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Amanda Orozco-Beach is a candidate for Gresham City Council (Position 6). She promises to provide tangible results for Gresham residents if elected.

Amanda Orozco-BeachGresham is a big city that deserves big ideas and energized leadership.

When I hear the words, "Let's get Gresham back to how it was before" I'm not sure what that means. People are moving here to stay and the new houses aren't going anywhere. Gresham is the fourth largest city in Oregon and growing. The old ways of governance won't work now, and the "small town mentality" in a town of 110,000 people will fail us if we continue with this mindset.

I am running for City Council because our city is rapidly changing and we need people that can lead us into the future so that our city and its residents are prepared and thriving.

Greshamites deserve more work done and not stagnant candidates who only commit to only one of our many issues to make Gresham livable.

"No new initiatives until police are fully funded/staffed" is a low expectation from your candidates. When police are funded, what solutions and ideas do they have for the rest of our city? You need honest leaders to support you — the community, not just the police department.

I plan to work for funding and solutions that go far beyond the hot topic of today. I bring my experience in collaboration and understanding mechanisms within the government to serve us.

A little bit about me, I've worked in the service industry as a server, barista, and bartender until March 2020 when the pandemic hit. I know first hand what it's like to live on a minimum wage salary in this day and age. I am also a legislative staffer in Oregon Legislature where I have worked on the other side of the funding process when state money is allocated to local government. This is an important perspective to have on Council. It is my first hand understanding of struggles like this that many families have that inspire me to advocate for affordable solutions for our residents.

As a mother, a school board member, and resident, I believe we all worry for the safety of our community and especially our kids. I'm committed to providing a safe and healthy community that involves the amenities that help our children grow and thrive.

Once I earn your vote, I promise that I will get to work and provide tangible results with the time you have given me in my term. Anyone who has ever worked with me in any capacity knows that I am always one of the hardest workers in the room with a lot to prove.

Examples include working to direct $1.5 Million in ARPA funds to Gresham-Barlow to help provide a student based health center for students who can't afford a pediatrician, dentist, or transit.

I lobbied to draft the Menstrual Dignity Act to end period poverty for all Oregon students in public schools by providing free menstrual products, the most inclusive menstrual bill in the country.

I am ready to make the City of Gresham work for you.

Amanda Orozco-Beach is a candidate for Gresham City Council, Position 6.


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