September 17, 2020

Safety, Security, Law and Order

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It’s hard not to be disturbed by much of what we’ve seen in the news the past few months. What makes it worse is that some of the worst images of riots and civil unrest from across the entire country are coming from nearby downtown Portland. My professional background gives me a particular perspective on issues relating to criminal justice.…

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September 10, 2020

What it Takes to Build a Community

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I’ll admit that I didn’t know what to expect when I first started using the Nextdoor app for Aloha. Internet technology has certainly made the world a smaller place. But I’ve also seen it cause division and distance between friends and family members. Instead, I ended up being amazed at the camaraderie I saw people have in their own individual…

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August 26, 2020

Thank You for Your Support

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Throughout my public service career, one of the most important lessons I’ve learned is that leadership is a team sport. This is especially true in government, where the end goal is to serve all the citizens to the best extent possible, despite our differences.  Unfortunately, common sense leadership has lost ground to ideologically-based leadership to our detriment. True leadership involves…

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