Q: What is your professional background?
A: I work as a registered nurse at the OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute and have been on the front lines of helping patients during the COVID pandemic.
Q: Do you have any prior governmental experience?
A: Yes. For the past 3.5 years, I have served on the Wilsonville City Council.
Q: Have you done any work on regional housing issues?
A: Yes. I represented the City of Wilsonville as a member of its Equitable Housing Strategic Plan Task Force and served as its chair.
Q: Have you led any other major initiatives at the local level while serving on the Wilsonville City Council?
A: Yes. I was instrumental in getting term limits passed for councilors and the mayor’s position. That was the biggest change to the city charter in decades.
Q: Do you support tolling existing roads?
A: No. I am firmly opposed to burdening working families by charging them to drive on roads that they’ve been using to get to their jobs.
Q: What experience do you have on transportation issues?
A: I worked with legislators in both major political parties to take steps towards resolving the growing congestion issues on the Boone Bridge.
Q: Have you ever done any advocacy at the national level?
A: Yes. I was the plaintiff in a major civil rights case that went all the way to the U.S. District Court. We prevailed, and those rights were expanded to people all over Oregon. I was an advocate that work on a similar case that went to the U.S. Supreme court that extended those rights to people all over the country.
Q: Do you support efforts to increase the amount of buildable land for housing?
A: Yes. We need an adequate supply of land to meet the growing demand for housing of all kinds.
Q: Do you support high-density housing mandates?
A: No. I think part of the reason people live in suburbs or small towns is so they can own a single-family home with property. I want to preserve that quality of life for our residents, instead of trying to force everybody into high-density housing.
Q: Do you support giving Metro more control over local matters?
A: No. If Metro’s policies continue to hurt local governments, I would support withdrawing Clackamas County from it or doing away with it entirely.