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Vincent Jones-Dixon thanks voters, highlights budget concerns, hiring city manager, police reforms

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: VINCENT JONES-DIXON - Vincent Jones-DixonA community leader who was appointed to serve on Gresham City Council after unexpected departures earlier this year, has won the vote to serve on Council Position 3.

As of 8 a.m., Vincent Jones-Dixon has received 16,970 votes, 42.23%. Trailing is Raymond Love with 12,555 votes, 31.24%; Brianna Harris with 4,996 votes, 12.43%; Matt Burnett with 3,519 votes, 8.76%; and Beshara S. Shahin with 1,837 votes, 4.57%.

In total 40,189 votes have been counted.

"Thank you to the voters for entrusting me to serve you for another four years," Jones-Dixon wrote in a statement. "I want to thank all of my neighbors that supported me from the start, whether that was by doing literature drops, chipping in financially, sharing about me on your social media channels or telling your friends and family about me and my platform."

Jones-Dixon keeps his seat that he was appointed to earlier this year after Karylinn Echols was named mayor of Gresham.

Jones-Dixon is the team trip program manager with Africa New Life Ministries. He previously spent more than a decade in the funeral industry. He has volunteered with the Rockwood CDC and Beyond Black CDC, and serves on the Gresham Charter Review Committee.

He wants to continue educating business owners about the options available for COVID-19 economic recovery; investigate charges of systemic racism within City Hall and bring more diversity, equity and inclusion to the city; and better connect law enforcement with the community they serve.

"Now the real work begins. During my brief time on Gresham City Council, we were only able to scratch the surface of some of the issues our city is facing."

He is looking forward to weighing in on the current budget, hiring a new city manager, and working on police reform policies.

"While many are afraid of the word 'reform,' in reality it means to change, grow and enhance," he wrote. "I look forward to working with our community and police department on defining what community safety really looks like."

This story will be updated as more results are tallied.


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