Hello, Portland - I'm Wells Lyons, and I'd like to be your newest City Councilor At-Large. I'm running for John Anton's seat - he's retiring, and I'm excited to have his endorsement.
I'm running to make Portland a city with great schools and a strong local economy. I'll work to make Portland an even better place to live, with good jobs, improved housing options and smarter transportation choices.
I see the economic downturn hitting our City every day. I want to implement policies that will make our great city a more accessible and a more affordable.
- I want to promote transportation choice by increasing the quality of our public transit and improving bicycle lanes.
- We need more affordable and mixed income housing across the city. We can start doing this by reconsidering our parking space requirements that forces up development costs and rents.
- At the same time, we need to fix our parking situation, especially in the downtown. By looking at market-based parking solutions we can have our parking supply better meet market demand. And for residents all across the city, we should make our on-street parking requirements match the actual delivery of city services.
For what it's worth, I've worked on issues I care about my entire life. I organized anti-war rallies of thousands of people while at Middlebury College in Vermont. At law school in Chicago, I worked to end the practice of long term solitary confinement in state prisons. And here in Portland, I've worked with Equality Maine for the expansion of marriage rights, as well as with the Maine League of Young Voters to protect same-day voter registration.
I will bring my determination, energy and creativity to the City Council. I hope I can count on your vote November 5th. Please be in touch - I mean it - send me an email at email@example.com. When I'm sworn in, I want to start my term with a to-do list from every neighborhood in Portland. Our city is what we make it.