By Judy Shiprack of Portland, Oregon. Judy is a candidate for Multnomah County Commission, District 3. (Currently held by Commissioner Lisa Naito.)
I want to be a Multnomah County Commissioner because I care passionately about the work Multnomah County does, and the work it could do.
I learned the skills it takes to get things done during three Legislative Sessions as a SE Portland State Representative. I have chaired legislative committees, and I have a voting record. You don't have to take my word for where I stand; you can look it up. I have advocated effectively for labor, for gay and lesbian rights, for affordable housing, for the environment, for drug and alcohol treatment, for health care, for the rights of disabled people, for community services, and for putting resources where they will do the most good.
Multnomah County's tax dollars go to Salem and disappear. We get $.47 for every $1 we send in vehicle registration and gas taxes, and it's not just happening with transportation. I know how Salem works, and I can work with our legislative delegation to return a fair share of tax dollars to our services and citizens.
I support universal health care. I support a coordinated and smart public safety system that treats crime prevention as a priority, treats victims with respect, and holds criminals accountable. And I support safe and well maintained roads and bridges and a transportation system sufficient to play the vital role it must in a thriving economy.
The Multnomah Board of County Commissioners can help connect some of the dots: 85% of people in jail have a drug or alcohol addiction. We need more treatment programs. Mentally ill people are arrested when they need health care, not a jail bed. We will do a better job reducing our carbon footprint if we make biking safer, and stop criminals from victimizing people on MAX trains.
I'm a Reedie (MAT 1973), a former teacher (Jefferson High School), a lawyer (Lewis and Clark 1980) and a former Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney. I represented a portion of County Commission District #3 in the State Legislature from 1987 to 1991. I developed affordable housing for ten years before joining Multnomah County as the Director of the Local Public Safety Coordinating Council in 2003.
I have raised two daughters (both attended Portland Public Schools), and I have lived in District 3 for 30 years. And if you look up my voting record, look up Judy Bauman, because that was my name then.
If you'd like to join me, and become involved in my campaign, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd love to have your support!