Former NEHS ASB President for Mayor. #64PolicyGoals
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This site is a work in-progress, but so is our city.
Check back after March 20th for our full policy platform.
Eugeneans deserve a Mayor who communicates their deep commitment, every single day. Before studying and teaching at Ivy League campuses like Columbia and Princeton, I got my start in 13 years of 4J public schools. I've spent 21 of my nearly 27 years here, in what used to be beautiful Oregon's most livable city. At 19 years old, I worked internships with Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon and the Oregon League of Conservation Voters, to defend Eugene values in Salem.
Leading this community would be more than a part-time project, for me. It would be about restoring dignity across the whole political spectrum, and protecting our long-standing home from powerful outside influences (and the well-established politicians who give tax breaks to them).
I am deeply rooted in Eugene, and my record shows it.
I don't say this to be combative, but because we deserve to know when a candidate provably lies in their platform.
This year, the Mayor posted that she "kept her campaign promise to improve communication" with "weekly Mayoral blogs." But in the 92 weeks from mid-May 2018 to mid-Feb 2020, she published only 46 of these "weekly recaps."
I told her directly that if a student of mine were turning in 50% of their work, that performance would earn an F grade.
I agreed with fellow 2020 candidate Andrew Yang when he said "our kids are not alright." His fears are confirmed in Lane County, where suicides increased 88% from 2000 to 2016, and in 4J, where just 30% of our many homeless students graduate within 4 years.
I recognize that while young people are experiencing increasing rates of depression, anxiety, and substance abuse, this is also an incredibly connected and enthusiastic generation of leaders.
I have made education and youth mental health a centerpiece of my campaign, even though the Mayor told me on Sept 6th that these issues are not the city's job to address (she said on this characterization of her statement was "fair enough," on Jan 8th).
I am young, but I have the best resume in the race, and I have policy details to address the crises our youth face.
More details on the campaign slogan coming March 20th :)
I'm Thomas Jeffery Hiura, and I would be honored to earn your vote in May.
I'm a bellhop/valet in downtown Eugene. I've been a classroom teacher of U.S. government and history in NYC, a resident of River Road since 1995, a touring musician, an an advocate for kindness and humanity in Eugene for over eight years.
Education, Mental Health, Business, Housing, Climate, Art, History and Climate Again.
I am proposing 8 solutions for each of these 8 issues, all of which are key to Eugene‘s success. We are slowly rolling out these 64 policy ideas at http://Instagram.com/thomashiura4eugene and the news platform: http://Instagram.com/humanityeugnews .
The goal is to affect change in the untapped ways a committed Mayor can, without wildly increasing YOUR tax burden and mine.
We're not Multnomah County, where our Portland-focused state government tends to pay most attention.
We can do so much more for our businesses, builders, and job creators.
As a recipient of the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce's Future First Citizen Award, I was named a future business leader in 2011.
After years producing music and audio/visual content in the private sector, I've also developed a business plan for a Hip-Hop Ramen Shop!
While I believe deeply in regulations which protect our climate and safety, I am frustrated that Lane County has become so tough for small business owners. It's short-sighted, foolish, and does little to help anyone.
An upcoming essay about the future, and about the legacy of our previous 39 community leaders.
I think it would be a GOOD thing to elect someone who would be different than the typical mold. I carry a lot of identities and experiences that have yet to be represented in the Mayor's office.