Campaign Web Sites Up!
In my past two candidacies running for election to the Portland City Council in 2006 and 2008, I was working part-time in inpatient psychiatric nursing at OHSU, and fitting in campaign events between the relatively-flexible responsibilities of parenting teenagers. Now, I have a full-time job which the taxpayers pay me to do -- a job that I've found takes 80 hours a week or more to do well. And summer is Prime Time for the Commissioner in charge of Neighborhood Involvement and of the New Portlander program, with multiple wonderful community events celebrating communities all over Portland. So it's been challenging to find time for tasks such as developing a campaign web site, with the aim of winning re-election in the primary on May 15, 2012.
Happily, I have a wonderful team helping me, including Lynn Siprelle, the Fairy Blogmother who first helped me established this blog nearly six years ago, back before I was a candidate. The Official Re-elect Commissioner Amanda 2012 site built by Lynn is now live.
The aforementioned teenagers are now functional, amazing adults, who helped create the new campaign Facebook page. Together, between their networks and mine, we achieved 25 FaceBook "likes" inside two hours, despite having posted the page after 9 p.m. on a Saturday night.
I hope you will visit the web sites often, and participate in my campaign for re-election. The current content is only the opening of the conversation we'll have over the next eight months. I've found over the past 2.5 years serving on the Portland City Council that I either have time to work on issues and achieve results, or to talk about what I've done -- but not both. I am looking forward to working even later into the night, to tell more Portlanders about the great and small successes we've achieved together, and what I hope to accomplish further if voters choose to give me four more years to serve the citizens of Portland.