A Republican gubernatorial candidate from Southern Oregon stopped by Gresham recently share her ideas for the top seat in the state.
Medford's Jessica Gomez announced her candidacy last week and said the state is overdue for a policy reboot through strategic planning and investing.
"It is time for Oregonians to work together to build a future in which we can all be proud," Gomez wrote. "I firmly believe the strength of our state lies in our differences."
Gomez, a small business owner, said the state's recovery depends on creating an attractive business climate to generate more jobs. She wants to build regional economies and avoid piling on taxes and regulations. She plans to invest in broadband, water and transportation infrastructure, and encourage growth in industries like advanced manufacturing, agriculture and biotech.
Gomez also wants to attract more women into the workforce through at-work childcare incentives.
"We've been through tough times, endured devastating wildfires, a global pandemic and continuous rioting," Gomez wrote. "It is easy to point fingers and complain about failed leadership, but that accomplishes nothing."
During her visit to Gresham, Gomez joined a business round table meeting at the Persimmon Country Club to hear from East Multnomah County businesses about their needs.
Education is important to Gomez, who couldn't read at age 9 but went on to graduate college and start her own business. She envisions a Universal College Credit Program where credits earned through apprenticeships or community college can be transferred to any Oregon university.
She also experienced homelessness as a teen, and wants to find a solution by coordinating mental health and public safety resources.
"Oregon can truly thrive with all of us striving together," Gomez said.
Learn more about the candidate at jessicagomez.org
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