What I Believe

I’m the luckiest guy in the world. I have a wonderful, loving family. I live in a progressive, forward-thinking city. I am passionate about public service. And for the last 10 years, I’ve had 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 2000 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. I’m proud of all the change I’ve helped deliver for the residents 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 passion, knowledge and experience to fight back. But we can't just play defense. We must lead. And the time is now. 

It will take perseverance and strong partnerships. Not everyone will agree. But after doing this work for a decade, I can tell you there’s nothing more inspiring than bringing people together to move our city forward.

I can’t wait. Let’s get to work.