Dear Neighbors,

We live in a wonderful community, and I seek to serve it as our next state representative to House District 38, a district that includes Lake Oswego and Southwest Portland. I am excited about what we can accomplish together to strengthen our public schools, work with existing and new companies to create more family-wage jobs, and ensure that fragile seniors and others can get help when they have a crisis. I have a proven ability to achieve results on these issues, and I’d like to do more in Salem.

A little background.

I grew up in Southern Oregon where my mother taught English at our junior high and my dad worked in our family-run manufacturing and construction business. After attending college and law school in the Northeast, my husband and I moved to Lake Oswego to raise our family. We have two kids who are in sixth and ninth grade in our local public schools. I am general counsel and a vice president at Oregon Iron Works, a manufacturing company that provides good, middle class jobs for around 450 workers. I have also served as a Clackamas County Commissioner, an executive at a local foundation called the Meyer Memorial Trust, and as an attorney for Legal Aid Services of Oregon and a private law firm.

Proven ability to achieve results.

I have a real track record of achieving results to benefit our public schools, create a good environment for businesses to generate jobs, and make it easier for struggling families and seniors to get help when they need it. Here are some examples:

Supporting strong public schools by:

  • Supporting creation of school-based health centers in Milwaukie, Sandy, and Estacada as a county commissioner so kids can deal with their medical needs and be able to focus on learning.
  • Helping pass our local school funding levy this year by canvassing, co-writing a guest opinion, and supporting voter registration efforts.
  • Co-founding and helping coach the Lake Oswego middle school debate club for the last two school years.

Creating a strong business climate so local companies could generate more family-wage jobs by:

  • Working for a major local manufacturer to help secure additional work so we can create more jobs.
  • Increasing access to high-speed Internet service in underserved areas of Clackamas County to save local schools money and help business owners in those areas get faster service.
  • Supporting efforts to improve our wastewater treatment approach so county service districts can offer customers low rates.
  • Improving regulations applicable to food carts so people can more easily start these small businesses.
  • Keeping a sharp eye on the bottom line by requiring a fiscal impact assessment for new county programs and by establishing a reserves and contingency fund policy.

Making sure struggling families and seniors could get help when they need it by:

  • Working with great partners including the Sheriff, county commissioners, the D.A., and many nonprofit leaders to launch A Safe Place Family Justice Center, where people fleeing from abuse and violence can get the legal, counseling, and other help they need to build a new life and protect their kids.
  • Supporting creation of a mental health walk-in clinic in Clackamas County so people experiencing a mental health crisis have someplace to go for help.
  • Supporting small grants for local food pantries so they can serve needy clients.

Please share your thoughts!

I am excited about the great work we can do together. I want to hear about the ideas you have for how we can help the people in our community. Please call me at 503.680.2276 or email me at to let me know about your priorities and how I can support them. Thank you.