Obviously, for many families the vision I talked about sounds lovely but not important to them, because the issues they have are whether they will be able to keep their home, or pay for medical bills, or even feed their kids. I don’t just hear about these things from friends and neighbors, I’m living it. Because when the economy goes South as badly as this one has, it doesn’t matter how talented, experienced and hardworking you are, if there is no work, there is no work. Most people running for office do so almost as a luxury, they aren’t worrying about those issues, at best, they’ve read about it somewhere. So really, how representative are they of all the people in that situation? I’m running for office because it’s abundantly clear to me that the way things are being done now is not the way that’s best for a huge percentage of the population. There may not be a whole lot that a small-town mayor can do about an economy that’s been gamed for 50 years to serve the rich at the expense of everybody else, but it’s a start. We, all of us, need to look for opportunities for positive change and be motivated enough to cause them to happen.
I will actively work to bring new businesses to Milwaukie and am working on a plan that will encourage those businesses to hire locally whenever possible. I am currently working on several ways to help bring housing affordability and variety to our city. The folks that grew up here should not have to move away, simply because their wages have not kept pace with the cost of housing. I am open to more ideas on ways that a city can help its citizens have more financial security.I also believe that as the effects of climate change become more extreme they will affect the poor and middle class far worse. It is incumbent on us all to solve this – the biggest crisis that has ever faced mankind. The federal government has abdicated responsibility and if anything is working to make it worse. It is up to the cities to do everything in our power to slow and reverse this catastrophe.
I will continue to work to make our world a place that is healthy and vibriant for this generation and those that follow. See the link below.