AUTHOR: Mike Desjardins

August 4th Meeting: An Affordable Housing Panel Discussion

The affordable housing crisis is one of the biggest issues facing our city, so we’ve organized a panel discussion with local housing experts for our monthly meeting on August 4.

Want to learn more about the affordable housing situation in Portland? Want to hear what solutions are being pursued, and what solutions your neighbors are advocating?


  • Dee Clarke (Advocate with Homeless Voices for Justice)
  • Chris Kessler (Portland Tenants Union, founder of the South Portland Tenants Association)
  • Markos Miller (Community organizer, educator, property owner and small business owner engaged in issues related to sustainable housing and development, helped draft Portland’s first Inclusionary Housing policy)
  • Christian Milneil (Press Herald, Portland Housing Authority)
  • Claudette Ndayininahaze (Cultural Broker at The Opportunity Alliance)

Doors open just before 6pm at the State of Maine room in City Hall. After the meeting, we’ll go to a nearby bar for drinks and more discussion. Join us!

Can’t make the meeting? Don’t worry! This event will be recorded and published on Youtube, Facebook, and the Portland Dems website.

Video from the 2016 Democratic Candidates Forum

June 1, 2016 – Hear directly from the candidates running to represent Portland at our 2016 State Legislative Candidate Forum. Paul Merrill from WMTW moderated the forum.

Three Democrats – Ben Chipman, Chuck Radis, and Diane Russell – are vying to represent the peninsula, islands, and Back Cove in the Senate. And Democrats Mark Dion, Jill Duson, and Ann Peoples are running for the Senate seat that includes off-peninsula neighborhoods and part of Westbrook.

Two of Portland’s state House seats are contested in the Democratic primary. Herb Adams, Anna Kellar, and Rachel Talbot Ross are running to represent the Parkside, Bayside, and Oakdale neighborhoods (the seat currently held by Ben Chipman). Andrew Edwards and Mike Sylvester are running to represent Munjoy Hill and downtown Portland (the seat currently held by Diane Russell).

You can skip ahead to watch the candidates who will be on your ballot. For the contested primaries, we covered the races in this order:

  1. Senate District 27 representing the peninsula, islands, and Back Cove (Diane Russell, Chuck Radis, and Ben Chipman)
  2. [Starting at 27:30] Senate District 28 representing off-peninsula neighborhoods and part of Westbrook (Ann Peoples, Mark Dion, Jill Duson)
  3. [Starting at 58:20] House District 39 representing Munjoy Hill, downtown Portland, and the islands (Mike Sylvester, Andrew Edwards)
  4. [Starting at 1:12:30] House District 40 representing the Parkside, Bayside, and Oakdale neighborhoods (Rachel Talbot Ross, Herb Adams, and Anna Kellar)