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My Priorities

Homelessness, Housing, & Poverty

Every night in Multnomah County thousands of men, women, and children sleep on our streets. It is one of my top priorities to tackle the complex and interconnected issues of poverty and homelessness by addressing them through holistic, wraparound programs and services. Multnomah County should be a one-stop-shop for residents trying to access housing and social services to take care of themselves and their families.

I will work with community organizations that are tackling the tough issue of affordable housing and build coalitions between the state, city, and county to find long-term solutions to ensure Multnomah County remains a place where all people can afford to call home.

In the Legislature, I stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the men and women in our workforce by helping pass a statewide Paid Sick Leave law and I continue to advocate for an increased minimum wage. I will continue to be a leader at the County to ensure that everyone has a fair shot at a successful future.

Kids & Education

As a mother of two, I know the value of services that support kids and families. We must develop and fund programs for kids that span from the critical years of early childhood to enrichment programs that happen after the final bell of the school day. When kids are physically, emotionally, and mentally ready to learn they are more successful throughout their academic career and are more productive citizens. In the Legislature, I voted to increase funding for K-12 schools by more than $1 billion -- the biggest increase since the Great Recession. At the County, I will work with stakeholders to support programs like SUN Schools and the Early Kindergarten Transition program as well as implement action plans that ensure kids of all backgrounds and cultures have the tools they need to succeed.

Seniors

As Multnomah County’s population ages, I am committed to addressing their unique needs. That includes supporting senior centers -- especially in underserved communities in East County -- legal aid counseling, long-term care facilities, health education, fraud protection, and other programs that improve the vibrancy and well being of our elders. In the Legislature, I helped to craft budgets that prioritized seniors, including elder abuse protection programs and expanded access to the Senior Property Tax Deferral Program. I look forward to continuing my strong track record of fighting for seniors as a Multnomah County Commissioner.

Safe Neighborhoods

Part of the foundation of a great community is the freedom to feel secure in our homes and neighborhoods. In my role as Multnomah County Commissioner, I will work to grow positive relationships between all our diverse communities and our law enforcement officers who put their lives on the lines protecting our neighborhoods. I was proud to sponsor HB 2002 which banned racial profiling in Oregon and set up a central review committee for profiling complaints.

I will be a champion for investing in evidence-based, data-driven strategies that treat offenders. In the Legislature, I voted “yes” on a major Justice Reinvestment initiative. This initiative will shift and reverse Oregon’s long-term trend of increased incarceration rates and prison construction and will ultimately lead to the rehabilitation of non-violent offenders, reduce recidivism, and make our criminal justice system more equitable and efficient.

Strong Infrastructure

As an East Portland resident, I understand how better infrastructure is needed to make safer, more liveable neighborhoods. I serve on the Outer Powell Transportation Safety Project Decision Committee, the Powell Division Steering Committee, and the Division-Midway Neighborhood Street Plan Work Group to move forward projects that increase local and state investments in better sidewalks, greenways, streets. In my time in the legislature, I’ve brought home over $20 million for East Portland road safety projects, including sidewalks, crosswalks, and curb-extenders.

Health & Wellness

The County, more so than any other level of government, is responsible for the health of residents. I plan to be a leader in ensuring access to quality and affordable mental and physical health services for everyone. This includes passing budgets that fund programs for the disabled, survivors of domestic violence, veterans, and those battling drug and alcohol addiction.

Jobs & the Economy

Hardworking Oregonians and Multnomah County residents deserve all the credit for their resiliency in working through tough times since the economic downtown. In the last few years, our local and state economy has bounced back and I will continue to support policies and budgets that create opportunities for economic growth and infrastructure development. I support the construction of a new central Multnomah County Courthouse, which I know will create family-wage jobs and also provide access to justice for all residents.

The Environment

I am an advocate for environmental justice. In the Legislature, I led the effort to advance Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program, which will make the air we breathe cleaner, reduce car emissions, and encourage technological innovations in the renewable energy. As Commissioner, I will continue to be on the frontlines of these issues, ensuring we are engaged in and implementing equitable strategies laid out in the 2015 Climate Action Plan. By doing so, I know we can improve energy efficiency in our homes, commercial business, and transportation infrastructure. I am committed to seeing that the Climate Action Plan is sensitive to the distinct and acute needs of East Portlanders, including improving opportunities for people to safely walk, bike, and use public transit.

Good Government & Responsible Budgeting

As Vice Chair of the House Revenue Committee, I am experienced in the intricacies of tax policy and in making tough choices to ensure taxpayers get the highest return on their investment. I plan to use those skills at Multnomah County, exercising transparent and collaborative budgeting strategies in addition to encouraging public-private partnerships and other creative mechanisms to make public dollars stretch further.

Meet Jessica

I am a mother, a business professional, a progressive Democrat, a proud resident of East Portland, and the first Latina elected to the Oregon House of Representatives.

I'm running for Multnomah County Commissioner because I believe everyone in our region deserves a fair shot. I want to make Multnomah County an even better place to live, work, and raise a family. I'm ready to get to work and I hope you'll join us!.

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