We live in a wonderful community, and I seek to serve it as our next state representative to House District 38, a district that includes Lake Oswego and Southwest Portland. I am excited about what we can accomplish together to strengthen our public schools, work with existing and new companies to create more family-wage jobs, and ensure that fragile seniors and others can get help when they have a crisis. I have a proven ability to achieve results on these issues, and I’d like to do more in Salem.
A little background.
I grew up in Southern Oregon where my mother taught English at our junior high and my dad worked in our family-run manufacturing and construction business. After attending college and law school in the Northeast, my husband and I moved to Lake Oswego to raise our family. We have two kids who are in sixth and ninth grade in our local public schools. I am general counsel and a vice president at Oregon Iron Works, a manufacturing company that provides good, middle class jobs for around 450 workers. I have also served as a Clackamas County Commissioner, an executive at a local foundation called the Meyer Memorial Trust, and as an attorney for Legal Aid Services of Oregon and a private law firm.
Proven ability to achieve results.
I have a real track record of achieving results to benefit our public schools, create a good environment for businesses to generate jobs, and make it easier for struggling families and seniors to get help when they need it. Here are some examples:
Supporting strong public schools by:
- Supporting creation of school-based health centers in Milwaukie, Sandy, and Estacada as a county commissioner so kids can deal with their medical needs and be able to focus on learning.
- Helping pass our local school funding levy this year by canvassing, co-writing a guest opinion, and supporting voter registration efforts.
- Co-founding and helping coach the Lake Oswego middle school debate club for the last two school years.
Creating a strong business climate so local companies could generate more family-wage jobs by:
- Working for a major local manufacturer to help secure additional work so we can create more jobs.
- Increasing access to high-speed Internet service in underserved areas of Clackamas County to save local schools money and help business owners in those areas get faster service.
- Supporting efforts to improve our wastewater treatment approach so county service districts can offer customers low rates.
- Improving regulations applicable to food carts so people can more easily start these small businesses.
- Keeping a sharp eye on the bottom line by requiring a fiscal impact assessment for new county programs and by establishing a reserves and contingency fund policy.
Making sure struggling families and seniors could get help when they need it by:
- Working with great partners including the Sheriff, county commissioners, the D.A., and many nonprofit leaders to launch A Safe Place Family Justice Center, where people fleeing from abuse and violence can get the legal, counseling, and other help they need to build a new life and protect their kids.
- Supporting creation of a mental health walk-in clinic in Clackamas County so people experiencing a mental health crisis have someplace to go for help.
- Supporting small grants for local food pantries so they can serve needy clients.
Please share your thoughts!
I am excited about the great work we can do together. I want to hear about the ideas you have for how we can help the people in our community. Please call me at 503.680.2276 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know about your priorities and how I can support them. Thank you.