What Neighbors are Saying in the
Council candidate Marpheen Chann will fight for Portland’s families
October 11, 2017 Letter to the Editor in the Press Herald
I’m the proud parent of two kids who go to Portland schools, and I’m thrilled to be voting for Marpheen Chann for Portland City Council District 5. He will be the kind and caring councilor who will look out for me and my family.
We met Marpheen at the Riverton back-to-school barbecue and talked about why he was running for City Council. From our conversation, I can tell he is deeply committed to our city and wants to fight for families like mine by fighting for affordable housing, good-quality schools and education, and a fair economy.
Marpheen will do so thoughtfully and in a collaborative way, something we need more of to push back against how divisive city politics has become.
Marpheen will fight for us while working to be a bridge builder to help heal the division in city government. Vote for Marpheen Chann on Nov. 7.
Marpheen Chann would be skillful District 5 councilor
August 24, 2017 Letter to the Press Herald
My wife and I are local attorneys residing in North Deering. We studied with Marpheen Chann at the University of Maine School of Law, and we can confidently say that he is the right candidate for Portland City Council District 5.
Marpheen has always conducted himself in a balanced, polite and calm manner. During the recent and contentious presidential election, I witnessed Marpheen handle a charged political debate with grace and charm. Rather than raise his voice or attack his opponent, he remained calm and collected. Marpheen is a patient and effective listener, and he will not respond until he has analyzed and thought through his response.
He is principled, yet he takes the time to listen to opposing views and engage people from all different backgrounds and political perspectives. Regardless of your political views, Marpheen has a remarkable sense of empathy, and he will actually consider your point of view – a refreshing change from our current political climate.
Marpheen’s diverse life experiences have made him resilient. He is the son of refugees; after moving to Portland, a white, working-class family adopted him. He is the first child of both families to graduate college and earn a law degree. These experiences illustrate Marpheen’s ability to adapt and challenge adversity.
As an advocate, Marpheen cares deeply about equality and justice. He advocates on behalf of working Americans, immigrants and the LGBT community. His advocacy is informed by his analytical skills, research and intellectual curiosity; Marpheen is always open to new ideas and perspectives. His innovative thinking and fresh ideas are exactly what we need in government.
My wife and I have come to know and respect Marpheen as a friend, colleague and leader in the community. We encourage residents of District 5 to vote Marpheen Chann for Portland City Council.
Martin and Jamie Tartre
Chann the candidate for improving Portland schools
October 7, 2017 Letter to the Editor in the Press Herald
As a parent with children in Portland schools, I’m voting for Marpheen Chann for City Council District 5. He went to Portland schools and knows how important education is, as the first of his family to graduate from college (the University of Southern Maine) and earn a law degree (the Maine School of Law).
My children go to Lincoln Middle School and The Morrison Center, and I’m completing my master’s in occupational therapy at USM, where Marpheen graduated from in 2014.
Marpheen believes the city can build a better relationship with our universities by creating a city internship program to help students get real-world experience before graduation. He also wants to pioneer hubs and incubators that can help spur innovation and high-tech jobs right here in Portland by borrowing models from Boston and Silicon Valley.
Marpheen has the vision and energy to do this. That’s why I’m voting for him to be the next District 5 city councilor.
Marpheen Chann’s passion makes him a great candidate for Portland council
August 11, 2017 Letter to the Press Herald
In a time when many people feel they can have little or no impact on government at the federal level, it is time for citizens to focus on those areas where their voices and ballots have the most impact: in local elections.
My education is in government and public administration. I have served nonprofit organizations for decades, including two years of service to my neighborhood association in another city. The vibrancy of neighborhood communities is of particular importance to me.
I recently had coffee with one of my neighbors, Marpheen Chann, to discuss how we might revive the civic association for Riverton, and I shared some of my other ideas for how Portland could benefit from organizing its neighborhoods. Marpheen listened actively to my ideas, and I felt like I had found a kindred spirit – someone who cares about community as I do, and wants to take action.
At the end of our visit, Marpheen informed me that he is running to represent District 5 on the Portland City Council. I was thrilled to hear this.
Marpheen is intelligent, articulate and passionate about the city of Portland and its people. His campaign slogan is “A Portland for Everyone.”
I believe that sums up a great philosophy as succinctly as it can be expressed. This is the kind of new blood every level of government needs at this time. I strongly encourage every voter in District 5 to support Marpheen Chann for Portland City Council.
Lawrence Jackson Rosen
Marpheen Chann deserves your vote for council in District 5
I am a resident of Alba Street and owner of Maine Music & Health, LLC, which just received the 2017 Maine SBA Micro-Enterprise of the Year Award. I am writing to encourage voters in Deering Center, North Deering and Riverton to vote for Marpheen Chann to represent District 5 on the Portland City Council.
Recently, I stopped by my neighborhood coffee shop, Black Cat Coffee, and overheard residents talking with Marpheen about affordable housing. As someone who has lived in almost every neighborhood in Portland, I couldn’t help but join.
My family has lived here for generations. I’ve seen many changes, many of them positive, but lately it seems the pendulum is swinging too far. As we develop more and more spaces accessible only to a small group, we lose touch with the people who really live and work here.
Each time I’ve moved in Portland, I enter the race to find an affordable rental. I am fortunate because I can keep moving around – I have a car, a business, and can save for deposits and homeownership.
When I think about single-parent families or young professionals who walk or bus to work, I am pained to think about how much harder it is for them to have to look and move outside the city. This kind of empathetic thinking is not that hard to do.
Marpheen is empathetic. Just from observing Marpheen chatting with my neighbors, I could tell he is a genuine human being who cares about our city. His message of a better Portland – a Portland for everyone – resonated with me.
In the future, I hope there’s room for our small businesses amid all the hotel and high-end development in Portland. And if you haven’t been priced out come Election Day, vote Marpheen Chann for Portland City Council, District 5.