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Welcome to Basic Rights Oregon’s Vote Equality Guide to pro-equality candidates. These are our endorsements for the 2014 General Election.

Electing pro-equality candidates to public office across the state is now more important than ever. Following our historic marriage victory, we have the momentum to build political power, defend the progress we have made, and create new policies to ensure the voices of LGBT Oregonians are heard and represented in our state’s critical policy decisions.

Marriage is an important milestone on a much longer journey toward full freedom and equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Oregonians. As important a milestone as it is, wedding bells do not signal that our work is finished. Marriage equality will not keep LGBT young people safe in our schools. It will not ensure transgender people access to accurate identity documents or critical health care services. It will not make our military, our prisons, or our immigration system inclusive and just. It will not ensure that LGBT Oregonians can live their lives free from the sting of discrimination.

Our post-marriage work is about achieving not only legal equality, but lived equality. Lived equality means we elect people to office who support freedom, pass laws promoting freedom, and ensure that those laws are carried out so that LGBT Oregonians experience freedom in our everyday lives.

Governor | House & Senate Leaders

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Governor’s Office

John Kitzhaber

Governor

Governor Kitzhaber graduated from South Eugene High School in 1965 and after earning his Bachelor's degree at Dartmouth College, he returned to Oregon to study medicine at the University of Oregon Medical School (now OHSU). The Governor practiced emergency room medicine in Roseburg, Oregon, from 1974 to 1988. He first won election to the Oregon Legislature in 1978, serving one term in the Oregon House of Representatives. In 1980, he was elected to the Oregon State Senate and served three terms where he had the opportunity to support adding sexual orientation to Oregon’s hate crimes law. He served as Senate President from 1985 to 1993, where he led creation of the Oregon Health Plan. In 1994, and again in 1998, Oregonians elected John Kitzhaber as their Governor, and in 2010 he won election to an unprecedented third term. Governor Kitzhaber has been a longtime ally of Basic Rights Oregon and champion of equality, and he’s been especially helpful in advancing health care policies inclusive of transgender Oregonians.

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John Kitzhaber

John Kitzhaber

Governor

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House & Senate Leaders

Senate President
Peter Courtney

Senate District 11 - Salem & Woodburn

Senate President Peter Courtney has represented District 11 since 1998 and served as the Senate President since 2003. Senate President Courtney has had a long political career focused on the improvement of Oregon's health care and mental health systems, improvement of natural resources and re-investment in K-12 education, and sponsored the tuition equality bill that passed in 2013. A college professor and speech teacher, Sen. Courtney is the longest tenured legislator in Oregon. He voted for adding sexual orientation to Oregon’s hate crimes law at a time when that was a political risk for any elected official and he was a leader on landmark non-discrimination that is now Oregon Law.

Website: http://votepetercourtney.com/ ×
Senate President<br />Peter Courtney

Senate President
Peter Courtney

Senate District 11

Salem & Woodburn

House Majority Leader
Val Hoyle

House District 14 - West Eugene & Junction City

House Majority Leader Val Hoyle has over 30 years of experience as a community leader and small business professional. She joined her local Parent Teacher Organization, and then volunteered with Stand for Children, the education advocacy group. She then worked as a legislative aide for State Senator Floyd Prozanski. And more recently, Rep. Hoyle was director of the 100% Access Initiative for United Way of Lane County. Her 25 years of experience in sales, distribution and retail management have given her the ability to serve on the board of the Federal District Export Council of Oregon. She is also a founding member of Eugene Chamber of Commerce’s International Trade Round Table.

Website: http://www.valhoyle.com/ ×
House Majority Leader<br />Val Hoyle

House Majority Leader
Val Hoyle

House District 14

West Eugene & Junction City

House Speaker
Tina Kotek

House District 44 - Kenton, St. Johns, North & Northeast Portland

House Speaker Tina Kotek has represented District 44 since 2007 and is seeking reelection as a State Representative. In her first session in the Oregon House, Speaker Kotek oversaw the passage of historic LGBT equality legislation, making Oregon an early adopter of equality legislation. Speaker Kotek is currently the only out lesbian to hold a House speaker position in the country.

Website: http://www.votetina.com/ ×
House Speaker<br />Tina Kotek

House Speaker
Tina Kotek

House District 44

Kenton, St. Johns, North & Northeast Portland

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Oregon State Senate

Alan Bates

Senate District 3 - Medford & Ashland

Before entering politics, Senator Alan Bates was Chief of Medicine at both Rogue Valley Medical Center and Providence Medical Center, and a founding board member of a primary care physicians' care group. He served three terms on the Eagle Point School Board and an appointed term on the Governor's task force on Quality in Education. In 1989, he was appointed to the Health Services Commission, which was instrumental in designing and implementing the Oregon Health Plan, where he chaired the Commission for three years. Dr. Bates was first elected to the Oregon House of Representatives in 2000. In 2004, he was elected to the Oregon State Senate. Sen. Bates strongly supported landmark non-discrimination and anti-bullying legislation that is now Oregon Law.

Website: http://www.alanbates.net/ ×
Alan Bates

Alan Bates

Senate District 3

Medford & Ashland

Floyd Prozanski

Senate District 4 - South Lane & North Douglas Counties

Senator Floyd Prozanski was first elected to the Oregon Legislature in 1994. He served in the House of Representatives between 1995 and 2003, and he moved to the State Senate in 2004. Senator Prozanski earned a law degree from the South Texas College of Law. When the legislature is not in session, Sen. Prozanski works as a municipal prosecutor and serves on various boards and commissions. He strongly supported landmark non-discrimination and anti-bullying legislation that is now Oregon Law.

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Floyd Prozanski

Floyd Prozanski

Senate District 4

South Lane & North Douglas Counties

Lee Beyer

Senate District 6 - Springfield

After military service, Senator Lee Beyer attended Lane Community College and the University of Oregon where he graduated with a degree in management. In the mid-1970's, he accepted a position as a management analyst with the Oregon Executive Department, and in 2001, Governor Kitzhaber asked Senator Beyer to join the Oregon Public Utility Commission. During his almost nine years on the Commission, Lee developed a reputation as a tough but fair regulator. He served in the House in the 1990s and was elected to the Senate in 2010.

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Lee Beyer

Lee Beyer

Senate District 6

Springfield

Chris Edwards

Senate District 7 - North Eugene, West Eugene, Santa Clara & Junction City

Senator Chris Edwards earned his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and served as the fees chair for the Oregon State University Student Government. In 2006, he was elected to serve in the Oregon House of Representatives where he served for three years before being unanimously appointed by the Lane County Commission to serve in the Oregon Senate. Sen. Edwards strongly supported landmark non-discrimination and anti-bullying legislation that is now Oregon Law.

Website: http://www.chrisedwardsfororegon.com/ ×
Chris Edwards

Chris Edwards

Senate District 7

North Eugene, West Eugene, Santa Clara & Junction City

Sara Gelser

Senate District 8 - Albany & Corvallis

As a parent, educator, minister and community organizer, Representative Sara Gelser is very much aware of the challenges gay and transgender Oregonians face. Rep. Gelser has served House District 16 since 2005 and was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve on the National Council on Disability in 2010. Fighting for individuals with disabilities is one of her top priorities. A long-time ally of Basic Rights Oregon and advocate for women, Rep. Gelser has proven her support of LGBT Oregonians and will put that experience to work in the State Senate. She strongly supported landmark non-discrimination legislation and was a champion on anti-bullying legislation, both of which are now Oregon Law.

Website: http://www.saragelser.com/ ×
Sara Gelser

Sara Gelser

Senate District 8

Albany & Corvallis

Chuck Riley

Senate District 15 - Hillsboro & Forest Grove

Seeking election to the Senate and formerly representing House District 29 until 2011, Chuck Riley is running for State Senate. During his three terms as a State Representative, Riley fought for protections for the environment and supported Oregon’s non-discrimination and domestic partnership laws. A former code breaker for the US Air Force, Riley will bring a long career of problem solving to Salem as State Senator. He strongly supported landmark non-discrimination and anti-bullying legislation that is now Oregon Law.

Website: http://chuckriley.org/ ×
Chuck Riley

Chuck Riley

Senate District 15

Hillsboro & Forest Grove

Elizabeth Steiner-Hayward

Senate District 17 - Northwest Portland & Beaverton

Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward has served Senate District 17 since being appointed to the position in 2011, and then won the election in 2012. As a family physician at OHSU, improving Oregon’s health care system has been a major goal of the Senator’s time in Legislature. Prior to her service as a State Senator, she worked as an advocate for women’s health through the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians. Sen. Steiner Hayward has been a proponent of driver card legislation as well during her terms in legislature.

Website: http://www.elizabethfororegon.com/ ×
Elizabeth Steiner-Hayward

Elizabeth Steiner-Hayward

Senate District 17

Northwest Portland & Beaverton

Richard Devlin

Senate District 19 - Lake Oswego, Tualatin, West Linn & Southwest Portland

Senator Richard Devlin is running for reelection to represent Oregon's 19th District, a position he has filled since 2003. Prior to his election to the senate post, Devlin served in the Oregon State House of Representatives for the 24th District for six years. Sen. Devlin has served as the Majority Leader and has chaired the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Education and the Subcommittee on Natural Resources. The Senator has been an advocate on child safety issues and green space conservation. He strongly supported landmark non-discrimination and anti-bullying legislation that is now Oregon Law.

Website: http://devlinfororegon.com/ ×
Richard Devlin

Richard Devlin

Senate District 19

Lake Oswego, Tualatin, West Linn & Southwest Portland

Jamie Damon

Senate District 20 - Canby, Oregon City & Gladstone

Seeking election to the Senate, Jamie Damon has lived in Oregon over 30 years and in Eagle Creek, located in rural Clackamas County, for nearly 20 years. A mother of two school age daughters, she was unanimously appointed to the Clackamas County Commission in 2011 because she brought a rural voice with an emphasis on consensus building. Damon works as a mediator and facilitator with individuals, citizen groups and all levels of government to guide individuals and groups through controversial and highly contentious situations—she would be a real asset to the legislature, if elected.

Website: http://votejamiedamon.com/ ×
Jamie Damon

Jamie Damon

Senate District 20

Canby, Oregon City & Gladstone

Michael Dembrow

Senate District 23 - Mt. Tabor, Maywood Park, Parkrose, Southeast & Northeast Portland

Appointed to represent Northeast Portland's Senate District 23, Senator Michael Dembrow is running for his first full term as a State Senator. Previous to his appointment, the Senator served as Representative to the 45th District of the State House. A former English instructor for Portland Community College, Sen. Dembrow served as president of the faculty union and was appointed to the State Board of Education in 2007. During his term as a State Representative, Dembrow co-sponsored an early version of the tuition equality bill and has been a supporter of the Safe Roads Act. He strongly supported landmark non-discrimination and anti-bullying legislation that is now Oregon Law.

Website: http://www.michaeldembrow.com/ ×
Michael Dembrow

Michael Dembrow

Senate District 23

Mt. Tabor, Maywood Park, Parkrose, Southeast & Northeast Portland

Rod Monroe

Senate District 24 - Hazelwood, Harmony, East Portland & North Clakamas County

Senator Rod Monroe first served in the Oregon Legislature as the Representative of the 12th District in the State House in 1977. Previously the Senator for the 7th District in 1981-89, Sen. Monroe is seeking reelection as the Senator representing the 24th District. Monroe has been known throughout his career as someone focused on public safety, working towards mandatory seat belt laws and public building smoking bans. The Senator’s long experience in Salem has made him a key ally for LGBT issues. He strongly supported landmark non-discrimination and anti-bullying legislation that is now Oregon Law.

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Rod Monroe

Rod Monroe

Senate District 24

Hazelwood, Harmony, East Portland & North Clakamas County

Robert Bruce

Senate District 26 - Hood River & East Multnomah and Clackamas Counties

Seeking election to the Senate, Robert Bruce is running for District 26. A small business owner and project manager, Bruce has served as a community advocate and a member of the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs. His focus as an advocate has been to help small businesses provide health care coverage to their employees and to eliminate exceptions in anti-fraud rules for insurance companies.

Website: http://brucefororegon.com/ ×
Robert Bruce

Robert Bruce

Senate District 26

Hood River & East Multnomah and Clackamas Counties

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Oregon State House

Peter Buckley

House District 5 - Ashland

As a committed advocate for children and the community, Representative Peter Buckley has spent more than 20 years managing and fundraising for non-profit organizations such as Head Start, Boys and Girls Club and Pacific Art Center. Passionate about education, Buckley has made improving Oregon schools a priority of his time in the House. A long-time ally of LGBT Oregonians, Rep. Buckley was elected to the Oregon House in 2005 and pledges to continue standing up for fairness and equality. He strongly supported landmark non-discrimination and anti-bullying legislation that is now Oregon Law.

Website: https://peterbuckley.org/ ×
Peter Buckley

Peter Buckley

House District 5

Ashland

Paul Holvey

House District 8 - South Eugene, Veneta & Loraine

A Eugene native, Representative Paul Holvey has long been an advocate for progressive causes. He is actively pro-labor as a representative for Pacific Northwest Carpenters and has worked with many organizations advocating for workers’ rights. Holvey has sponsored legislation to improve air quality, and food safety as well. Elected to the Oregon House in 2005, Rep. Holvey has also been recognized for his advocacy by the Eugene Human Rights Commission. He strongly supported landmark non-discrimination and anti-bullying legislation that is now Oregon Law.

Website: http://paulholvey.com/ ×
Paul Holvey

Paul Holvey

House District 8

South Eugene, Veneta & Loraine

Caddy McKeown

House District 9 - Coos Bay

Born and raised in Coos Bay, Representative McKeown served on the Coos Bay School Board for eleven years after being a longtime volunteer parent in the school district. She also worked for the Oregon Student Assistance Commission for eight years and served for nine years on Board of Commissioners of the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay. Rep. McKeown was elected to represent District 9 in 2012.

Website: http://caddymckeown.com/ ×
Caddy McKeown

Caddy McKeown

House District 9

Coos Bay

David Gomberg

House District 10 - Central Coast

Representative Gomberg received his education in Oregon, holding both Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Political Science from Oregon State University and a MBA from Willamette University. He is a small business owner, with three stores on the Oregon Coast, as well as being the owner of the biggest kite in the world (10,400 sq. ft.). He was elected to serve District 10 in 2012, and has seats on both the Governor’s Commission on Senior Services and the Small Business Task Force. Creating jobs, supporting community colleges and small business development, and providing help for working families remains Rep. Gomberg’s top priorities.

Website: http://www.electgomberg.com/ ×
David Gomberg

David Gomberg

House District 10

Central Coast

Phil Barnhart

House District 11 - Central Lane & Linn Counties

Representative Phil Barnhart was elected to the Oregon House in 2001. A lawyer and psychologist, Barnhart entered politics out of concern for the education system, health care and the environment in the state he was raised in. As a representative of central Lane and Linn counties, Rep. Barnhart has worked to protect his constituents against discrimination and he will continue to do so if re-elected. He strongly supported landmark non-discrimination and anti-bullying legislation that is now Oregon Law.

Website: http://philbarnhart.com/ ×
Phil Barnhart

Phil Barnhart

House District 11

Central Lane & Linn Counties

John Lively

House District 12 - Springfield

Although 2013 was his freshman year in the Oregon House, Oregon native, Oregon educated, veteran of the Vietnam War, husband, father and grandpa, Representative John Lively has given most of his adult life to service. As Springfield City Councilor and later Mayor, Rep. Lively served on many non-profit boards, including Springfield Renaissance Development Corporation, McKenzie Willamette Hospital, and Friends of Lane Community College. Working in the private sector gave Lively first- hand knowledge of the challenges of maintaining good wages and benefits for employees, and uses that knowledge to effect change in Salem.

Website: http://electjohnlively.com/ ×
John Lively

John Lively

House District 12

Springfield

Nancy Nathanson

House District 13 - Eugene

First elected to the Oregon House in 2007, Representative Nancy Nathanson is seeking reelection in House District 13. A lifetime of public service, Rep. Nathanson has also served 12 years on the Eugene City Council, and multiple civic boards, commissions and committees. She has received several civic awards and honors, demonstrating her commitment to public service. An advocate for marginalized communities, small business and the environment, Rep. Nathanson is committed to voicing the concerns of the LGBT Oregonians in the House. She strongly supported landmark non-discrimination and anti-bullying legislation that is now Oregon Law.

Website: http://www.nancynathanson.org/ ×
Nancy Nathanson

Nancy Nathanson

House District 13

Eugene

Dan Rayfield

House District 16 - Corvallis

Seeking election to the House, Dan graduated from Western Oregon University in 2003 and received his law degree from Willamette University in 2006. He clerked for Benton County District Attorney, and then went into private practice. He has seen both sides of legal practice, and wants to use that experience to serve Oregon. A top priority for Dan will be holding insurance companies accountable for their actions. He also wants to give a firmer footing to K-12 and higher education funding to build a skilled workforce and create jobs, particularly in innovative methods of energy production.

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Dan Rayfield

Dan Rayfield

House District 16

Corvallis

Bill Dalton

House District 19 - Salem

Seeking election to the House, Bill Dalton was born and raised in New York and pursued public service in the areas of mental health and public health in both Washington State and Oregon, finally settling in Salem. Since then he has worked, professionally and as a volunteer, to improve the physical and mental well-being of all members of his community, and will continue to do so in the wider arena of the House, if elected.

Website: http://www.billdaltonfororegon.com/ ×
Bill Dalton

Bill Dalton

House District 19

Salem

Paul Evans

House District 20 - West Salem

Seeking election to the House, Paul Evans was first elected to public office as a city councilor at age 18 and has continued to serve his community and his country ever since. From volunteer firefighter in Polk County to a Major in the US Air Force, later the Air National Guard, including tours in both Afghanistan and Iraq, Paul continues to bring his expertise bear; he was Governor Kulongoski’s chief advisor on veterans’ affairs and emergency preparedness. He believes in protecting the most vulnerable in society while at the same time making Oregon a better place to work and live.

Website: http://www.paulevans.org/ ×
Paul Evans

Paul Evans

House District 20

West Salem

Ken Moore

House District 24 - McMinnville, Dundee & Yamhill County

Seeking election to the House, Ken Moore’s platform is simple: schools and jobs. He wants to empower students and families to obtain high quality and affordable education at all levels, and support adults returning to school to learn new work skills. He wants to strengthen workforce retention and development programs and to streamline rules and regulations to help Oregon businesses get access to the resources they need to expand and create jobs. He wants to rebuild aging infrastructure, thus creating well paid jobs and strengthening local economies.

Website: http://moorefororegon.com/ ×
Ken Moore

Ken Moore

House District 24

McMinnville, Dundee & Yamhill County

Tobias Read

House District 27 - Beaverton, Raleigh Hills & Progress

In his first term in the Oregon House in 2007, Representative Read fought to bring a long term focus to Oregon’s government by creating a state savings account, advancing a comprehensive environmental agenda and updating the Bottle Bill. Rep. Read has consistently focused on improving Oregon’s education system and currently serves as the Majority Whip. He is running for re-election and has the wholehearted support of Basic Rights Oregon. He strongly supported landmark non-discrimination and anti-bullying legislation that is now Oregon Law.

Website: http://www.tobiasread.com/ ×
Tobias Read

Tobias Read

House District 27

Beaverton, Raleigh Hills & Progress

Jeff Barker

House District 28 - Aloha

Representative Barker is a former Lieutenant Detective for the Portland Police, which has afforded him a valuable understanding of how the justice system works. First elected to the Oregon House in 2003, Rep. Barker is seeking reelection representing District 28 and has shown a strong commitment to and leadership on women’s issues and equality. He strongly supported landmark non-discrimination and anti-bullying legislation that is now Oregon Law.

Website: http://jeffbarker.org/ ×
Jeff Barker

Jeff Barker

House District 28

Aloha

Susan McLain

House District 29 - Hillsboro & Forest Grove

Seeking election to the House, from a 4th generation Oregon farming family, Susan was brought up to value hard work and responsible spending. In her teens she developed her communication skills through speech and debate, and brought that strength to her classroom after her graduation from Western Oregon University. Susan’s late husband owned a machine shop in Cornelius so she saw first-hand the difficulties associated with being a small business owner. Susan served four terms as a Metro Councilor, and has significant experience in balancing the needs of families and the economy with protecting Oregon’s natural resources and beauty.

Website: http://www.susanmclain.org/ ×
Susan McLain

Susan McLain

House District 29

Hillsboro & Forest Grove

Joe Gallegos

House District 30 - Hillsboro, Glencoe & Orenco

Growing up in a farm worker’s family and receiving his early education part time gave Representative Joe Gallegos a deep understanding of the value of education, and of the need for a decent wage for working families. He also learned the value of public service while serving in the US Air Force during the Vietnam era. He puts this experience to good use on the Human Services and Housing Committee and as Vice-Chair of the Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee. Rep. Gallegos was supportive of 2013 legislation to add sexual orientation and gender identity to data collection practices at Oregon’s public colleges and universities.

Website: http://electjoegallegos.com/ ×
Joe Gallegos

Joe Gallegos

House District 30

Hillsboro, Glencoe & Orenco

Brad Witt

House District 31 - Clatskanie & St. Helens

Representative Brad Witt is seeking his fifth full term in the Oregon House and has been a long-time supporter of LGBT issues and other progressive causes. As former Secretary-Treasurer of the Oregon AFL-CIO with more than two decades of experience lobbying for economic and workforce development, natural resources, and workers’ compensation, Rep.Witt has been a strong progressive voice in Salem. He strongly supported landmark non-discrimination and anti-bullying legislation that is now Oregon Law.

Website: http://www.votebradwitt.com/ ×
Brad Witt

Brad Witt

House District 31

Clatskanie & St. Helens

Mitch Greenlick

House District 33 - Northwest Portland

Representative Mitch Greenlick has spent his working life in public health, with a BS and ME from Wayne State University (Detroit, MI) and a Ph.D. in medical care organization of University of Michigan; he was elected to the National Academies of Science Institute of Medicine in 1971. Health and safety could be said to be his primary concerns, with sponsorship of bills to permit bulk prescription purchasing, assure patient safety, amendments to HIV testing procedures. He cares deeply about the welfare of families and uses all his expertise to develop a healthy Oregon. Rep. Greenlick strongly supported landmark non-discrimination and anti-bullying legislation that is now Oregon Law.

Website: http://greenlick.com/ ×
Mitch Greenlick

Mitch Greenlick

House District 33

Northwest Portland

Ken Helm

House District 34 - Beaverton & Washington County

Seeking election to the House, Ken Helm grew up in Bend, OR and graduated from Willamette University with a BA in history and political science, and later obtained his law degree. Later he was a land use staffer for Portland Metro, finally leaving about 8 years ago to start his own practice of law, even playing David to Walmart’s Goliath and winning. Ken knows the value of a sound education and the difficulties associated with running a small business. He will make his priorities the development of a strong economy, good schools and improved healthcare for Oregon, while at the same time protecting its natural resources.

Website: http://www.kenhelm.com/ ×
Ken Helm

Ken Helm

House District 34

Beaverton & Washington County

Margaret Doherty

House District 35 - Tigard & Southwest Portland

Representative Margaret Doherty followed her Coastguard father around much of coastal USA before they settled in Southwest Portland, where she graduated from Wilson High School. A degree in Speech Communications and Theatre from PSU followed and she taught at Milwaukie High School for ten years while also obtaining a Master’s Degree at Lewis and Clark College. As a teacher, education workers’ representative via the Oregon Education Association and as a small business owner, Rep. Doherty knows all about the challenges to be faced in education and employment.

Website: http://margaretdoherty.com/ ×
Margaret Doherty

Margaret Doherty

House District 35

Tigard & Southwest Portland

Jennifer Williamson

House District 36 - West Portland

The threat of losing her place at University of Oregon because of a proposed cut in financial aid was the impetus needed to send Representative Jennifer Williamson down the path of activism and public service that she has followed ever since. She is a practicing attorney as well as serving on the Boards of Planned Parenthood (chair) and the Susan G Komen Foundation, under which banner she helped to pass the Oregon Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Act, thus ensuring that all eligible women in Oregon have access to life-saving treatment. She volunteers as a Big Sister, and with Mercy Corps Northwest’s L.I.F.E. program at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility. Rep. Williamson is also a big booster to Basic Rights Oregon and outspoken supporter of Marriage Equality.

Website: http://jenniferfororegon.com/ ×
Jennifer Williamson

Jennifer Williamson

House District 36

West Portland

Ann Lininger

House District 38 - Lake Oswego

Representative Ann Lininger grew up in Southern Oregon where her mother taught junior high and her dad worked a family-run manufacturing and construction business. After attending college and law school in the Northeast, she and her husband and I moved to Lake Oswego to raise their two kids who attend public schools. Lininger serves as general counsel and a vice president at Oregon Iron Works, a manufacturing company that provides good, middle class jobs for around 450 workers. She has also served as a Clackamas County Commissioner, an executive at the Meyer Memorial Trust, and as an attorney for Legal Aid Services of Oregon and in private practice. Appointed to fill out-going Rep. Garrett’s seat, she is seeking election to office for the first time.

Website: http://annlininger.org/ ×
Ann Lininger

Ann Lininger

House District 38

Lake Oswego

Brent Barton

House District 40 - Clackamas, Gladstone & Oregon City

A lawyer and community activist, Representative Brent Barton is a third-generation Oregonian. He attended Oregon public schools and went on to earn degrees from Stanford, Cambridge, and Harvard Law School. As an attorney, Rep. Barton helps injured people receive compensation from insurance companies. He was first elected to the House in 2008 and has championed protections for children, seniors, and veterans, including legislation allowing consumers to hold banks accountable for unfair practices.

Website: http://www.votebrentbarton.com/ ×
Brent Barton

Brent Barton

House District 40

Clackamas, Gladstone & Oregon City

Kathleen Taylor

House District 41 - Milwaukie & Sellwood

Seeking election to the House, Kathleen Taylor’s professional experience as an auditor spans the State of Oregon, Multnomah County and the City of Portland. She has a Masters of Public Policy from Rutgers University. Taylor is a past PTA president and graduate of Emerge Oregon. She is running for State Representative in Oregon's House District 41 because she believes the Oregon Legislature needs to focus on strengthening public schools, building a stronger economy, accountability in government, a healthy environment and fairness for all Oregonians.

Website: http://www.kathleentaylorfororegon.com/ ×
Kathleen Taylor

Kathleen Taylor

House District 41

Milwaukie & Sellwood

Rob Nosse

House District 42 - Inner Southeast Portland

Representative Rob Nosse is a lifetime advocate for LGBT rights as an activist and organizer in Oregon for over 20 years. Nosse has served as a board member of Basic Rights Oregon and is deeply committed to equality. He previously served as the labor representative for the Oregon Nurses Association and has been a longtime supporter of affordable college, universal health care and workers’ rights. Rep. Nosse has been appointed to fill the vacancy for House District 42 until the election results this November. He and husband Jim live with their two children in Southeast Portland.

Website: http://robnosse.com/ ×
Rob Nosse

Rob Nosse

House District 42

Inner Southeast Portland

Lew Frederick

House District 43 - Albina, Piedmont, Alameda, North & Northeast Portland

Representative Lew Frederick learned the importance of public service as a young man in Atlanta during the height of the civil rights movement, where he was mentored by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A resident and deeply involved community member of Northeast Portland since 1974, Frederick spent his career in public service, with two years teaching classes at the Metropolitan Learning Center, 17 years as a radio and television reporter, 13 years as Director of Public Information at Portland Public Schools, and Assistant to the President at Portland Community College. Most recently, Rep. Frederick has served on the State Board of Education and works as a strategic communications consultant. He strongly supported anti-bullying legislation that is now Oregon Law.

Website: http://lewfrederick.org/ ×
Lew Frederick

Lew Frederick

House District 43

Albina, Piedmont, Alameda, North & Northeast Portland

Barbara Smith Warner

House District 45 - Hollywood, Parkrose & North East Portland

Representative Barbara Smith Warner’s extensive volunteer work in her two children’s local public schools is what inspired her to seek office. She is passionate about access to quality education, healthcare for all, good living-wage jobs, a diverse and efficient transportation system, and safe communities. Smith Warner graduated from Gannon University. In addition to volunteering at Beverly Cleary School, she also volunteers with her neighborhood association, St. Andrew's Food Pantry, and the Children's Book Bank. Rep. Smith Warner is seeking election to office for the first time after having been appointed to fill a vacant seat.

Website: http://barbarasmithwarner.com/ ×
Barbara Smith Warner

Barbara Smith Warner

House District 45

Hollywood, Parkrose & North East Portland

Alissa Keny-Guyer

House District 46 - Laurelhurst, Mt. Tabor & Southeast Portland

Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer has spent over 30 years working to eliminate poverty, promote cross-cultural understanding, invest in youth, protect the environment, and advocate for civil rights. After graduating from Stanford, she spent several years doing community development in Indonesian villages. She then earned a Master’s in Public Health in Hawaii, worked in Hawaiian nonprofits and the Hawaii legislature, and ran an international exchange organization in California. Rep. Keny-Guyer was a key leader on Oregon’s Cultural Competency for Health Care Providers bill in 2013—a legislative priority for Basic Rights Oregon.

Website: http://www.alissakenyguyer.com/ ×
Alissa Keny-Guyer

Alissa Keny-Guyer

House District 46

Laurelhurst, Mt. Tabor & Southeast Portland

Jessica Vega-Pederson

House District 47 - Powellhurst, Hazelwood & East Portland

Representative Jessica Vega Pederson's upbringing taught her to stand up for middle class families. She was born in a small town in Indiana, the oldest of three girls and grew up as part of a large, extended Mexican-American family. She is a third-generation Latina whose grandparents came to this country with hopes for a better life. From her family, Rep. Vega Pederson learned the value of hard work and to never be afraid to speak up for what's right. She is a board member of the Hazelwood Neighborhood Association, a member of the Eastside Egg Co-op at Zenger Farms and a member of the East Portland Action Plan. When she was elected in 2012, Jessica became the first Latina to serve in the Oregon House.

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Jessica Vega-Pederson

Jessica Vega-Pederson

House District 47

Powellhurst, Hazelwood & East Portland

Jeff Reardon

House District 48 - Happy Valley, Harmony, Lents & East Portland

Born and raised in the blue-collar town of Kelso, Washington, Representative Jeff Reardon learned the values of thrift and work from an early age. Jeff is a Vietnam Era Veteran who earned the highest rating possible during his term, E5, while serving on a nuclear submarine in the Western Pacific. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Western Washington University. Rep. Reardon began his career as a teacher before taking a job at Tektronix and served on the Davis Douglas School Board for a decade. As a lifelong educator, he knows our schools are critical to the success of our state.

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Jeff Reardon

Jeff Reardon

House District 48

Happy Valley, Harmony, Lents & East Portland

Chris Gorsek

House District 49 - Troutdale

Representative Chris Gorsek’s accomplishments include being a teacher, a dad and a former police officer. He has taught geography and criminal justice at Mount Hood Community College since 1996. Now as a legislator, Rep. Gorsek is committed to using his life experience to improve and strengthen Oregon communities.

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Chris Gorsek

Chris Gorsek

House District 49

Troutdale

Carla Piluso

House District 50 - Gresham

Seeking election to the House, former Gresham Police Chief, Carla Piluso helped fund school safety officers and also secured $1.5 million to fund the East Metro Gang Enforcement Team. For the past 30 years, Piluso has advocated for after school programs and her support for Head Start has helped Gresham’s children enter school ready to learn. Carla will continue to fight for a first class education for all students by advocating for a well-funded and safe school environment.

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Carla Piluso

Carla Piluso

House District 50

Gresham

Shemia Fagan

House District 51 - Clackamas, Sunnyside, Gresham & East Portland

Representative Shemia Fagan grew up in small, rural towns such as Dufur and The Dalles, and was raised by her father and two older brothers. Her dad taught her that hard work and a good education could pave the road out of poverty. Fagan worked hard in school, put herself through college and law school, and built a career as a business attorney. Rep. Fagan is drawn to public service to ensure the same opportunities that existed for her, will be there for the next generation of Oregonians.

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Shemia Fagan

Shemia Fagan

House District 51

Clackamas, Sunnyside, Gresham & East Portland

Stephanie Nystrom

House District 52 - Hood River, Cascade Locks & East Multnomah County

Seeking election to the House, Stephanie Nystrom has been a dedicated community activist for 22 years, working to improve education, family services, literacy programs, land use and environmental protection. Nystrom raised her children in the tradition of community service—volunteering in classrooms and libraries, restoring public lands, collecting and sorting food for food banks. She is running to make a difference for crowded classrooms, shrinking school years, struggling small businesses and low income families.

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Stephanie Nystrom

Stephanie Nystrom

House District 52

Hood River, Cascade Locks & East Multnomah County

Craig Wilhelm

House District 54 - Bend

Seeking election to the House, Craig Wilhelm graduated from West Point in 1993, and for the next 13 years flew helicopters for the US Army, serving with distinction. After completing an MBA and earning multiple Army accolades including two Bronze Stars, Wilhelm settled in Bend to be close to family and begin his career as Vice President of Business Development for a metals recycling and trading company. An active community volunteer, Wilhelm has also facilitated strategic planning sessions for the Central Oregon Food Policy Council and Crook County Foundation.

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Craig Wilhelm

Craig Wilhelm

House District 54

Bend

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Local Races

Karin Power

Milwaukie City Council, position 4 - City of Milwaukie

A graduate of Lewis and Clark Law School and attorney with the Freshwater Trust, Karin is running to strengthen Milwaukie’s future by building positive coalitions and stronger civic engagement across socioeconomic, age, and ethnicity lines, especially with new residents arriving ahead of light rail. Karin and her wife Megan were among the first couples to receive a same-sex marriage license in Clackamas County when it became legal in Oregon in May.

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Karin Power

Karin Power

Milwaukie City Council, position 4

City of Milwaukie

Anne Schuster

Benton County Commission, position 1 - Benton County (Corvallis & Philomath)

Anne Schuster has lived in Oregon for 25 years and runs a small farm in rural Benton County. After receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska, Schuster has done plant research at three different land grant universities. Passionate about sustainability and public education, she has been an active community volunteer for twenty years, serving on local school boards, with the Linn Benton Lincoln Educational Services District budget committee and the Oregon State Board Association.

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Anne Schuster

Anne Schuster

Benton County Commission, position 1

Benton County (Corvallis & Philomath)

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Ballot Measures

Oregon Opportunity Initiative

Yes on Measure 86

The Oregon Opportunity initiative, Measure 86, provides opportunities to the students with the greatest need to make college more affordable. We know that LGBT youth face significant and disproportionate barriers to accessing higher education and M86 will help!

Oregon’s economic success hinges on our ability to educate and develop a workforce for the future. Yet with a higher education system that is high cost and low student aid, Oregon must do more to support advanced training and education. Because of skyrocketing student debt, high costs for those who cannot secure aid, and a lack of job training programs, too many low-income and middle-class Oregonians are being left behind. The Oregon Opportunity Initiative is a long term plan to reverse these problems.

Measure 86 creates the Student Opportunity Fund within the constitution and authorizes the state to issue bonds for the fund.

LGBT youth face disproportionate barriers to academic success. Bullying, family rejection, and homelessness are real threats to the health and well-being of LGBT youth. Every day, thousands of LGBT youth in the United States face injustice in schools, danger in their homes, or uncertainty on the streets. Basic Rights Oregon is committed to increasing the safety and wellbeing of LGBT youth through our work on safe schools legislation, leadership development programs, and support for tuition equity.

Measure 86 has three goals: make higher education and job training more affordable and accessible, reduce student debt, and encourage the expansion of vocational and technical job training opportunities. Over time, Measure 86 would create a strong competitive advantage for Oregon’s economy – a permanent, growing endowment to develop and maintain a world-class workforce.

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Oregon Opportunity Initiative

Oregon Opportunity Initiative

Yes on Measure 86

Safe Roads Campaign

Yes on Measure 88

Basic Rights Oregon is committed to ensuring everyone in our community has access to basic needs. Everyone needs a safe way to get to school, work and church, which is why we strongly support the Oregon Safe Roads Act on the November ballot. After working as a part of broad coalition on this in the 2013 legislative session, we are engaged in a major grassroots effort to talk to LGBT families about the importance of voting YES on Safe Roads to maintain this incredible victory.

Basic Rights Oregon is urging a YES vote on the Safe Roads measure. The measure will create a limited-purpose and limited-duration driver's card for qualified applicants who live and work in Oregon and meet strict requirements.

This measure fixes an important problem: Right now, too many Oregonians are unable to safely and legally drive to work, church and school because they can’t produce the documents they need to get a driver’s license. Seniors, veterans, and immigrant families and workers are among the thousands of Oregonians who need this option—and LGBT Oregonians are part of all of these groups.

In supporting this measure we stand with our partners like CAUSA, who are fighting for fair policies that affect people who immigrate to Oregon AND who have stood with us on issues like marriage equality.

Finally, policies have a particularly significant impact on members of the LGBT community who are also immigrants and people of color. Allowing limited driver cards for Oregon residents who meet the requirements will make our roads and communities safer. It affects us all, and it’s the right thing to do.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS?
Voting “Yes” allows the DMV to issue driver cards to any Oregon resident who passes the State’s written driver knowledge test, passes the State’s behind-the-wheel driver test, provides proof of residence in Oregon for more than one year and provides proof of identity and date of birth.

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Safe Roads Campaign

Safe Roads Campaign

Yes on Measure 88

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