Portland: Greens becoming effective bloc in city politics

Hat/tip to Ballot Access News for the story.

KW: Reading this story makes you think that the NY State Senate could use some Green Party members…

(excerpt from) Portland Press Herald
Greens sprout into effective bloc in city politics

Three city councilors focus their advocacy on key issues, but critics say economic development suffers.

PORTLAND — Three years after first winning seats on the Portland City Council, the Green Independent Party can claim some success in pushing its agenda through City Hall.

Political observers say the three Greens on the council have proved to be effective consensus-builders on their core issues, such as reducing the city’s energy usage and revamping land-use and transportation plans to encourage more housing downtown and less reliance on automobiles.

“These are the guys who are moving and shaking,” said Christopher O’Neil, the Portland Community Chamber’s liaison to City Hall…

The Greens on the council include Kevin Donoghue, 30…David Marshall, 31…[and] John Anton, 44…

The rest of the council is made up of five Democrats and one Republican…

On the Portland City Council, the Greens frequently challenge the status quo and advocate for more transparency in government and more public involvement…

He said the Greens have accomplished more in a three-year period than most city politicians have in recent history, in part because they work hard, show a willingness to compromise and have realistic goals…

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