For Wood Village City Council
Vote on November 3rd 2020
I am a father, a local recreation manager, a mentor and community leader, and a second-generation immigrant from Mexico. In 1986, when I was just six months old, I immigrated to Hood River with my family. Both my parents held many jobs that included animal and berry farm workers, helping at a childcare center design for farm worker children, at an adult care facility and working at factories. My mother eventually starter her career as a Community Health Worker (CHW) at El Niño Sano, this is where it all started.
When I was 15, we moved to Wood Village. After graduating from Reynold High School, I work at the Troutdale Safeway for nearly 15 years, working my way up from a courtesy clerk to foreman. During this time, I started a family, became a certified community health worker, and began to volunteer with my church.
I currently serve as the recreation manager for PlayEast!, a joint program of Wood Village and Fairview that provides activities from art to soccer to hundreds of locals children ages 3-14. The program is run in partnership with the Reynolds School District, and local nonprofits, churches, and businesses. I live with my wife, and 2 children.
In 2010, after an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid, community members were being detain and deported in Wood Village, the Latinx community began to organize. We began to think about ways we could express ourselves as a community – and begin healing. We helped establish many cultural events in response, including Las Posadas, Dia de los Reyes, and El dia de la Independencia, and created lasting partnerships with local organizations, including the Multnomah County Health Department, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, the City of Wood Village, the City of Fairview, and the Reynolds Education Association.
In 2014, I started to invest more time with my local church, the Wood Village Baptist Church, helping bridge the gap between the church and the community with a focus around youth involvement. Through the community outreach committee, we established many programs, including an afterschool homework assistant program, a summer sports program, a summer nutrition program, and a youth violence youth prevention program in collaboration with Multnomah County Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere (STRYVE)
In 2017, I co-founded Building Toward Success (BTS), a violence prevention program for Latinx youth, with the focus on leadership development and providing opportunities to give back to the community. This program has been instrumental in engaging with youth ages 10-24 who are at risk of dropping out of school, joining gangs, or committing crimes, by creating a space where they feel safe, heard, and validated. This program has been helpful to get youth back on tract to graduate high school, get jobs, and become leaders in their community.
I’m running for a seat on the city council to ensure that Wood Village is a strong community where we all can thrive. We have an incredible opportunity as residents to help guide our city’s growth. As you councilor, I will listen and serve you.
Read on to learn more of the issues we are facing and we can plan to overcome them, together.
East County Rising
Chris Gorsek, House District 49 State Representative and Senate Candidate
Lori Stegmann, Multnomah County Commissioner
Scott Harden, Wood Village Mayor
Eddy Morales, Gresham City Councilor, Gresham Mayoral Candidate
Mario Palmero, Gresham City Councilor
Darren Riordan, Fairview City Councilor
Zach Hudson, Troutdale City Councilor and House Candidate
Ricki Ruiz, Reynolds School Board and House Candidate
Yesenia Delgado, Reynolds School Board
Teresa Campos, Community Health Worker and Mom
Rosa Marines, President of Professional Minority Group Inc.
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For the last 19 years, I have lived in our beautiful city of Wood Village. I graduated from Reynolds High School, started my family here, and have dedicated most of my personal and professional time serving and supporting my community.
I’m running for a seat on the city council to ensure that Wood Village is a strong community where we all can thrive.
We have an incredible opportunity as residents to help guide our city’s growth. As you councilor, I will listen and serve you.
I have great confidence and faith in our city that, in the years to come, we will get stronger by working together and ensuring our city is welcoming to everyone.