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JULIA DeGRAW

Business as usual at City Hall isn’t working for all Portlanders.

Wages aren’t keeping up with the cost of living. Housing costs are through the roof. And big business influence has deepened our city’s economic and environmental crises. My campaign is about building power with the people to make real change in our community.

Living in outer Southeast Portland, I see first-hand the impact of this neglect on my community. This neglect is partially a product of outer East Portland’s lack of representation on City Council. Not a single City Commissioner lives East of Cesar E Chavez Boulevard, let alone 82nd Avenue, even though the area is Portland’s fastest-growing. This is a fundamental problem, which needs to change – this election means being part of a real shift in City Hall.

My years of experience winning real protections for our environment and building coalitions for good, clean jobs have shown my commitment to a future which serves all Portlanders. Every day, it is my job as an organizer to bring together impacted communities, experts, and activists to craft solutions based on equity, transparency, accountability, and real relationships.

“When we stand together against corporate interests, we can win”

From beating back Nestlé’s plan to bottle public water in the Gorge, to organizing against mega-dairies in rural Oregon and fighting Monsanto’s toxic agricultural practices, I know what it takes to bring Oregonians together to win for each other. The experience, skills, and values that drive my economic and environmental justice advocacy will also guide me as a Portland City Commissioner.

When leaders talk about diversity, they often mean token representation. I will make sure that leaders and members of diverse communities actually drive policy decisions in City Hall. Disenfranchised communities have seen the worst impacts of environmental damage, the unequal economic boom, and racial bias in our city. Actions have to match values. That’s why I will not accept corporate contributions to my campaign.

City politics works when it embraces the people’s voices over the interests of corporations. This is Our City, and Our Future. Please join me in making it better by endorsing, volunteering, or donating to my campaign for Portland City Council (Position 2).