ENTREPRENEUR - OREGON VOTER DIGEST HOST &
CANDIDATE for Multnomah County Commissioner District 2
BRUCE AROUND TOWN
Bruce puts his time in all around Portland. He connects with the people via social media and addresses local community issues as the host of Oregon Voter Digest via Open Signal (formerly Portland Community Media).
WHO I AM
Occupation: Business owner
Occupational Background: 10 years in US Marine Corps, Vietnam Veteran and Recruiter; Oregon Army National Guard, Warrant Officer; US Bank, loan officer; IBM Sales; USA Waste Management Systems, Community Relations; Portland Observer, Owner/Publisher; talk show host on KBOO, OPB Golden Hour and Oregon Voter Digest; Norma’s Kitchen.
Educational Background: Texas Southern University; Portland State University; Northrop Aeronautical Technology Institute; Los Angeles City College; US Marine Corp, Electronics School.
Community Service: VFW; Buffalo Soldiers, President; Boys & Girls Clubs; McCoy Academy, Chair; Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Fund; NAACP, VP; Urban League; Kiwanis; Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association; United Way
I’ve owned businesses, worked for major companies, and donated thousands of hours in public service. It gives me a different perspective on spending our tax dollars. It’s OUR money, not THEIR money.
Portlanders need to know who represents them. With over 619,000 people, and growing, represented by a Mayor and 4 Council Members we don’t know who to talk to about our concerns.
My first step as Commissioner in District 2 is to inform the residents that I am their 'Commissioner'. This will be done at scheduled meetings at each Senior Center in the district, (Hollywood, Two Rivers, and Martin Luther King, Jr.) by the end of the second month.
As a former US Marine and Vietnam Veteran, I will work passionately to solve the Homeless Veteran issues of Multnomah County and continue the work I have been doing on an individual basis. We will address Veteran Benefits, housing, mental health care and access to medical care for all Veterans.
As a small business owner I understand the struggles of businesses in Multnomah County. I will address both sides of the issues, for business and employees.
The lack of adequate Representation has caused many of our problems. We will listen to, connect with and inform our Seniors, Youths and Law Enforcement. We will know the concerns, fears, needs and desires of Multnomah County. This is the front door of Oregon.