I am a candidate for Beaverton’s City Council Position #1 in the May 18, 2021 Special Election. I find it unconscionable to ask people for money in the midst of a pandemic and a recession. So many people in Beaverton are struggling in the most profound ways: socially isolated, economically strained, and mentally exhausted. As a veteran with a lifetime of service to my community and country, I am extremely fortunate to receive a military pension that allows my financial needs to be met. Because of that pension, I believe the American taxpayer continues to compensate me for continuing in my long tradition of public service. I will gratefully decline any further campaign contributions and will self-fund my campaign. I will also return all donations made before now.
Instead of having a donate button or entertaining fundraising schemes, I encourage you to support local nonprofits doing good work in our community. They need and deserve your financial assistance to continue taking care of our most vulnerable communities.
Furthermore, as an elected member of Beaverton’s City Council, I am committed to donating ALL of my after-tax compensation for serving as a Councilor to a different local nonprofit each month. I do not see public office as a path to personal financial enrichment and empowerment. I recognize that not all candidates and elected officials are in the position to make the same choice, and strongly believe that politics should not solely be the domain of people with financial means, but this decision is the right one for me. I believe I have a duty and an obligation to serve our community and the people of Beaverton.
See related Press Release here.