Why are you running for city councilor, what do you bring to the table that your opponents do not?
I’m running for city council because the community I live in matters to me. I’m a native Oregonian, a first generation American, grew up in a single parent household, and the first in my family to go to college. My success is a direct result of my community caring and investing in me and I want to serve Tigard with the purpose, care, and thoughtfulness I was shown.
My husband and I fell in love with Tigard. We’re incredibly excited to be starting a family here and cannot wait to show our little girl everything we love about Tigard. One of the things that I appreciate the most about Tigard is the people. Volunteers give their time on boards, committees and non-profits, the business community supports each other, and the residents give tirelessly of their time and money. Tigard is unique and special because of its people.
I’ve worked hard for Tigard residents since my appointment to Council in 2019. Working alongside community members, organizations, and businesses has allowed me to better understand and address issues facing our community. I bring professional accounting experience to the Council, which includes taking the extra step of a college level course to better understand Government Accounting to advise on issues that come before us. Being in a younger demographic, with a young family also gives me perspective on a variety of issues facing other Tigard families. These are perspectives I bring to the Council and consider in every vote I take.
What is the #1 issue facing Tigard and what do you propose we do about it?
Tigard has the River Terrace development, potentially adding two urban growth reserve areas: River Terrace West and South, Downtown Urban Renewal District, Tigard Triangle Renewal District, and the Washington Square Regional Center Update Project. These projects show us that Tigard is growing and changing before our eyes.
The biggest issue we face is how do we plan this change in an equitable way. We can’t deny that change is coming, and it’s our responsibility to make sure we create a community that has housing options, transportation options, and thriving businesses while protecting our climate.
To support multiple housing options, there have been code changes to allow for more housing built within the city limits including Accessory Dwelling Units and Cottage Clusters. Tigard has the Affordable Housing Plan, passed in 2019, and partners with community organizations to provide affordable housing options such as the Senior Center Housing.
Our Complete Streets Policy views transportation through the lens of all road users. This means new roads should provide alternatives to single vehicle traffic through public transportation, protected bike lanes, and safer sidewalks.
I’ve pushed to ensure new development has appropriate land for businesses. This includes supporting multi-use housing coming into the Tigard Triangle with retail space below the housing units and having business land in the River Terrace areas.
Creating these kinds of developments allows for users to have access to alternative transportation, along with incentivising construction using sustainable materials and renewable energy to help combat climate change.