Issues

Ideas matter. So do results. Strong leadership requires both.

Any city council made up of nine members will often disagree, and the current Portsmouth City Council is certainly no different. But an outstanding city council will disagree productively, as happened often in the recent past. How do we blend that collaborative spirit of the past with the increased demands of today?

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.

The “Virtuous Triangle”

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.

  • Excellent Public Services
  • Respect for Our Taxpayers
  • Thriving Local Economy
  • Excellent Public Services

    We have some of the best schools in the state, safe neighborhoods, and modern, efficient infrastructure overseen by outstanding municipal professionals.

  • Respect for Our Taxpayers

    No city in New Hampshire can match the restraint in tax increases over the past dozen years, consistently keeping increases at or below inflation.

  • Thriving Local Economy

    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.

One Portsmouth believes that if you damage any one of these three, you hurt all three, and instead of a virtuous triangle, it becomes a vicious triangle.

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

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.

  • Education

    Nothing impacts Portsmouth’s future more than a high-performing education system. We have outstanding schools - how do we keep moving forward?

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  • Land Use Policy

    How we zone, develop, and preserve our community’s land will have intended - and unintended - effects on all of us.

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  • Public Works & Infrastructure

    Where strong leadership focuses on long-term community benefits, not short-term political gain.

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  • Parking & Transportation

    It’s time to stop idling, and solve Portsmouth’s parking problems! How? Address both our supply and demand problem at the same time.

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  • Taxes

    Restraining property tax increases in the future will take thoughtful leadership - and an understanding of how key policy decisions are interrelated.

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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?

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