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Eric Zimmerman Announces Bid for Multnomah County Commission

Friday, December 11, 2015

 

Eric Zimmerman

Eric Zimmerman, a United States Army Veteran and a gay rights activist, announced his campaign for the District 1 seat of the Multnomah County Commission, left vacated by Jules Bailey’s expected declaration of a campaign for Mayor of Portland.

Zimmerman is currently the chief of staff for County Commissioner Diane McKeel. He also serves as a caption in the Oregon Army National Guard. He holds a BS and MBA from the University of Portland and has been civically active in the community, serving on the Board of Governors for the City Club of Portland.

“The County plays a vital role in addressing the challenges Portland faces – homelessness, affordable housing, and creating economic opportunity,” Zimmerman said. “We are at a critical point in the direction of this community. With my experience, knowledge, and values, I’ll be ready to jump in day one to begin making a difference.”

During his time at Multnomah County, Zimmerman has worked on on economic development, anti-human trafficking, veterans housing, and improving services for those experiencing mental health crisis. 

He played an active role insuring the funding to launch the Unity Center, Multnomah County’s first psychiatric emergency room, and in ensuring that the “A Home for Everyone” homelessness initiative included representation from all parts of the county. 

Before joining the County, Zimmerman Eric served in the United States Army and Oregon Army National Guard. In 2009, he was deployed to Iraq serving as a platoon leader with distinction, earning the Bronze Star Medal and the Combat Action Badge.

Zimmerman has also fought for LBGT rights. As an Army officer he led the effort to make his unit a national leader in preparing for the lifting of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, as well as the restriction on women serving in combat units. 

Zimmerman also announced endorsements from Multnomah County Commissioner Diane McKeel, County Sheriff Dan Staton, and LGBT activists Robin Castro and John Halseth.

“I am honored to be receiving such early support in my campaign,” said Zimmerman. “Through my work at the County and in the community, I’ve shown that I can be a proven partner in getting things done. I appreciate the early vote of confidence.” 

 

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