Hi, I’m Mark Gamba, Mayor of the blue-collar city of Milwaukie. I left behind my 30 year career as a photojournalist, working with clients like National Geographic and Adidas, to serve the public because of my concern about the issues facing my community.
I’ve spent the last 8 years in service to the City of Milwaukie. As Mayor I’ve focused on helping people, fighting climate change, and serving my city. However as I look around our region I continue to see people struggling. People are facing the possibility of not being able to feed their children, not being able to afford to go to the doctor, and homelessness. Not enough is being done to help these people and I am running for Congress so I can fix problems in Washington, D.C., just like I’ve fixed problems in Milwaukie.
Here in Milwaukie, I’ve championed the creation and design of our climate action plan. Milwaukie now has one of the most aggressive climate action plans for a city of our size in the state and we are now ensuring this plan is baked in to our comprehensive plan for decades to come. We’re also addressing homelessness by developing a better system for connecting people to resources and focusing on increased housing options. I led the city council in passing a construction excise tax, and we are currently partnering with the county to expand an affordable housing project by 200-300%, as well as working to change zoning laws to allow more naturally affordable types of housing to be built.
There are solutions to the problems facing our country, we just need the right leaders in Congress who are willing to stand up and fight for those solutions. Politicians who aren’t millionaires and aren’t in the pocket of corporate donors. Real people who will champion solutions to improve our country. I will be that leader and I hope I can count on your vote in the Democratic primary to represent the 5th Congressional District of Oregon.