February 19, 2020
Last week, I had a jam-packed schedule of events to get my campaign rolling!
On Thursday, I had my first house party with my neighbors at 1122 Gallery in Montavilla, where I was their featured “artist.” We discussed how my top proposals to improve the city––which includes transitioning the Portland City Council to district representation and dismantling the commission form of government, as well as including impacted communities in decision-making processes. We all agreed: these changes are essential to creating a city that works for all Portlanders.
I also visited the launch party for my friend and fellow organizer, Khanh Pham, who’s running for State Representative in House District 46. Khanh is the Alliances Director for OPAL Environmental Justice. I am so excited for her to be my next State Representative!
Most importantly, I had my Campaign Launch (and Birthday) Party at Tea Chai Té on Saturday! Friends, family, and lots of supporters turned out to help me celebrate both milestones and learn about my ideas for a more representational and functional city government.
I especially want to thank the speakers and emcee of the event: Emcee, Emerson Hamlin, is playing a lead role in the UP Now! Campaign to provide universal preschool for all 3 and 4 year olds in Multnomah County, and who also started as an intern in my 2018 campaign and is now my Field Director! Serin Bussell, who is the Chair of Portland’s Open & Accountable Elections Commission (and also a candidate for House District 33), Juan Carlos Ordoñez, who was the Chair of the Multnomah County Charter Review Commission, and Erica Fuller, who is a founding board member of East County Rising and organizer of the Portland Women’s March. We all had a great time. Thank you to everybody who came!
All this support has pushed me ever closer to the goal of 250 Portland resident donations that I need to qualify for the City’s public financing program, Open and Accountable Elections. If you’ve already donated $5, $10, or more to help me qualify, thank you! Please also ask a friend or two to donate to help get me the rest of the way there! Tell them it’s investing in their local democracy by giving grassroots candidates like me a fighting chance.
If you haven’t donated yet, please do so today! There are now 16 candidates in this race! Help me qualify as soon as possible to establish me as a front-runner candidate!
Every donation helps! With the new public financing program, the City will match any contribution of $5 to $50 from a Portland resident 6 times! That means that if you contribute the maximum amount of $250, your donation will actually equal $550 due to the matching funds.
Thank you for all that you do to support this campaign and this city that we all love! This is our city, our future––and together I know we can make it better.