Gresham City Councilor Eddy Morales Launches Candidacy for Mayor
by Team Eddy, on 8/7/20 9:00 AM
GRESHAM, OR – With the support of community leaders, small business owners, residents and volunteers, last night City Councilor Eddy Morales announced his candidacy to be Gresham’s next mayor. Eddy made the announcement during a virtual event to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The event also showcased volunteers who were already working to make sure people are registered to vote in the November election.
Eddy’s incredible coalition of support, including official endorsements from more than 60 community leaders, reflects his commitment to engage more residents on decisions before the city council. Whether at the ballot box or a public council hearing, Eddy has worked hard to see that more people, particularly those from underrepresented communities, use the power of their voices to inform local policy decisions and investments.
“As a community organizer, I don’t just talk about inclusive leadership, inclusive decision-making. I live it,” Eddy said. “That’s why I worked hard to engage new voters when I first ran. After I was elected, I trained community members on how to make an impact with city council. Building community power is how we deliver a more equitable future, and it’s also fundamental to government accountability. This approach is long past due in Gresham.”
In endorsing Eddy for mayor, Gresham City Councilor Vince Jones-Dixon said, “We’ve never had a city councilor like Eddy. He invites people in, brings people along, and it’s because of him that we’re now having community-centered dialogue on major issues like housing affordability and community safety.” Jones-Dixon is the former president of Beyond Black CDC, the newest member of the Gresham City Council, and the first Black male to serve on the council.
As a city councilor, Eddy has led discussions on affordable housing, parks and recreation, and community safety. He also has been integral to how Gresham responded to COVID. With his support, the city put in place a moratorium on water utility bills and provided small businesses with financial support. For the next round of funds, Eddy is pushing to have a portion of those dollars focused on childcare for working parents and immediate relief to our residents.
On housing, Eddy successfully created the city’s first agency to protect renters’ rights and ensured that Gresham’s first affordable housing project with on-site services came to life in Rockwood. With a recently passed $26 million bond for more affordable housing, Eddy will urgently work to get more housing built for young professionals, working families, and seniors.
Eddy is leading the discussion on how best to expand parks and recreation opportunities for children and families. Gresham needs more green spaces, and Eddy will make sure new parks are equitably distributed in all neighborhoods. Parks not only are an investment in public health, they also ensure more residents build greater home equity.
Faith Myers Camp, owner of Sweet Betty’s in downtown Gresham, added, “Whether it’s long-term planning related to housing or the immediate needs of small businesses during COVID, Eddy is the smart, compassionate, fearless leader who listens and that Gresham needs now.”
Building on his work to bring more people into local decision-making, Eddy has a series of good governance initiatives, centered on greater transparency, he would lead as mayor:
- Government-wide accountability: This new system would allow any resident to share concerns about any city employee, including police. Complaints would be available to the public and, police complaints, in particular, tracked over time in a database.
- Participatory budgeting: The city process around budget decisions would be redesigned to include more residents before decisions are made.
- Independent audits: Currently, the city chooses any given auditor to evaluate its finances. Gresham needs an independently elected auditor who is accountable to voters to evaluate not only its spending but also programmatic outcomes.
- Diversity, equity and inclusion: The mayor and city council need to be more direct and clear about the city’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and take a hard look at hiring practices and public board appointments.
“I want a Gresham where all people feel heard, see themselves represented in government, and feel safe to live out their daily lives,” Eddy said. “That’s how we build trust. I will not let this moment pass without serious, honest discussions around greater transparency and accountability.”
To learn more about Eddy, his top priorities, and to view a complete list of the individuals that have endorsed Eddy for mayor, visit www.eddymorales.com.
The campaign invites everyone to endorse, donate, and volunteer. Given COVID restrictions, voter outreach has gone digital. With a goal of training 500 volunteers, the campaign will provide tools and resources to engage the participants’ networks and build relationships with voters. To learn more and take action, please fill out this form.
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