Gresham philanthropist seeks uplifting business in public office bid
Editor's note: A headline in the April 8 print edition gave the wrong date for this election. Voters will decide in November.
A local businesswoman and philanthropist known for her charitable events is vying for a seat on the Gresham City Council.
Sue Piazza is seeking a leadership position in a community she has called home for more than three decades.
"The recent pandemic made me realize more than ever that we need leadership who understand the needs of our diverse community," Piazza wrote in a statement. "One that promotes a friendly environment for all businesses, creating a safe and inclusive place to live in Gresham."
Piazza has been on the Gresham-Barlow Education Foundation for more than 20 years, was a "Rotarian of the Year" in the Gresham, and founded the 100 Women Who Care East County chapter. Piazza recently won the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce "2019 Volunteer of the Year Award" and is a former Chamber president.
She orchestrated a fundraising drive for her 50th birthday, in which she was able to raise more than $78,000 for local charities. She also started the Gresham Helping Gresham Facebook group to help connect people with resources during the spread of COVID-19.
The issues she is focused on are family wage jobs, more private-public partnerships, safety, parks, and homelessness.
Piazza is the daughter of a local entrepreneur and spent many of her teenage hours helping grow the family business, later taking on an executive role as company treasurer. She then found success in real estate and the travel industry, running Bucket List Travel Tours and helping her husband of 17 years in their coaching business.
She has four sons and nine grandchildren.
For more information, visit https://votepiazza.com or on Facebook @votepiazza
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