Mitchell announces for council seat
Laura Mitchell says the Beaverton City Council is the next logical step after serving as a public member on and leading the city budget committee.
"Now that I have that foundation, I am ready to contribute more," she said in announcing her bid for the Position 2 seat being vacated by Betty Bode after 16 years.
"I want to respect my boundaries. I am not now a council member, so I do my part. But I am so excited about the direction of our city, and all that I have invested over the past eight years, that I want to be able to help in a larger capacity."
She said in an interview that she agreed with priorities set by the current council – among them, action to reduce homelessness, promote lower-cost housing and boost money available for sidewalks and other safety improvements.
"Those are the big-hitting items," she said. "They will be my focus. For the past few years I have been assisting with these issues and trying to provide resolution for them."
On sidewalk improvements, which are part of the city's active transportation plan rolled out last year, Mitchell said, "We want the quality of life in Beaverton be amazing for the able-bodied person and the person in a wheelchair. We want them to have the ability to go outdoors and be on safe sidewalks."
Mitchell, 37, is a commercial property manager with Income Property Management in Portland. She has worked in the field for 12 years.
She earned a bachelor's degree in communication studies in 2005 from Portland State University.
She is married and they have a daughter.
Three years after she moved to Beaverton in 2006, Mitchell was a volunteer for the Beaverton Police Department.
She has been a member and chairwoman of the Social Services Funding Advisory Board, which reviews grant applications for about $200,000 available from the annual city budget for social service agencies.
She also has been on the city budget committee, which under Oregon law consists of the elected council members and an equal number of public members.
She already has won endorsements from Mayor Denny Doyle and four of the five councilors — Cate Arnold, Lacey Beaty, Mark Fagin and Marc San Soucie. She will seek Bode's endorsement.
She also has been endorsed, among others, by the Beaverton Police Association, school board members Becky Tymchuk and Donna Tyner, and Metro Councilor Kathryn Harrington, who is running for Washington County board chairwoman.
"I want to be effective from Day One," Mitchell said. "With my eight years of investment in the city, I am confident I can do that."