This is a critical time for Portsmouth’s future. Those that get involved determine our future. Will you be a part of building a stronger Portsmouth?Get Involved
Productive disagreement requires a spirit of courtesy, to be sure. But it also requires leaders who show intellectual curiosity about public policy, and the interconnectedness between economic development, land use, public schools, our tax base, and our quality of life. It also requires a thoughtful consistency that allows members of the Council to build coalitions and reach compromises. Finally, it requires a common sense that can link today’s policies with tomorrow’s ramifications. The job has become increasingly analytical and policy-oriented in nature, and we should expect those who would serve to embrace these increasing demands.
One Portsmouth offers up a series of thoughts, positions, and principles on a number of key policy areas, because reflexively saying “No” is not a sustainable governing philosophy. We don’t expect any full collection of candidates or councilors to agree on everything — that would be neither representative of our diverse community, nor optimally productive. That said, we do expect outstanding candidates this fall that disagree with proposals and arguments made by One Portsmouth to articulate their reasoning, as well as an alternative positive vision for success.
A core principle of One Portsmouth, and the fundamental strength that has made Portsmouth one of the most successful small cities in America over the past 20 years, is what we are calling the “Virtuous Triangle.” The Virtuous Triangle is comprised of three community values that are tightly interconnected, and have been achieved at a level unmatched by any other city in New Hampshire.
We have some of the best schools in the state, safe neighborhoods, and modern, efficient infrastructure overseen by outstanding municipal professionals.
No city in New Hampshire can match the restraint in tax increases over the past dozen years, consistently keeping increases at or below inflation.
We have the most dynamic downtown and local economy in New Hampshire, and are recognized nationally for our quality of life, and our artistic, cultural, culinary, and recreational opportunities.
Right now, some in our community are pursuing policies that unwittingly hurt our economy and tax base. This threatens to harm both the quality of our public services (especially our schools), and threatens our community’s record of restraining tax increases. This has the capacity to harm, in different ways, virtually every resident of Portsmouth.
It certainly doesn’t have to go this way, and One Portsmouth is committed to ensuring the continued long-term success of Portsmouth by supporting outstanding candidates for office.
The issues that impact all of us are interrelated. Whatever your neighborhood. Whether you have school-aged children or not. Whether you work or visit downtown daily, or rarely. Whether you own or rent. The decisions our civic leaders make on all the issues below and more will impact your quality of life. Learn more below, challenge candidates this fall to use common-sense, and reward those who do with your support.
Nothing impacts Portsmouth’s future more than a high-performing education system. We have outstanding schools - how do we keep moving forward?LEARN MORE
How we zone, develop, and preserve our community’s land will have intended - and unintended - effects on all of us.LEARN MORE
Where strong leadership focuses on long-term community benefits, not short-term political gain.LEARN MORE
It’s time to stop idling, and solve Portsmouth’s parking problems! How? Address both our supply and demand problem at the same time.LEARN MORE
Restraining property tax increases in the future will take thoughtful leadership - and an understanding of how key policy decisions are interrelated.LEARN MORE