Jeana Gonzales announces run for Oregon City School Board
For the past several years, I've advocated for the mental health and equity of students in Oregon City, and I'm excited to share the official announcement of my campaign to become a member of the Oregon City School Board.
With the support of friends, family and local leaders, I will work to unite our community with a common purpose — a focus on the well-being of our students.
As an OCSD parent, I will work diligently for your support, whether it be through financial contributions, volunteering or endorsements.
Even though my campaign has just launched, I am grateful and proud to share endorsements from: Charles Gallia, chair of the Democratic Party of Clackamas County; Oregon City Commissioners Denyse McGriff and Frank O'Donnell; Glenn Wachter, board chair for Parrott Creek Child & Family Services and business leader in health care; and Jesse Buss, president of the McLoughlin Neighborhood Association.
I am humbled by their support, and I will work to earn more endorsements before Election Day on May 18.
As a woman of color and health educator, my passion for community and healthy learning environments has driven both my career and volunteer work. When I co-founded Unite Oregon City, I wanted to bring people together in a nonpartisan space where all voices could be heard and respected, regardless of their identities.
There is no place more important for inclusive and respectful spaces than in our schools.
The pandemic has brought the mental health of our students to the forefront of our conversations. I have been a volunteer with The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention since 2017, and I give public presentations using the accredited curriculum, "Talk Saves Lives."
I am trained in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills as well as being a trained suicide bereavement facilitator. The mental health of our students is central to my heart and my campaign.
For over 20 years, I have worked to eliminate health disparities through education and building coalitions. I have witnessed the value and importance of accessible spaces for people to speak out and be respected. This is why I am so passionate about running for the Oregon City School Board.
With your support, donations and voices, we can create an even more welcoming, healthy, diverse and creative district where our children and our community can thrive.
Jeana G. Gonzales, the chief petitioner for the recently successful mayoral recall, has filed for Position 4 on the Oregon City School Board.
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