Let's work together continuing the progress for a better Gresham
I believe in Gresham.
Although some seek to divide us through fear and hate, the people of Gresham want a sense of community again. I hear this from residents each time I am in public.
Gresham doesn't want negativity and dirty politics. Gresham wants results. Gresham's City Council is tackling longstanding problems around housing, homelessness and safety ignored by past leadership.
These issues are complicated and personal to many of us. That is why I invite all of us in Gresham — let's work together to build lasting solutions for our city.
Transparency and equity are issues that I have fought for as your Council President. Backdoor dealings of previous leadership have been exposed.
We have instituted new processes to ensure the business of council is conducted openly through public debate. Everyone can participate in these meetings, virtually or in person, allowing increased access to our government, especially for those previously excluded due to work, family responsibilities, health, or mobility issues. I am working hard to ensure no resident feels left behind. We are accountable to you. We work for you.
Sadly, not everyone is as committed to transparency. Fringe right-wing voices have funneled money into PACs to launch smear campaigns against me and council.
Are extremist, dark-money conservative forces needed in our local nonpartisan race? Voters in Gresham don't want this from people seeking leadership in our city.
It's common knowledge that I am a Democrat. I am pro-choice. I support equal rights. I champion workers and working families. I volunteer with the Democratic Party and many organizations that can better the lives of others.
In 2020, the Proud Boys — a fascist hate group — came to Gresham to antagonize and intimidate our community. I, along with other elected officials, attended the peaceful counter-demonstration in solidarity with Gresham neighbors who felt threatened and unsafe.
At that time, a former city councilor made the motion that we fly a Black Lives Matter flag at City Hall. That ex-councilor is currently endorsed for election by the Gresham Police Union. Supporting Black Lives Matter does not mean you do not support the police, or vice versa. That is a false choice.
I support Black Lives Matter. I support the police. This is evident by the largest increases to our community safety budget in Gresham's history during my time as Council President.
These increases include funding for police, fire, and youth violence prevention. We must stop trying to divide our community when many of us are working toward the same goal — a stronger, safer, and thriving Gresham for all.
Safety has always been a priority for me. I lost two brothers to gun violence. I experienced the trauma and destruction of violence and crime, and don't want families to endure that. Current crime rates are troubling. I will continue to dedicate my work on council to address it.
As your Council President, I will tackle these issues head-on as we work to solve the problems in our city.
If you have concerns, questions or want to engage in tangible results for our city. Please join me at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, or 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at Legacy Coffee, 75 N.W. First St., Gresham.
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