September 14, 2020

Working to Ensure Washington County’s Autonomy

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It was recently announced that Multnomah County will be taken off of the state’s COVID-19 watch list. Multnomah County had been on it since July 30, meaning that its businesses and residents faced additional restrictions for about a month. While it’s good for Multnomah County that it’s being taken off of the watch list, the fact that it was ever…

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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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