As someone who doesn’t live in Portsmouth but who tries to follow the issues facing all of the cities in Hampton Roads, I found some of the questions to not be self-explanatory. One issue I obviously have missed is that of the city getting a disparity study. The candidates generally made the mistake of assuming that everyone in the room knew what they were talking about. I hope they don’t do that when they are talking to voters!
There was a real undercurrent of mutual dislike of each other by the two candidates for mayor. Speaking with some people afterwards and also reviewing the material from the two candidates gave me a better sense of where this is coming from. Whether this becomes a real campaign issue will be interesting to watch.
Even with that, there was the sense that everyone on the stage loves their city and wants to do what’s best for it. From my perspective, it appears that Portsmouth is going to have people who will work hard on behalf of their citizens, regardless. And that’s a good thing.
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