Introduction to Episode
In episode 7, Michelle and Lacey sit down and discuss her campaign for mayor, how she got here, why it’s so important for women to run in politics and her plans for change in Beaverton. She describes some of her recent projects and her passion for engaged community members.
Podcast Episode Summary
Lacey Beaty shares with Michelle the importance of service, the loneliness in serving in the army. She discusses what it’s like to serve in politics with no young people, and certainly no moms. And, she expresses how she is actively working to change that landscape. Lacey is a mom with an active-duty military partner working to normalizing the process of women and mothers serving in politics. She also discusses systemic issues women face running for politics.
“I knew one day I wouldn’t be a political spectator, I would get into policy.”
“[Working moms] bring a different perspective to policy making.”
“Emerge gave me a network of other women who want to change the world.”
“Every time a woman gets elected, it normalizes the process and makes it easier for another woman to run.”
“I believe that people who work in our community deserve to thrive and live here too.”
Recommended Resources
See Lacey’s platform and support her at
Learn how to run your own campaign at Emerge Oregon (
Learn more about the City of Beaverton (
Check out the family support Family Forward Oregon ( wants to create.
For more information about Michelle, Balance Shared, events, and projects, please visit

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