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A little over a year after I took office, the world changed. The COVID 19 pandemic affected our county and our country as has nothing else in my lifetime. It laid bare the holes in our safety net, and the extent to which too many people were already living just one crisis away from disaster.

In order to create the vibrant, diverse, and sustainable future we need and want, we must act with urgency to ensure that Multnomah County residents have a home; safe neighborhoods; affordable healthcare, both physical and behavioral; breathe clean air; and live in a community that is stewarding the planet for the generations to come.

I will continue to do everything I can to ensure that we use the lessons of the past year and a half to create that future. What we do today creates our tomorrow.

In my time on the commission I have:

Helped develop and pass the Metro Supportive Housing Services measure, which will move people from the streets to housing;

Secured funding for services to meet the immediate needs of people experiencing unsheltered houselessness – including peer outreach services and mobile showers;

Worked to clean the air we breathe by speeding the transition away from dirty diesel and reducing wood smoke;

Collaborated with community members to create safer neighborhoods;

Been a fierce advocate for survivors of domestic and sexual violence; and

Strengthened and supported job training and work placement programs for youth.

Throughout, I have been a champion for those who have been marginalized, left behind, and left out by our systems, insisting that they be seen, heard, and centered.

My priorities are:

1

Housing/Houselessness. We are in the first year of implementation of the Metro Supportive Housing Services Measure; I will focus on making sure that we have clear metrics for impact so that we are holding ourselves accountable and changing strategies as necessary in order to move people into housing. I will also continue to advocate for additional mental health and addiction services, as well as strategies to address the immediate health and safety issues faced by people on the streets, including hygiene and sanitation.

 

2

Community Safety. I’ll lead the implementation of a County project I initiated, to develop place-based community coalitions that will work to create vibrant, safe, and thriving neighborhoods. I will continue to advocate for investments in changing the conditions that lead to violence.

3

Economic Justice. The pandemic showed us what happens to people who are just hanging on, in minimum wage jobs and with no cushion to protect them from the smallest setbacks, let alone crisis.

We need to think beyond programs that help people survive to those that create true stability: asset building, debt reduction, homeownership, unconditional cash transfers. The County is ideally placed to begin this work.

 

4

Climate Change/Environment. I’ll continue to develop programs and strategies to ensure that all residents of Multnomah County breathe clean air and are protected from the impacts of climate change, such as extreme weather events.

Endorsements

 

Labor Unions and Advocacy Organizations

AFSCME Local 88
AFSCME Council 75
Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers
Columbia Pacific Building Trades
IBEW Local 48
International Union of Painters & Allied Trades DC 5
Iron Workers District Council of the Pacific Northwest
LiUNA Laborers Local 737
NW Oregon Labor Council
NW Carpenters Union Local 196
Portland Association of Teachers
Service Employees International Union Local 49
Service Employees International Union Local 503
UFCW 555

Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon: APANO
Building Power for Communities of Color
Color PAC
Imagine Black
Latino Network Action Fund
Oregon League of Conservation Voters | OLCV
Portland Business Association
Pro-Choice Oregon
The Mother Pac
UNITE Oregon
Willamette Women Democrats

 

 

Elected Officials

U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley

U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer

State Senator Michael Dembrow
State Senator Lew Frederick
State Senator Kayse Jama
State Senator Akasha Lawrence-Spence

State Representative Travis Nelson
State Representative Rob Nosse
State Representative Khanh Pham
State Representative Tawna Sanchez

Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury
Multnomah County Commissioner Sharon Meieran
Multnomah County Commissioner Lori Stegmann
Multnomah County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson

Metro Council President Lynn Peterson
Metro Councilor Juan Carlos Gonzales
Metro Councilor Mary Nolan

Portland City Commissioner Carmen Rubio
Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty
PPS School Board Chair Michelle DePass
PPS School Board Member Julia Brim-Edwards
PPS School Board Member Gary Hollands
PPS School Board Member Amy Kohnstamm

Beaverton City Councilor Nadia Hasan
Washington County Commissioner Nafisa Fai
Washington County Commissioner Pam Treece
Clackamas County Commissioner Sonya Fischer
THPRD Board Member Felicita Monteblanco

Gresham Council President Eddy Morales

Former Senate Majority Leader Diane Rosenbaum
Former State Senator Jackie Dingfelder
Former State Senator Avel Gordly
Former State Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer
Former Portland City Councilor Amanda Fritz
Former Portland City Councilor Steve Novick

Community Leaders*

Rukaiyah Adams, CIO, Meyer Memorial Trust
Sona Andrews
Oscar Arana
Faye Burch
Lee Po Cha, Executive Director, IRCO
Smitha Chadaga
Matt Chapman
Nancy Davis
Tony DeFalco
Randall Edwards
Keith Edwards, Board Member, Trimet
Ernesto Fonseca, CEO, Hacienda CDC
Rima Ghandour
Paul Lumley, CEO, NAYA
Carole Morse
Mary Peveto, Executive Director, Neighbors for Clean Air
Maurice Rahming, O’Neill Electric; Chair, Metropolitan Alliance for Workforce Equity
Raahi Reddy
Jaime Rodriguez
Bobbi Stedman
Erik Szeto, Board Member, Asian Health and Service Center
Toni Tabora-Roberts, Board Member, APANO
Eric Ward, Executive Director, Western States Center
Lisa Watson, Executive Director, American Leadership Forum
Amy Wayson

*Titles provided for identification purposes only

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