It’s Official: Eddy’s Mayoral Campaign in Gresham Outlook
by Team Eddy, on 8/11/20 11:34 AM
On the afternoon of August 6, news spread through Oregon’s 4th largest city that Eddy Morales was launching his campaign for Mayor. "I want to help people understand their own power," he said.
The headlline hit newsstands and local businesses in the hours before Eddy’s campaign kickoff. His kickoff was part of a program to celebrate the 55th Anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Oregon State Representative Janelle Bynum and Congressman Earl Blumenauer helped launch the campaign, and special guests LaTosha Brown (Black Voters Matter) and Desmond Meade (Florida Rights Restoration Coalition) put the event in a national context.
During his kickoff, Eddy also launched a Gresham voter registration drive. "We have to give people a reason to register and vote," he said.
Here’s an excerpt from the Gresham Outlook about Eddy’s candidacy:
Morales said he became active in the community and started East County Rising because several times when he approached city government with questions about housing and immigration issues, he did not get responses about his concerns.
Plus, the composition of the city council and city government didn’t reflect the diversity of the Gresham community, he said, so East County Rising was designed to get East County’s diverse residents more involved in government.
Morales thinks the way the city is run can be improved.
“As mayor, I can bring forth good governance initiatives,” Morales told The Outlook.
Morales backs term limits for city officials. He wants to change the way city councilors are elected. He’d like to scrap the at-large system and have councilors elected to represent specific neighborhoods and areas of Gresham.
Morales favors having an elected, independent auditor for Gresham, who not only looks over the city’s books but evaluates the effectiveness of programs. He also said, “right now it is not clear how residents can file concerns and complaints about city employees and our police.”
You can read the August 6 Gresham Outlook article online.
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