Why I'm running.
Our home community has been a safe, affordable, thriving place to live and raise a family, but our community is under great stress now. I’m a mom of three who grew up and raised my family in East Portland. I’m a small businessperson and have been a volunteer school board member and the only candidate with three decades of experience of cutting through red tape to get things done — providing decisive, effective leadership to solve tough problems.
I will push for more urgency and accountability and not settle for the status quo approach to homelessness, mental health services and public safety. We need to see more results in East Portland for the tax dollars we pay, and I will make sure your needs and concerns are heard by County government.
My top 3 priorities.
We have a crisis on our streets with homelessness, crime, and a lack of mental health and drug treatment. We need urgent action on our biggest challenges. My priorities will be:
--More action to address and clean up homeless encampments; end street camping humanely with more shelter and housing options and mental health and addiction treatment for those who need it.
-- Reducing crime and gun violence to make our neighborhoods safer, more staffing to improve law enforcement response times, and better supporting and protecting local businesses from crime and vandalism.
--Better accountability, with more independent auditing to ensure we get better results for our tax dollars.
Why voters should choose me.
For nearly three decades, I have successfully tackled tough problems in East Portland and throughout Oregon. I have a clear agenda to help East Portland recover and thrive again, and a proven track record, getting results to improve our community.
That’s why I have been endorsed by more than 175 organizations, elected and community leaders, including: Portland Firefighters Association; IBEW Local 48; former Oregon Governors Barbara Roberts, Ted Kulongoski, and Kate Brown; Congresswoman Andrea Salinas; Rep. Thuy Tran; Sen. Kathleen Taylor; parents across the city; more than 10 current and former school Board members, and many more. Go to www.JuliaBrim-Edwards.com to see the full list.