Metro Councilor, 5th District


OCCUPATION: Community Organizer

OCCUPATIONAL BACKGROUND: Educator for 30 years as a math teacher, counselor, vice-principal

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND: Portland State University, B.S. and M.S.

PRIOR GOVERNMENTAL EXPERIENCE: Creation Committee for the Office of Equity and Human Rights for the City of Portland, Oregon Health Policy Board Coordinated Care Organization Criteria Work Group

Community Service:Chinese American Citizens Alliance, local and national board member; Asian American Youth Leadership Conference, chair; We Can Do Better, board member


“Helen is not a career politician, she is a community member who has earned the support of numerous individuals and organizations with her leadership, ideas, intelligence and passion. Helen has the commitment and the skills to lead us to a stronger and better future. Vote for Helen Ying.” - Tom Potter, former Mayor of Portland

Dear Voter,

My parents didn’t speak English when they brought me to the U.S. They worked hard to overcome barriers and saved enough to buy a two room house. They taught me the value of hard work and perseverance.

I have seen the needs of our communities change and often go unanswered. I will help Metro by involving more people from diverse communities. I will balance issues related to growth, environment, and social justice as I engage in continuing the success of Metro's work by focusing on narrowing the gap and increasing the success of all people through collaboration, innovation, and data driven decisions.

I ask for your vote,


“Helen understands that Metro can help our economy and improve livability with smart planning and targeted investments in our communities.” -Jules Bailey, State Representative

“As a community volunteer, Helen has helped bridge the differences in an increasingly diverse regional population. She can reach out to all populations and serve all its people.” -Maria Rojo de Steffey, Former Multnomah County Commissioner

“I like Helen. She's smart and hardworking --a terrific addition to Metro.” -Judy Shiprack, Multnomah County Commissioner

(This information furnished by Helen Ying for Metro)

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