Creating a positive environment for local business

• Improved educational system

Why are you seeking elected office?

My husband, Brian, and I have spent many hours watching the proceedings of our great city either on TV or at meetings and I feel that now is the time to step forward and offer to serve the people of our city. I’m not approaching this position with an agenda; rather I look forward to offering a fresh perspective on issues. I wear many hats in my private life. I am a long-term resident of the city, a property owner, a parent of a child in our public school system, a parent of a child in private school, a landlord, and a local small business owner. I take a common sense approach to issues and problem solving; I do my research and make thoughtful decisions. I look forward to bringing my experiences and perspective to the council and would consider it an honor to represent all of the people of your city.

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