A NOTE FROM LIZ

There are some people who believe rural America’s best days are behind us. They say it’s only a matter of time before our communities and our small town way of life die out completely.

I think those people need to get out a little bit more.

Here in Gilliam County, I see a new dawn for our communities; one marked by revitalization, growth, ingenuity, and economic prosperity. And it’s because of this belief – the belief that our best days are still to come – that I am running for Gilliam County Judge.

As you may know, I grew up in Condon; the fifth generation of my family to call Gilliam County home. In 2011, after earning a Master’s Degree in Legislative Affairs from The George Washington University and working nearly a decade in public service in Salem and Washington, DC, I returned home to start my own communications strategy and project consulting business. Over the last six years, I have worked on projects to spur economic development, facilitate access to affordable high-speed internet, build a new Child Care and Early Education Center, protect Waste Management’s Metro contract, and promote tourism here in Gilliam County.

Prior to returning home, I spent five years working as a senior staff member and communications advisor in the United States Congress. During my tenure on Capitol Hill, my role was to understand and communicate with the public about complex policies, proposed legislation and, most importantly, their impact on everyday citizens’ lives. I dealt with issues as varied as unemployment rates, renewable energy, military readiness, veterans healthcare, agricultural subsidies, transportation, and the collapse of the financial industry. Often in the same day.

These experiences, coupled with my extensive knowledge of the legislative process and background working with government agencies on the local, state and federal level in Congress, as well as in the Governor’s Office, have prepared me to be an effective advocate and policy-maker for Gilliam County.

I invite you to take a look around and join this critical conversation about the future of Gilliam County and ways we can work together to move our communities forward.

See you on the campaign trail!

ISSUES & IDEAS

Promote Smart, Economic Growth

To reach our full potential, the County Court must be focused on creating an environment that fosters smart economic growth and long-term prosperity. I believe strategic investments in educational and cultural opportunities, housing infrastructure, and fiber to the barnyard initiatives not only improve quality of life for current residents, but also set the stage for enticing new businesses to set up shop, young professionals to telecommute, and alumni and their families to return home.

Modernize County Government

To better meet the challenges and opportunities before us, our county government must be modernized. That’s why I support reforms to remove the judicial responsibilities from the County Judge, improve communication practices to ensure all of the Commissioners are kept informed about and engaged in County initiatives, and appoint a Charter Committee to examine our current structure and present recommendations to the voters for improving it.

Encourage Public Engagement

Public engagement is the cornerstone of a healthy democracy, and I believe the County Court has a responsibility to encourage it in Gilliam County. A few simple, cost-effective steps we can take are: posting meeting packets and draft meeting minutes online as soon as they are prepared, providing public comment opportunities during County Court meetings, and conducting meetings in ways that encourage engagement.

TAKE ACTION

Looking for ways to join the team?

Here are five things you can do to help:

1. Host a house party. Invite a few friends over for a low-key conversation with me about ideas for moving Gilliam County forward.

2. Volunteer. I can always use an extra hand with data entry, canvassing, and outreach to community members.

3. Request a lawn sign. Then display it proudly.

4. Sign-up for campaign updates.

5. Donate to the campaign.

I'd like to: