The West End News ran an article profiling municipal candidates, including Frederick McCann:
The West End News
Education: BS in Computer Science from University of Southern Maine
Occupation: Director of Technology, Beable Education
Political/community experience: I was elected to fill a vacancy on the Portland Water District Board of Trustees in November 2022. I’ve been representing Portland on that board for the past year.
Reason you’re running: I’m running for reelection to the Portland Water District Board of Trustees because I care deeply about the quality and safety of our drinking water. I have been a vocal advocate for testing water from Sebago Lake for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS or “forever chemicals”), which are harmful to human health and the environment. PFAS has not been detected in our drinking water and we must continue to protect Sebago Lake and the watershed to prevent future contamination.
PFAS has been detected in our wastewater. We do not currently have commercially viable solutions to break down PFAS in our wastewater. I support infrastructure spending to reduce the volume of PFAS contaminated sludge going to landfills until such solutions are viable.
Building and operating a future treatment facility that could eliminate PFAS is too expensive for the Portland Water District alone, so we may have to partner with other regional entities to address this issue. I want to ensure that any regional facility in which we participate would be publicly owned and operated in a manner similar to the Portland Water District, not by a private entity.