As Secretary of State, my priorities are to:
Expand election security and voter access
Our elections are under attack from hackers, and voter turnout is low among young voters and people from vulnerable communities.
- Appoint an Election Security Officer to identify and address system weaknesses and verify accuracy of electronic counting machines.
- Ensure transparency and strictly enforce violations of election law, including anticipated campaign finance reform.
- Provide better online access, educate voters on identifying false news, and engage more voters by providing information in other languages.
- Support innovative county clerks: testing STAR or ranked-choice voting and online voting for overseas service members.
- Advocate for legislative reform: campaign finance, same day registration, honor ballot postmarks, expand voter registration to all state agencies, allow 17-year olds to vote in school board elections, and require the Secretary of State to increase voter engagement.
- Work with other Secretaries of State to improve ballot access and security throughout the US.
- Reviewed voting system strategies through a municipal charter review to ensure equal access and voter rights.
- Assisted refugees and immigrants with the naturalization process and voter education.
- Engaged vulnerable and marginalized communities across Oregon in voter registration and the election process.
- Elected to public office three times and voluntarily adopted campaign finance contribution limits.
Audit for accountability
Audits provide a roadmap for good government, ensure transparency for how our tax dollars are spent, and reduce outsourcing to the politically powerful.
- Conduct financial, performance, equity, sustainability, and information security audits that include input from frontline staff and the public.
- Audit Oregon’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic to see what we did well, what needs to improve, and how we can be more prepared for the next crisis to better serve Oregonians.
- Enforce requirement for state agencies to audit subcontractors, including private businesses that use state funds.
- Leverage resources to provide information to local government agencies on conducting self-audits and assessments.
- Daylight worker health and safety issues through audit process.
- Oversight of audits as a program manager, city manager, and elected city councilor.
- Implemented municipal organizational effectiveness program.
- Managed capacity building program for 50 community-based organizations that included organizational assessments and financial management training to enable successful completion of audits.
Increase economic vitality
Registering and assisting businesses, especially small and family businesses, is crucial to Oregon’s economic health because they are the backbone of our economy and provide critical economic diversification in rural areas.
- Increase outreach on how to start and operate a small businesses.
- Promote voluntary certification as B-Corporations to provide social benefits to local communities.
- Oregon small business owner.
- Served on municipal economic development committee.
- Managed nonprofit that helped newly arrived refugees become self-sufficient.
Ensure sustainable stewardship of state lands and waterways
The Secretary of State is one of three members on the State Land Board that makes decisions for our state lands and waterways.
- Bring urban and rural Oregonians together to develop a long-term, sustainable vision to protect our air and water – for now and for future generations – and develop innovative strategies to secure resources for our Common School Fund.
- Reinvigorate Oregon’s Sustainability Board to support development of policies to address and adapt to our changing climate.
- Would be only member of State Land Board with natural resource management experience.
- Degrees in civil engineering, regional planning, and law with a focus on natural resources, water and Indian Law. Worked as an environmental planner and natural resource attorney and consultant, with service on numerous boards and commissions addressing water and environmental issues.
- While a city councilor, led on promoting policy and implementing measures to address climate change.
Improve access to Oregon’s public records and history
Our state archives document our state laws and tell our history. It is important to reduce barriers to information access and tell the complete story of Oregon that dates back to time immemorial.
- Maintain public records to document our laws and history because transparency is critical to a healthy democracy.
- Ensure Oregon’s record management laws are implemented fairly and consistently.
- Advocate for policies that make it easier for Oregonians to access documents.
- As an attorney, I understand the importance of communicating our laws, keeping records, and making documents accessible.
- As an elected official, I understand the importance of ensuring information is available to promote good governance.
- As a citizen, I know that access to information is the cornerstone of a successful democracy.
If Necessary, Serve as Governor
If the Governor is unable to serve, the Secretary of State steps into our state’s chief executive role.
- Remain informed on statewide and national issues that impact Oregonians.
- Maintain strong working relationships with local and regional community leaders to ensure Oregon keeps moving forward.
- Extensive executive, management, and community experience that ensures a smooth transition of leadership.
- Ability to step into leadership role and effectively lead in statewide, national, and international positions.
- Represented international humanitarian agency in Eastern Europe and led municipal delegation to establish a sister city in Southeast Asia.