My priorities

 

Making home affordable

As a legislator, school board member, community volunteer, and just walking the streets of Gresham, I’ve seen first-hand how this housing crisis is affecting our community. One of my top priorities is working to make Gresham a place where everyone can afford a place to call home.

I believe we need to throw everything we’ve got at this issue. We must build more affordable housing, expand homeownership, provide shelter and services for people on the streets, and enact protections against extreme rent increases and no-cause evictions. I hear a lot of urgency from constituents around housing, and I want to see our legislature take action now to solve this problem.

 

Supporting working families

I worked my way up through the ranks to become Gresham’s first woman Chief of Police while raising my daughter here in Gresham. Working families today face so many challenges, and I feel it is essential that we give everyone a fair shot to succeed. That’s why I support giving workers access to paid time off to take care of themselves or a family member, programs that help workers save for retirement, and fair scheduling rules.

Employment should be about getting ahead, not just getting by. Strong protections for workers—including pay equity and the right to organize and advocate for better wages and working conditions—is an essential part of building an economy that works for everyone.

 

Expanding opportunity

As a mother and member of the Gresham-Barlow School Board, I believe that education is the key to success. In the legislature, I’ve increased our state’s investments in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and CTE (Career Technical Education) at Mt. Hood Community College, to give our young people in our community the opportunity to take high-paying jobs in the future.

I’ve been a long-time advocate for policies in our schools that work for students, teachers, and parents. I believe that education funding should be a priority, because I know that hiring quality teachers and reducing class sizes helps our kids and our community thrive.

 

Keeping our community safe

For thirty years on the police force, I walked the streets of Gresham and worked to keep our community safe from violence. As your State Representative, I passed the Safety and Savings Act, which made investments in programs that help kids stay on the path to success, like the Rockwood Boys and Girls Club, and I secured the funding for the East Metro Gang Enforcement Team.

I stood for requiring background checks on all gun sales and made it more difficult for domestic abusers to get a gun. I was also deeply involved in passing a law that mandates testing sexual assault evidence kits, and I chair the task force that oversees the testing process. I’m extremely proud to report that the SAFE kit backlog is now forecast to be zero by the end of the year, and I look forward to continuing work on common-sense reform that keeps Oregonians safe while making our criminal justice system fair for all.

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