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If elected in November, Rebecca Stavenjord plans to represent women and caregivers

Rebecca StavenjordAfter news of the U.S. Supreme Court's reversal of Roe v. Wade, a Milwaukie City Council candidate said she has doubled down on the importance of women's voices in decision-making.

Lewelling Neighborhood District Association Chair Rebecca Stavenjord said she made the decision to run after seeing millions of women and primary caregivers leaving their professional careers and community roles during the COVID-19 pandemic. She will be on the ballot in November to represent families and caregivers as the suburb is expected to add thousands of new households in the coming years.

"Everyone should feel they are a part of local decision-making," Stavenjord said. "Without representative voices in government, we get more of the same. The issues facing our communities are complex and interconnected. We have to work together and make decisions with the whole picture in mind. Our government should reflect the diversity in our communities. That is the only way to inform our future equitably."

Stavenjord is running for Milwaukie City Council's Position 4, the seat currently held by Milwaukie City Council President Kathy Hyzy, who is running for the mayoral position and endorsing Stavenjord for Position 4. Hyzy was the tie-breaking vote in favor of appointing Masoud Adam Khosroabadi to a vacant seat on May 31, when Hyzy promised to support Stavenjord's candidacy in November.

"Rebecca's commitment to truly accessible local government was evident to me in the leadership she provided to the Lewelling neighborhood in their transportation advocacy," Hyzy said. "Her outreach ideas resulted in responses from businesses and many residents who are often missed by traditional outreach efforts. As we work to make Milwaukie entirely equitable by 2040, Rebecca is the leader we need to help us get there."

Stavenjord's priority issues are housing insecurity, living wages, economic stability, access to equitable services and resources, and smart design of neighborhoods to promote resilience and thriving families. She said she will bring her lived experience in many of these areas to the City Council and looks forward to engaging with communities all across the city.

Stavenjord said she is committed to thoughtful growth planning that accommodates the individual needs of residents as well as the demands of rapid population growth on municipal infrastructure. With more families calling Milwaukie home, she plans to focus on the future of housing, parks and walkable neighborhoods across the city.

"Our child crosses a busy street several times a day to get to school or visit friends and they see firsthand the gaps in our neighborhood's infrastructure," she said. "I appreciate that our neighborhood is walkable, but our infrastructure improvements must be seen through the eyes of our future residents."

Stavenjord also believes that strategies to take "bold action" on climate change must embody change for the environment as well as the people who live in it. She sees potential in new federal investments, local attention to resilience, and community revitalization and economic development strategies.

An employee of both Clackamas and Multnomah counties for the last 22 years, Stavenjord is chief of staff for Multnomah County Commissioner Lori Stegmann. Stavenjord holds a master's degree in urban and regional planning.

Stavenjord is married to Jeff Paramchuk, a technical account manager and co-owner of their Three Stinky Goats Urban Farm. They have a child in middle school and a menagerie of rescue animals. She is a local Girl Scout leader, a volunteer for the Rose City Rollers, and a lifelong ice hockey fan, having coached and played for 28 years.

Stavenjord kicks off her campaign with a neighborhood block party from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, July 15, at Southeast 45th Avenue and Mason Hill Drive in Milwaukie. To learn more about her candidacy, visit RSforMilwaukie.com.

For questions about running for office in Milwaukie, email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-786-7502. For more information about filing for the November election (paperwork due between Aug. 1 and Aug. 30), visit milwaukieoregon.gov/elections.


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