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Julie Long urges voters to choose candidate with the knowledge and experience to lead

Julie Long and David EmamiAs Election Day approaches, I urge voters to choose the candidate with the knowledge and experience to lead Happy Valley into the future: David Emami.

Those of us who count Emami as a friend know he is just as motivated and personable as he is in his current role as city councilor. As a devoted husband and father to two elementary school daughters, Emami is a very involved dad. Emami and his wife, Susie, have devoted countless hours to volunteering in their daughters' classes at Scouters Mountain Elementary. Last year, Emami also proudly served as head coach of his daughter's "Super Sparkles" first-grade basketball team.

All this, coupled with a full-time job, and yet he still finds time to give selflessly to his community, leading with both integrity and experience that sets him far apart from his opponent.

Emami was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Council in 2019. In addition to that service, Emami has logged hundreds of hours volunteering on local, state and county committees and boards, including the Planning Commission, the Parks Advisory Committee, the Public Art Committee, the Library Board, the Street Light Budget Committee and many more. Emami doesn't take his responsibility on these boards lightly either; he has a 100% attendance record at all of these meetings and hearings!

He is also active in the Iranian American Friendship Council and the Iranian American Professional Society.

As a woman, I believe Emami's extensive service has not only given him an invaluable perspective on city rules, policies and regulations; it has also helped him form valuable and meaningful relationships, and has given him a clear view of what our needs will be heading into the future. Emami has lived in Happy Valley for nearly seven years, and has spent that time working hard to make sure Happy Valley grows responsibly, ensuring that our neighborhoods and parks are safer and more inclusive, and creating more living-wage jobs for our residents.

Given Happy Valley's recent explosive growth, and the social and financial burdens we are all facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, now is not the time for on-the-job training. Emami will be ready to hit the ground running on day one, with his proven integrity, experience and vision for Happy Valley.

When it comes to that experience, it's not just the quantity that should count; it's the caliber. Emami's past experience and the insight he has gained from it applies directly to his City Council post. I believe the choice is clear; Happy Valley needs a leader who is invested in a future that will include and sustain us all. Someone with proven past experience and a clear vision for the future. David Emami is that leader, and that's why I believe he deserves a second term.

Julie Long is a Clackamas County resident.


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