I am running for re-election to City Council because we must preserve and protect the progress we have made over the past two years, and continue to open our arms and hearts to all of those who wish to be a part of this incredible place. Diversity makes our community fabric stronger, and inclusiveness demands that we be our best selves - both as residents and as your elected representatives. We must live up to our motto as the City of Open Door, and embrace all of those that wish to become a part of our community - it will only make us stronger.
We all live here for our own reason. Whether that reason is a job, the schools, the low tax burden, or the vibrancy of our little City, we have made this place our home - together. We have made great progress over the past two years and we need a Council that will continue to lead.
Whatever your reason for living here, I want to help you stay. Portsmouth should be fighting to retain its highly talented workforce, its seniors, its young professionals, its families. Our diversity is our key to resiliency and future economic success. I have been working tirelessly since I got elected to pass zoning changes, and we are on the verge of success! These zoning changes would redevelop our strip malls into beautiful mixed use plazas - centers of activity that create new destinations in the City.
Earlier this Summer I collaborated with the Portsmouth Herald to run a bi-weekly series of profiles of individuals affected by the shortage of affordable and workforce housing in Portsmouth. I hope some of these profiles are people you recognize or expected, and some are a surprise, or make you think about this issue in some new ways.
In addition to housing, we need to focus our energy on these important issues too.
What a jewel! The Arts Festival is an unbelievable success and I will do everything I can to support keeping the Festival arrive and thriving.
We should be creative and resourceful seeking new, appropriate sources of revenue for Portsmouth, and balancing investment with growth to continue replicating our recipe for success.
Portsmouth is a passionate place, and we get the best ideas when everyone contributes. We are an inclusive and welcoming place, and we should live up to our motto as City of the Open Door.
Rebecca Perkins is a City Councilor for the City of Portsmouth, elected in November 2015, where she Chaired the City’s Housing Committee and is currently chairing the Vaughn-Worth-Bridge Strategic Planning Committee. Rebecca also serves on the Planning Board, Rockingham Planning Commission, Renewable Energy Committee, and was a member of the Parking Garage negotiation committee. Rebecca is a founding member of the Portsmouth Housing Huddle, a collaborative group of housing stakeholders in Portsmouth, and the 603 Initiative Board of Directors, where she is focused on making the organization a powerful voice advocating for the policies and outcomes that will attract and retain young professionals in New Hampshire. In her role as a City Councilor, Rebecca has appeared as a keynote speaker for the Seacoast’s 10 to Watch Competition and the Workforce Housing Coalition of the Greater Seacoast, and has been a speaker at the Business and Industry Association’s Housing Forum, New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority’s Market Update, and NHPR’s The Exchange.
Full-time, Rebecca is Associate General Counsel at Enel Green Power North America, Inc. In her role at Enel, she primarily works on tax equity financings, in which Enel sells membership interests in its wind and solar projects in the midwest to some of the country’s largest financial institutions. She also advises on issues concerning the company’s over 90 renewable energy projects across four technologies.
Previously, Rebecca is from Stratham, NH and her family owned the Exeter Dairy Queen growing up. Rebecca worked at Allen & Overy, LLP in New York City and Washington, D.C., and at Orr & Reno in Concord, NH, and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal, West Africa. Rebecca received a B.A. in Government from Dartmouth College, and a J.D. and LL.M. from Cornell Law School. In her free time, Rebecca likes to run, cook, and watch the Patriots.