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Why I’m Running

I am running because I care about our region – its housing, its economy, its transportation, its natural environment, and its quality of life. I have lived in rural Tualatin for over 28 years and am deeply committed to solving our common regional problems fairly and wisely.
My background in environmental and solid waste assessments and land use planning and my experiences working for both a regional government and for municipal and county governments provides me with a broad regional perspective that all Metro councilors need to serve the entire region. I am running because I care deeply about the future of our region.

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Gerritt is endorsed by:

Representative Suzanne Bonamici
Oregon Senator Rob Wagner
Senator Mark Hass 
State Representative Jeff Barker
Representative Rachel Prusak 
Representative Courtney Neron
State Representative Sheri Schouten 
Washington Co Commissioner Dick Schouten
Mayor Ken Gibson – City of King City
Bridget Brooks, Tualatin City Councilor
Wendy Kroger, Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District Director
Oregon League of Conservation Voters
Oregon AFSCME Council 75 
NW Oregon Labor Council, AFL- CIO
IBEW Local 48
Willamette Women Democrats
Washington County Democratic Central Committee
Clackamas County Democratic Party
Pacific Green Party of Oregon

Community Members

Patrick Briggs, Sherwood
Maddie Gavel-Briggs, Sherwood
Dr. Carol Greenough PhD., Tualatin
Ken Hampton, Beaverton 
Jason Hitzert, Beaverton 
LaVerne Landauer, Beaverton 
Jennifer Mohr Colett, Beaverton 
Ronnie Wise, Beaverton
Michele Teper Wise, Beaverton 
Jennifer McDonald, Beaverton 
Nancy Lewis, King City
Shawna Thompson, King City
Kari Downs, Sherwood
Barbara Glazer, Laurel
Wynne Wakkila, Bull Mountain 
Karen Fisher, Tigard 
Merridy McDaniel, Tigard 
Shirley Brown, Tigard 
Jane Storey, Tigard 

“I strongly endorse Gerritt Rosenthal for Metro District 3 councilor.  I have known Gerritt for close to 40 years.  He is an incredible advocate for the environment, having worked on environmental issues at Lane Regional Council of Governments for a number of years..  We need this kind of advocacy now more than ever as we address the issues of climate change and the future of our great northwest.  I have worked with him over the past 10 years on issues relating to development, affordable housing and services for the homeless.  He has educated himself on the complex conditions that force people into homelessness and the array of support that is needed to overcome this.  He will be a strong champion of affordable supportive housing that can address our region’s homelessness crisis.
Margaret Mahoney
Former Director, Portland Bureau of Development Services and former Director of Property Management, REACH Community Development

Metro

Metro has a critical role in listening to all the voices in our regional community – cities, counties, and special districts. Metro can be a nutritive matrix that encourages innovation within a context of a shared culture, economy, and natural environment. Transportation, solid waste, land use, housing opportunities, culture, demographic data, and open space must be managed for the good of all. There is great efficiency in a cooperative regional approach.

Solid Waste Planning

I have extensive professional experience evaluating waste disposal options and impacts. My goal will be to ensure that Metro makes the best use of available new technologies to improve recycling, particularly for plastics. I support public/private partnerships to develop markets for reuse and recycling, including food and fiber waste. I will support more local waste recovery and recycling facilities.

Transportation

Metro is proposing various projects to improve our transportation system (roads, bikes, transit, pedestrian) in terms of social equity, safety, and efficiency. I support these projects and MAX extensions and will push to reduce energy costs and improve accessibility even further. We must reduce our dependence on gas and diesel powered vehicles.  We can have a 21st century system that reduces congestion and ensures workers can afford to get to their jobs. I have professional experience evaluating the environmental impacts of transportation projects.

Land Use Planning

Metro’s primary role in land use is to set regional standards and to mediate expansions of Urban Growth Boundaries, when appropriate, of cities in compliance with statewide goals. My experience in land use planning in the Eugene/ Springfield area makes me sensitive to local, particularly rural residential, concerns, as well as to the need to have a consistent regional basis for decisions on growth. Metro provides critical data on population growth and available land for development. I will be fair and open in evaluating demographic data and listening to views of local residents as well as the development community.

Housing

I support Metro’s efforts to tackle the critical issue of homelessness and housing affordability. The 2018 Bond issue is being used to build affordable homes in many jurisdictions and a new proposal, which I strongly support, will provide housing and wrap around services for homeless and increase voucher assistance for those needing help.

Parks & Open Space

Metro has a good track record developing parks, open space, and recreational opportunities throughout the area. My natural resource evaluation experience will enable me to ensure that our public bond money is spent wisely with the greatest public and habitat benefits.