In the Press

Endorsement from the Portland Phoenix:

“Brunelle would make an excellent, compassionate public servant. His acknowledgement of the complexities of gentrification and the opioid crisis, along with his progressive visions for addressing them, earn him our vote. We like the honest nature of his campaign, and trust that he’d push for similar accountability in City Hall. ” Read more...

— Portland Phoenix, November 1, 2017


Portland resident Maria Testa's letter of support, representing the Portland chapter of the Maine People's Alliance:

“Perhaps most remarkable, however, is Joey’s preparation for and understanding of what it means to be a city councilor. He is the rare candidate who will be ready and able to lead on Day One.” Read more...

— Portland Press Herald, October 10, 2017


Portland resident Dena Riegel's letter of support:

“If, since the last election, you’ve wanted integrity, kindness and intelligence again represented in our public representatives, Joey Brunelle is it.” Read more...

— Portland Press Herald, October 5, 2017


Portland resident (and my campaign treasurer) Steph Walsh's letter of support:

“He has built a truly grass-roots, local campaign by demonstrating to the people, not special interests, how he intends to work for them.” Read more...

— Portland Press Herald, October 7, 2017


Portland resident Patrick Volker's letter of support:

“We should be so lucky to have a candidate like Joey Brunelle, who has shown he listens to people, not moneyed special interests, when deciding for the citizens of Portland.” Read more...

— Portland Press Herald, October 28, 2017


Yarmouth resident Barney McClelland's letter of support:

“As a person who left Portland in 2012 because of the lack of affordable housing, it is heartening indeed to see an at-large City Council candidate like Joey Brunelle, who is actively seeking a solution.” Read more...

— Portland Press Herald, October 3, 2017


Portland resident Anna Kellar's letter of support:

“We need his voice on the council as a young gay Mainer, and as a community leader who has fought for affordable housing and to preserve the India Street clinic. He has a deep understanding of the policy challenges the City Council must decide – and even more importantly, he feels the urgency of action.” Read more...

— Portland Press Herald, August 21, 2017


Portland resident Muriel Pierce's letter of support:

“He has worked tirelessly to gain both deep knowledge regarding the issues Portland faces and a wide breadth of potential solutions by becoming familiar with case studies of similar-sized cities with similar challenges. He will hit the deck running.” Read more...

— Portland Press Herald, October 14, 2017


Portland resident Nick Kaufmann's letter of support:

“I’m endorsing Joey as a listener and a process reformer. When our systems, not the people in them, are the main obstacles, only a curious, empathetic process reformer like Joey can lead the way forward.” Read more...

— Portland Press Herald, October 17, 2017


Portland resident Cynthia Handlen's letter of support:

“Joey Brunelle showed he can bring together diverse individuals to make Portland a better city for everyone.” Read more...

— Portland Press Herald, October 11, 2017


Portland resident Kathryn Sykes's letter of support:

“Brunelle, a GLBTQ+ activist, advocate for the India Street clinic and charter member of the Southern Maine Democratic Socialists of America, aims to bring a Bernie Sanders-style viewpoint to City Hall.” Read more...

— Portland Press Herald, July 11, 2017


Portland resident Joe Pinto's letter of support:

“Already he has tackled the opacities of government by publicly simplifying the city’s impenetrable self-reporting. He’s refusing unlimited out-of-state money. Mr. Brunelle is refreshingly principled and unshackled to hidden agendas.” Read more...

— Portland Press Herald, April 11, 2017


Portland resident Zack Barowitz's letter of support:

“Joey Brunelle is a person of uncommon intellect and energy, who, as a private citizen, has shown great understanding of issues and commitment to causes that matter most to the people of Portland.” Read more...

— Portland Press Herald, April 29, 2017


“A Future Progressive City Leader? Joey Brunelle lays out his vision for Portland's future”
Read the full interview with the Portland Phoenix...

— Portland Phoenix, March 27, 2017


On the India Street Clinic:

“I think saying India Street was saved is a bit of an overstatement,” said Joey Brunelle, who had several friends who used the clinic and who became an advocate for the patients. Brunelle organized rallies against the plan, but later served on a committee that helped implement the transition and provide assistance to patients.” Read more...

— Portland Press Herald, January 24, 2017


On the India Street Clinic:

“As a gay man, I know a lot of other gay men who are HIV positive and patients at India Street. It was not widely understood at the time how disruptive the change would be,” Brunelle said.” Read more...

— The Forecaster, November 21, 2016


On protections for renters:

“West End resident Joey Brunelle urged the [City Council Housing] Committee to show “more leadership and perhaps more ambition” in its effort to protect low-income renters, who are being squeezed out of Portland’s rental market. “I am flabbergasted that this is all that’s been proposed,” Brunelle said. “This is barely more than nothing.” Read more...

— Portland Press Herald, September 29, 2016


Referring to South Portland's ordinance against toxic pesticides:

“If it’s good enough for our neighbors across the bridge, it’s good enough for us,” Read more...

— Portland Press Herald, June 21, 2017


[VIDEO] Panel on Affordable Housing in Portland, moderated by Joey Brunelle Watch here (sorry for the audio quality)...

— Portland Democratic City Committee, August 4, 2016


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