Oregon Native and Long-time Small Business Owner
I was born and raised here in Clackamas County and have owned and operated an auto repair business in Milwaukie for the past 25+ years. After graduating from Portland State University, I bought my business from my father, just as he did from his father. This year we will celebrate 90 years in business. I’ve spent most of my life serving our community. From organizing the Milwaukie Farmers Market to representing our community at the local, state and federal levels. My experience is diverse, but I have more work to do. I welcome the opportunity to continue serving you and your family as Clackamas County Chair.
Jobs are Number One
No two issues are more important to me than providing jobs in Clackamas County and keeping our communities safe. I have worked hard to create, retain and expand the job base in Clackamas County. Our superb quality of life, wonderful amenities and rich natural resources uniquely position our County to attract business investment and offer citizens a great places to live, work and play.
Public Safety is a Top Priority
I am a strong supporter of policies that keep our communities safe. I walk the talk. Besides serving as the lead commissioner liaison focused on corrections and juveniles, I am also on the State Board of Community Corrections. I believe we must give local law enforcement the resources and attention they need to be effective. Some of the hot button issues I have been working on include addressing rowdy behavior along the Clackamas River; requiring homing beacons on Mt. Hood so we can locate missing climbers; and supporting the sheriff’s challenging community policing mission.
Economic Vitality is Critical
Our County, just like the rest of the country, has been through one of the worst economic crises in our nation’s history. As things are beginning to again look up, Clackamas County is ready to make the most of the improving economy to assure our business and industry get the support they need to grow and expand. We want our citizens to benefit from the economic and lifestyles opportunities which make our county one of the best places in the country to live and raise a family.
Join Me in Keeping Clackamas County Vibrant
The natural beauty of Clackamas County, from the Cascade summits to the rich agricultural lands of the Willamette Valley, and all of the cities, farms, forest lands and communities in between are treasures to be protected and enhanced.
Your county commission is a hard working team, but with my leadership as Commission Chair, I believe we can be a more effective one. Together, we can determine a clear path forward for citizens and business to find the critical balance between jobs, public safety, quality of life, great schools, an efficient transportation system and economic vitality and opportunity.
I ask you to join me in making Clackamas County a stronger, more vibrant county.
Together we can continue to make our County one of the greatest places to live, work and enjoy the very best of Oregon!