"one of the most effective and values-minded city commissioners during his six years on the council."

- Portland Mercury's 2014 Endorsement

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What I Believe

Over the past year, I have learned the deeper meaning of gratitude. What am I grateful for? I have a loving and supportive family. I have great doctors, nurses and practitioners helping me through a big health challenge. I live in a progressive, forward-thinking city. I am passionate about public service. And I have the honor of serving as a Portland City Commissioner.

That might not be on everyone’s dream job list, but I’ll tell you why it’s on mine: every day, I bring people together to solve problems. Some of the solutions change a lot of lives, like leading the charge for 2,000 new units of supportive housing for our neighbors experiencing mental health crisis and drug addiction. Some of them change just one, like hiring and standing alongside a talented DREAMer on my staff.

But all of them touch on what I fight for every day: a city where everyone is welcome, where everyone has a safe and decent place to call home, and where everyone has a chance to chase their dreams.  

It’s a city where government works for us, not against us, and where everyone has access to a park or natural area no matter where they live. 

That’s why I’m running for re-election to the Portland City Council. I’m proud of all the change I’ve helped deliver for the people of Portland, but there’s still so much left to do. Our values are under attack from the Trump Administration, and our most vulnerable need a champion with the experience, the relationships and the passion to fight back.  

But we can't just play defense. We must lead.It will take perseverance and strong partnerships. Not everyone will agree. But I have learned that there is nothing more inspiring than bringing people together to move our city forward.

It's our city. Let's rise to the occasion.