By Jesse Cornett of Portland, Oregon. Jesse is a candidate for Portland City Council. Learn more at JesseCornett.com
I’m Jesse Cornett and I’m running for the Portland City Council.
Many of you know me. I’m proud to have been one of the three co-founders of BlueOregon, along with Jeff Alworth and Kari Chisholm.
Why I’m running
I’m running for City Council because Portland deserves proactive leadership that ensures our great city is a leader in the nation. During these difficult times, City Hall needs to focus on education, jobs, and safe neighborhoods. My priorities:
- A coordinated approach to spur and support small business development and retention.
- Making sure that Portland is known as a business-friendly city that also values a high quality of life for all of its citizens.
- Expediting the cleanup of polluted industrial sites so Portland has land available to attract family-wage jobs.
- Promoting a thriving business community and local economy. Our school children need two things to succeed: stable families and stable schools. Family-wage jobs are the key to both.
- Keeping Portland neighborhoods clean and safe. Whether we’re reducing homelessness or making sure that kids in your neighborhood have the ability to walk or bike safely to school, the City of Portland should focus on increasing the quality of neighborhoods across our great city.
And while every candidate talks about education, jobs, and public safety, here’s what we know: Electing the same people again and again isn’t a way to deliver on change. To change the direction of our city, we have to change the hands on the steering wheel. Now is the time to move Portland forward, and I am the right person to do it.
What else should you know about me?
I’m the first college graduate in my family; I also earned a Master’s of Public Administration from PSU in 2003. Right out of graduate school, I worked with Oregon’s Secretary of State Bill Bradbury where I oversaw the process to develop one of the most transparent systems of campaign finance reporting in the nation. Most recently, I worked for Portland State University, ensuring our students get a quality education at the lowest possible tuition.
Some of you also know that I was a co-founder of the Oregon Bus Project. From the initial planning meetings, to actively volunteering during the first election cycle, I was honored to have been a part of the Bus Project and have been a vocal supporter ever since. In the several years that the Bus Project has been active, thousands of young people have been engaged in the political process, and thousands more have been registered to vote.
If you’d like to read my full bio, please visit my campaign website. I’m someone who has been deeply engaged in action and I feel good about the work I’ve put into improving my community. I don’t just talk about what I’m going to do, I do it. From my involvement with the Army and National Guard to being a reserve deputy sheriff, I work hard to make a difference.
Now I’d like to roll up my sleeves and go to work for Portlanders, and improve our government at the city level. I know that with your help, this endeavor is sure to be a success.
How you can help
For my campaign to be a success, I need your help. I have until January 29th to gather one thousand $5 contributions in order to qualify for public financing. If you are a registered voter in the City of Portland, I hope you will consider making a contribution.
We’re throwing an event at the Lucky Lab this Saturday, January 23rd from 6-9 pm. Please come by and meet me, tell me what you think Portland should be doing, and take a moment to hear my thoughts. If you like what I have to say, I hope you’ll contribute $5 to help me qualify.
I look forward to talking with you, and together, we will move Portland forward!