Before she got involved with starting New Seasons, Brady was vice president of food and farms at the conservation organization EcoTrust. She also served as vice chair for the state’s Health Fund Board. The board recommended legislation on a wide range of issues, much of which passed in the 2009 session. Her campaign has largely focused on her business credentials, garnering her a prominent endorsement from the Portland Business Alliance (PBA).
Brady has also taken some flak for the fact that New Seasons workers are not unionized like other area grocery store employees. There was also an odd incident reported by Willamette Week in which she spoke harshly to a police officer who cited her for riding her bike where she should have walked it through a crowd during the Rose Parade in 2003. According to the police report WW requested, she warned the officer that she has friends at City Hall. Brady denies she said this and claims the police report is inaccurate. Either way, the squabble lead to her exclusion from Waterfront Park for a 30 day period.
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