Thank you for visiting my 2016 campaign web site.
Portlanders continue to face many challenges. While I am proud of my actions helping to get our community through the Great Recession in my first term, and on the path to recovery in my second, there is still much work to be done. I am running for re-election because I am the woman with the most experience and qualifications to work for you, and to be Your Voice in City Hall. I care passionately about promoting success for everyone in Portland.
In my second term, I engaged Mayor Hales and all my colleagues on the Council in establishing the City’s priority on equity for everyone regardless of race, disability, or geographical location.
I have continued to focus on independent, fiscally responsible, transparent oversight of City spending, via the City Budget Office. I led the Council in adopting Binding City Policy directing investment of “surplus” money on infrastructure maintenance of existing City assets before spending on new projects. Taxes pay for services. Portland has many more needs than the resources available, so more than ever it is crucial to invest taxpayers’ money wisely.
I coordinated the Council in adopting unanimously Portland’s Paid Sick Leave ordinance, which resulted in the State Legislature adopting almost-identical rights for workers statewide (including first-in-the-nation coverage for agricultural workers). I asked Portland voters to help maintain our beloved parks and provide basic renovations in our treasured public community spaces, and you responded with 74% approval of the Fix Our Parks bond measure. I led the Council in passing ordinances restricting smoking in parks, prohibiting use of bee-killing insecticides on City property, and opposing transport of oil-trains and other dangerous fossil fuels through our neighborhoods.
I’m running for re-election because I want to keep working for you. Please visit this site often, and engage in discussions on what we can accomplish together in the next four years.