2018-12-07 / Letters

Vote early, vote for Dhalac

To the editor:

I’m a South Portland resident encouraging my SoPo neighbors to vote for Deqa Dhalac as our next city council member. The major election rush is over, but there’s still a special election on Dec. 11 for an open seat on our council. This seat represents South Portland’s District 5, but all city residents may vote. You can mail in absentee ballots any day until Dec. 10, otherwise please vote in person 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 11th at the South Portland Community Center on Nelson Road.

I support Deqa because my own work involves helping small businesses in South Portland and throughout Maine, and Deqa’s work furthers that goal. She has decades of proven experience in social services, public health, housing and education – all of which strengthen our work force in countless ways. The investments that we make in our youngest children, our teens and our families pay dividends as young people enter the workforce, start businesses, grow them and employ the next generation of our Maine workforce. Deqa has a deep understanding of all of the Maine and local agencies, organizations and issues that weave these issues together. She has spent decades demonstrating her leadership through volunteer and professional service with the Maine Women’s Fund, Maine Immigrants Rights Coalition, local government agencies and the Center for Grieving Children. If you want a professional public servant who truly understands how local organizations can best support our workforce, please support Deqa.

Deqa is also a small business owner herself – co-founder of Cross Cultural Consulting Group, a Maine firm providing intercultural professional skills consulting to businesses here. As a business owner, she understands first-hand how business, education and workforce development issues inform each other.

Special elections typically see low turnout. Please vote – and ideally vote early – so we can ensure Deqa represents us.

Adam Nyhan South Portland

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