Lacey has stepped up and fought for our community when others didn’t. And that’s why she’s running for Mayor.
The current mayor has been in elected office for nearly 30 years – and Beaverton families can’t wait any longer for the status quo to shift into their favor. It’s time to demand it. And given the coronavirus crisis has exposed deep gaps already in our system, Beaverton needs a leader willing to take action to fix them when we emerge.
The time for new leadership is now – and Lacey is the only candidate for Mayor with a record of fighting for us:
- Lacey fought against Mayor Doyle’s opposition to Paid Family Medical Leave. In fact, she was the only local Beaverton elected official to drive to Salem and testify in support of the bill’s passage. If there hadn’t been several years of opposition prior to its passage, this policy would be in place today – during the pandemic when families really need it.
- Lacey fought against discriminatory policies that don’t solve our housing crisis. Criminalizing homeless individuals and families – when there isn’t enough affordable housing – is not a solution. Instead, Lacey focused her time and energy fighting for the regional housing bond, which passed with overwhelming voter support in the Tri-County area.
- Lacey stands up to powerful interests and opposes big developments that are all wrong for Beaverton. Hotels in the wrong places do nothing to increase housing affordability for families. Her priority has been the redevelopment of the downtown area in support of small businesses – and to build more affordable housing units.
And when coronavirus hit our state, Lacey didn’t wait to take action – she called on her colleagues to pass a temporary moratorium on evictions. Her quick actions will prevent more homelessness and keep people healthy. She also was the local leader to coordinate COVID conference calls with elected officials who represent every level of government throughout Washington County. The goal of the calls has been to share information in real time and then with the public. Finally, Lacey supported the release of city grant funds to help small businesses with rent or mortgage payments.
Lacey’s record and reputation as the leader willing to stand alone in a fight for what’s right and fair are why we can trust her as mayor to fight for:
1.) Expanded access to healthcare – Lacey knows how to bridge the gaps in our healthcare system and she’ll lead the way in demanding more support for public health. With Beaverton being one of the most underserved areas for healthcare in Washington County, only Lacey has the experience to work with the state and county to close the healthcare access gaps.
2.) Affordable housing – Lacey will champion policies for people who retire here, raise children here and relocate here. That means more affordable housing units – and supportive housing for those struggling with mental health or addiction. We can trust Lacey on this issue because she has long fought for more affordable housing options, including for our seniors. She also was part of a team of people who established Family Promise of Beaverton, a nonprofit that serves homeless children and their families, and has been a board member of HomePlate Youth Services, another area nonprofit serving homeless youth.
3.) Investments in transportation – Lacey will continue to advocate for local and regional investments that will improve, not worsen, traffic. As a city councilor she fought for and successfully secured the largest investments in sidewalks in 20 years.
4.) Prioritize jobs and job training – Lacey will expand a workforce development program to prepare more young people for local jobs. As a mother to a young child, Lacey knows how important it is for our local economic success for kids to have access to quality education and good job training.
5.) Climate action now – Lacey knows how different our world could be just 10 years from now without drastic changes in our carbon emissions and consumption. Moreover, the effects of climate change are disproportionately affecting lower-income individuals and communities of color. While the city of Beaverton has a climate plan – it lacks accountability. Lacey will change this. She will create a community commission with oversight authority to make sure the city meets its climate goal. And because it’s their future, Lacey will see that half of the membership is under the age of 30.
This is the kind of leadership Beaverton families need. Vote Lacey Beaty for Mayor by 8pm on May 19!
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