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Cathy Keathley is a candidate for Gresham City Council, appearing on the Nov. 8 ballot

Cathy KeathleyOur city is in trouble. Unprecedented rising crime and immeasurable homelessness on our sidewalks and streets. When will it end? As your next city councilor, my first priority will be to make Gresham the safe, stable place it once was.

I'm running because I have the knowledge, skills, and wide range of experience to make the changes necessary to make us safe again. I've lived in Gresham my entire life.

I grew up, got married and started my family all in Rockwood. Having served previously as a Gresham City Councilor and having worked in Human Resources within the City of Gresham, I have a unique understanding of how the city works both inside and out.

Affordable housing, parks, living wage jobs, and safe transportation corridors are important to making Gresham a thriving, livable community. I will work to further these important areas, but nothing will be a top priority until we get control of the rising crime and homelessness.

As your next city councilor, I will make sure parents feel comfortable letting their children in the park again. I will also make sure businesses are protected from the disruption caused by the increase in crime and homelessness.

My experience, decision making skills, passion, and commitment to Gresham make me the best choice for city council. I've spent decades building trust with community members and businesses. My success is based on bringing people together for a common goal. I'm proud Gresham is rich in diversity. As I have always done, I will encourage working together and actively listen to each other resulting in the best decisions for Gresham.

Respectful debate is key in the decision-making process and of being a public servant. Sadly, I have not seen that in our recent city council meetings. I promise to be respectful to my colleagues and the community whether we agree or disagree.

Finally, city councilor is a non-partisan position. It is not a Democrat or Republican position. It is Gresham. It does not serve Gresham to elect partisan politicians. As your councilor, I will not follow any specific political party agenda.

Your vote will make a difference. Gresham will look like Portland if something isn't done now.

You have two choices.

If you like the crime and homelessness and Portland politics creeping into Gresham decision making, then vote for my opponent.

If you want Gresham to be a safe, stable place to live, work, raise families and own a business, please vote for me, Cathy Vandehey Keathley.


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