Karin Power - Milwaukie City CouncilOR-ELECT, Position 4

Thank you!

I’m humbled and thrilled to have resoundingly won your vote for City Council. Throughout this election season, momentum has been building to signal to our suburban neighbors and the Metro region that Milwaukie is ready to reclaim its position as a thriving town along the Willamette River. We are proud to be a small-town, diverse and inclusive community in Clackamas County, and we will rise together to meet the challenges and opportunities ahead of us this year with the Orange Line’s opening.

Our city will thrive if we vote for a revitalized downtown and patronize our neighborhood shops. We can develop a stronger reputation in the region if we work together -- NDAs, committees, busy working parents and new residents, county partners, and city staff -- to tackle essential challenges in a collaborative way.

As you know, the issues we've discussed and the changes we wish to see are not simple and will not happen overnight. Many are structural, like the lack of safe routes to school and aging infrastructure, and our ability to tackle some of these in the near term will be subject to the limitations of our city's budget. But thanks to your hard work and support over the campaign, we've taken an important first step in engaging many of our neighbors and fellow residents in building a stronger Milwaukie. 

Over the coming months as I am brought up to speed, I will continue to look for new ways to make the city's communication with residents more effective. Continue to share your thoughts and ideas with me: you are essential in helping to build the Milwaukie we all want and deserve.  Thank you, and I look forward to working with you and on your behalf in the years to come.

Karin in the news...

Coverage of the City Council Position No. 4 race:

As neighborhood chair, joining with others to donate our time for community fundraisers:

Getting married in Clackamas County!

Speaking about Kellogg Good Neighbor work in Clackamas County's 2014 State of the County video (beginning at 3:45)

Organizing a yard-to-table event series and MC'ing the Milwaukie Film Festival movie night:

Occupational Background

Staff Attorney for The Freshwater Trust
Past work in commercial retail real estate law, Oregon land use law, and fundraising for non-profit museum and foster kids support organizations

Community Experience

Island Station Neighborhood Association: past Chair and Secretary
Kellogg Wastewater Treatment Plant Good Neighbor Committee: past Chair, Vice-Chair

Volunteer Work

Oregon State Bar Executive Committee, Environment and Natural Resources Section


B.A., International Relations, Mount Holyoke College (South Hadley, Mass.)
J.D., Lewis & Clark Law School (Portland, Ore.)