Welcome to Basic Rights Oregon’s Vote Equality Guide to pro-equality candidates. These are our endorsements for the 2016 General Elections.
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 LGBTQ 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 LGBTQ 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 LGBTQ 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 LGBTQ Oregonians experience freedom in our everyday lives.
With more than 25 years of service to the people of Oregon, Kate Brown is well-prepared to serve as Oregon’s 38th Governor, making government more accountable and standing up for working families.
During her time in the legislature, Kate Brown led efforts on government accountability and reform. In 2007, she successfully spearheaded legislation that The Oregonian called the “state’s most sweeping package of ethics reforms in 34 years.” And she led a bipartisan group of legislators to pass Oregon’s most significant campaign finance reform law in a generation, making campaign contributions more transparent than ever before by creating an online database for campaign finance reporting.
Brown has also been a longtime leader in advancing civil rights and marriage equality. In 2007, she helped to pass the Oregon Equality Act, a civil rights law that prohibited discrimination in employment and housing on the basis of sexual orientation. And Brown was instrumental in passing Oregon’s Family Fairness Act, which legally recognizes committed same-sex relationships as domestic partnerships.
Prior to running for public office, Brown practiced family and juvenile law. She taught at Portland State University, worked with the Juvenile Rights Project and co-founded the Oregon Women’s Health and Wellness Alliance, which has been leading efforts to support women’s health for more than 20 years.
With her husband Dan, Brown raised Dan’s son and daughter, who are now grown, in Portland. When Brown is not busy at the Capitol in Salem, you’ll find her horseback riding or hiking. In February of 2015, Brown and her husband moved into the official residence, Mahonia Hall.
As a civil rights attorney, legislator and labor commissioner, Brad Avakian has fought to put progressive values into action and create economic opportunity for all Oregonians.
Today as labor commissioner, Brad is leading the charge to return 21st century shop classes to middle schools and high schools -- with more than 200 now providing access to more than 100,000 students so far. He's fought wage theft and civil rights abuses in the workplace, directing more than $22 million into the pockets of workers treated unfairly. And he's advanced policies for better transparency in the workplace so all Oregonians can earn equal pay for equal work.
As a legislator, Brad was named "Consensus Builder of the Year" for his work sponsoring the Oregon Renewable Energy Act of 2007 to create more clean energy jobs. A long-time supporter of equality for all Oregonians, Brad co-sponsored the Oregon Equality Act which he now enforces as Labor Commissioner. The Oregon AFL-CIO named Brad a "Working Families Champion" and gave him a Gold Medal for his work building a stronger, more equitable economy for the state. Raised in Washington County, Brad is a product of Oregon’s public schools. He graduated from Oregon State University in 1984 with a BS in Psychology and Lewis and Clark Law School in 1990 with a JD. Brad worked his way through law school by helping to create the local YMCA’s Juvenile Restitution Program, which mentored troubled youth and put them to work repaying the victims of their crimes
An Eagle Scout, Brad learned early in life that hard work and commitment could create positive changes in peoples’ lives. When budget cuts slashed music and arts programs in local schools, Brad worked with parents and educators to create the Southwest Music School.
Brad lives in Washington County with his wife and high school sweetheart Debbie. They have two children, Nathan and Claire, who are both pursuing careers in the performing arts.
State Representative Tobias Read is an Oregon lawmaker on the forefront of key issues both locally and nationally. As a leader in a progressive state, Read has a reputation as a pragmatic and innovative thinker on issues involving infrastructure, civil justice, and public finance.
Born in Missoula, Montana and raised in Boise, Idaho, Read moved to Oregon to attend Willamette University, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Politics and Economics. After working as a Special Assistant at the U.S. Treasury under Secretary Larry Summers, Read completed his Master’s of Business Administration at the University of Washington. He then moved back to Oregon for a position at Nike. In 2006 he was first elected to the Oregon House of Representatives.
Representative Read has successfully worked with citizens, lawmakers and stakeholders to build Oregon’s future. His innovative Save Today, Secure Tomorrow legislation will make it easier for all Oregonians to save for retirement. He’s championed legislation to bring Oregon into the West Coast Infrastructure Exchange, addressing the state’s aging infrastructure using financing that takes advantage of private sector agility and public sector accountability. Read serves on the Oregon Innovation Council, which includes three signature research centers and a roster of industry initiatives that create thousands of jobs. He lives in Beaverton with his wife Heidi and their two children.
Senate Majority Leader Ginny Burdick
Senate District 18 - King City, Tigard, Metzger & Southwest Portland
Senator Ginny Burdick is a native of Portland’s Senate District 18. She attended Chapman and Bridlemile Schools and is a graduate of Wilson High School. She received her B.A. in psychology from the University of Puget Sound in 1969 and her Masters in Journalism from the University of Oregon 1973.
Before being elected to the Senate, Senator Burdick served on the Land Conservation and Development Commission from 1987-1993, including four years as vice-chair. She has served on the Oregon Board of The Nature Conservancy, the Oregon Board of NARAL, Emanuel Hospital’s Council of Associates and the Program Committee of the City Club of Portland.
Senator Burdick is a communications consultant, specializing in crisis communications. She is the proud mom of two daughters: Kate, who graduated from Portland State University, and Shannon, who lives in Portland.
Senate Majority Leader Ginny Burdick
Senate District 18
King City, Tigard, Metzger & Southwest Portland
House Majority Leader 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.
House Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson
House District 36
House Speaker Tina Kotek
House District 44 - Kenton, St. Johns, North and Northeast Portland
Beginning with her work to win domestic partnership benefits for faculty and students at the University of Washington in the mid-1990s, Tina Kotek has worked hard to change the world and to empower people to be part of that change.
Tina began her public service career as a policy advocate for the Oregon Food Bank, working to eliminate hunger for every Oregonian. She went on to serve as the policy director for Children First for Oregon before being elected to the Oregon House of Representatives in 2006.
In her first term in the House, Tina championed a redesign of the state's welfare program, led the fight to establish statewide nutrition standards for food sold in schools, and helped pass landmark legislation that ended discrimination based on sexual orientation and created domestic partnerships for same-sex couples.
In 2013, Tina became the first openly lesbian speaker of any state house in the nation. As Speaker, Tina has led the charge for positive change here in Oregon.
In the 2015 legislative session, Tina was a leader in the movement to give everyone a fair shot at success, championing the successful efforts to expand earned sick leave, strengthen retirement security and ban racial profiling. She worked to strengthen and expand child care options for working parents, and fought to implement Oregon's Clean Fuels Program. The 2016 session built upon those wins for working families, including the passage of trailblazing legislation to raise Oregon's minimum wage.
Today, Tina and her partner, Aimee Wilson, live in the Kenton neighborhood of North Portland with their two Yorkies, Rudy and Wicket.
House Speaker Tina Kotek
House District 44
Kenton, St. Johns, North and Northeast Portland
Senate District 3 - Medford
For nearly 30 years,Tonia Moro has been a public defender in Medford and an active community leader supporting Senator Bates on issues affecting working families, seniors, students, and people with disabilities. She is chair of the Rogue Valley Transportation District, and led the recent successful campaign to restore badly needed bus service to the Rogue Valley. She is a longtime board member of OnTrack which helps people with mental health issues, chemical dependency, domestic violence,and foster care. As a board member for Rogue Climate, she has been a leader in in advocating for the creation of clean energy jobs, promoting responsible land use and stopping corporate pollution.
At a time when the largest corporations and richest individuals have too much control, Tonia Moro will be a state senator who speaks for the rest of us on issues like education, better paying jobs, and affordable housing and health care.
Senate District 3
Senate District 14 - Beaverton
Mark Hass is an Oregon State Senator from Washington County and Southwest Portland (District 14). He was elected in 2008 to a four-year term. Previously, he served in the House of Representatives from 2001 to 2007.
He is currently the Chairman of the Senate Finance and Revenue Committee, Co-Chairs the Senate Education Committee and is a serves on the Joint Committee on Tax Credits.
His priority in the legislature has been the elusive goal of reforming Oregon’s tax structure so that it is less volatile and more stable.
He is best known as a leader in education policy, authoring Oregon's full day kindergarten bills and the landmark Oregon Promise law (2015), which provides students with up to two years of free community college tuition.
In the House of Representatives, Hass was a key player on tax and education policy. His first bill passed into law (HB2421) created tax incentives for businesses to set up college scholarship programs for their employees. He also worked closely with senior groups in 2003 and 2005 to strengthen Oregon’s elder abuse laws.
Prior to serving in the legislature, Hass spent 20 years as journalist, most recently at KATU television from 1984 to 2000. He has received numerous awards for his reporting, including an Emmy Award in 1998 for writing.
His wife, Tamra, who grew up in Pendleton, is a speech pathologist who has spent the last ten years specializing in helping children with autism and Aspergers Syndrome. She has co-written two books and CD manuals which are in high demand from teachers and parents.
They have a sixteen-year-old daughter, Isabelle, and a six-year-old son, Sam.
Senate District 14
Senate District 21 - Southeast Portland, Milwaukie & Oak Grove
STRENGTHENING PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Strong public schools are the ladder of opportunity. Kathleen has advocated to restore a full school year and make sure all students have the chance to succeed. Kathleen has two kids in public schools and is a consistent advocate for education.
A STRONGER ECONOMY
Kathleen’s experience working with small businesses to find jobs for Oregonians gave her a clear picture of how jobs are created and what skills are needed to succeed. She will push for greater investment in workforce training and infrastructure to make Oregon more competitive. Kathleen knows working families are often without the supports they need she has voted to increase Oregon's minimum wage and provide work place protections for employees. She knows when workers succeed, Oregon's economy benefits.
ACCOUNTABLE AND EFFICIENT GOVERNMENT
As an auditor, Kathleen has shown government how to provide better services with limited resources using proven strategies. She has applied her skills as an auditor to the Oregon Legislature to make government more efficient and accountable.
A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT
Oregon’s natural beauty and our unique quality of life are among our greatest assets. Kathleen will ensure they're protected for future generations. Kathleen is proud of legislation she helped to pass in the Legislature, including the landmark Coal to Clean and Clean Fuels laws. She currently Co-Chairs the Natural Resources Budget Writing Committee where she advocates for targeted investments to protect our environment.
FAIRNESS FOR ALL OREGONIANS
Equal rights and protection of the vulnerable are among Kathleen's core values. She will continue to push for a government that serves ALL Oregonians, not just special interests, and will continue to fight to ensure a lived equality for all.
Senate District 21
Southeast Portland, Milwaukie & Oak Grove
Senate District 22 - 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.
Senate District 22
North & Northeast Portland
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.
Senate District 23
Mt. Tabor, Maywood Park, Parkrose, Southeast & Northeast Portland
Laurie Monnes Anderson
Senate District 25 - Fairview, Troutdale, Gresham & Wood Village
I’m Laurie Monnes Anderson, and I’m running for reelection to the State Senate from District 25 in East Multnomah County.
As a public health nurse in my community for two decades and a legislator since 2001, I’ve been devoted to health care access especially for children, seniors, and low-income Oregonians. I am most proud of the bills I’ve co-sponsored to lower the cost of prescription drugs, help tribal communities have better access to dental care, and to require every health plan in Oregon to include coverage for mental health services. I am currently working on a bill to expand the definition of physical injury to include severe bruising to better protect our kids from abuse. I am equally proud of the progressive legislation that my colleagues and I have passed recently, such as raising the minimum wage, addressing the need for affordable housing, extending the length of birth control prescriptions to a full year’s supply, and banning conversion therapy for LGBTQ teens. My continued focus will always be to expand access to inclusive, quality healthcare and to make sure that government works for everyone. I am running again because we have so much work still to do.
I have also served on the Justice Team at Gresham United Methodist Church for a few years now, educating members on being open and affirming to all churchgoers. When I’m not working, I enjoy gardening, golfing, and spending time with my grandkids. I am honored to be endorsed by Basic Rights Oregon's Equality PAC.
Laurie Monnes Anderson
Senate District 25
Fairview, Troutdale, Gresham & Wood Village
Senate District 27 - Bend, Redmond, Sunriver & Tumalo
Greg Delgado is a Democratic candidate for Oregon’s State Senate in District 27 which includes Bend, Redmond, and Sun River. He was raised on a small farm in Sahuarita, Arizona by an economically disadvantaged family . His parents instilled in him a strong sense of compassion and desire to work hard for the people in his community.
Over 10 years ago Greg moved to Bend and became involved with Jobs with Justice and CAUSA after seeing first hand the abuses of workers. During his time as a community organizer, Greg has developed extensive relationships with labor unions, the Latino community, and elected officials across the state.
Greg has fought tirelessly on behalf of his community for Drivers Cards, Organizing Hospital Workers, Ban the Box Legislation, A Better Oregon Revenue Campaign, and Protection from Racial Profiling Legislation. He looks forward to carrying on his work on the campaign trail and in the Oregon State Senate.
Senate District 27
Bend, Redmond, Sunriver & Tumalo
House District 1 - Gold Beach
I am running for State Representative, House District -1 because as George Bush said: "I am a unifier not a divider." I hope I treat all individuals with respect and dignity even if we hold disparate views. I value our differences and hopefully use them as strengths. One can disagree on policies without being disagreeable. I believe we need to work collaboratively toward shared goals and am willing to compromise to bring about best practices that we can all work towards. We need to encourage and explore new ideas.
My Platform Consist of three main principles:
1. Schools: I am strong believer in improving the Education system in Oregon and believe in enhancing vocational education to our High Schools. This will in fact help increase our graduation rates in rural southern Oregon.
2. Jobs: In order to address the employment issue first we need to address the affordable housing issue. People need to have a safe place to live, in order to feel comfortable to look for employment. We need to have an open discussion and realistic approach to Land Management. I do not believe that the Federal Government is going to deed back forest land that never belonged to the State and or Counties. I do believe in good, sustainable, land management practices.
3. Families: When discussing families you are talking also about the health of the family. As a partially disabled combat veteran, I understand and appreciate the need for clean air and water. I am a strong advocate of Veteran Services, as Southern Oregon has the largest rate of veterans of any Oregon area. I know firsthand that we need to strengthen Veteran Medical Services along the coast.
After 30+ years working in the California Department of Corrections I support Law and Order.
I am socially progressive.
I believe in smart, enforceable regulations.
I believe in Climate Change, especially after visiting the disappearing Glaciers in Alaska and watching the extremes that our weather has been undergoing. I believe that mankind exacerbates climate change.
House District 1
House District 5 - Ashland
Pam Marsh is a 21-year resident of Oregon, a city council member, small business owner and manager of Ashland’s nonprofit food bank. It’s a diverse resume that’s given her a good understanding of the local economy and the challenges facing families that require state attention, including early childhood programs, strong schools and the continuation of health care reform
Pam was appointed by the City Council to fill a vacant position in December 2012. Two years later she won a 4-year term, receiving 90% of the votes cast.
Before joining the Council, Pam served as a member and chair of the City Planning Commission and as a member of the Ashland Charter Review Committee, and volunteered for a variety of community organizations including Ashland High School Booster Club and Down Syndrome Association of Southern Oregon. Currently, she serves as a board member of the Family Nurturing Center.
Pam has lived in Southern Oregon since 1994, when she and her husband, Diarmuid McGuire, moved their four children from Palo Alto, California, to the mountains above Ashland. In Palo Alto Pam served on the Planning Commission, worked as district representative for a state legislator, served as executive director of the Santa Clara County Cities Association, and participated in a variety of nonprofit and public school organizations.
For ten years after moving to Oregon Pam was actively involved in management and operation of Green Springs Inn and Cabins. As a parent of a student at Pinehurst School, she participated on the school site committee and Pinehurst School Foundation. Her family continues to own the business, which is currently managed by her husband and son.
House District 5
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.
House District 8
South Eugene, Veneta & Loraine
House District 9 - Coos, Douglas, Lane & Lincoln County
I was born and raised in Coos Bay, the daughter of a nurse and a small business owner. My two older sisters and I were educated in the Coos Bay public school system. I moved away to go to college and married my high school sweetheart, Jeff. After we had our two children, my husband and I moved home to raise our family.
Improving Oregon schools quickly became my passion. When the transportation budget was cut in my school district, I began volunteering as a crossing guard. Soon I was baking cupcakes and organizing school carnivals. These volunteer activities led to an appointment to the Coos Bay School Board in 1989. I served in this position for 11 years working to balance budgets fairly and preserve a high quality education system in our local schools.
While on the school board, I began volunteering for the ASPIRE program which helps students plan for higher education or training after high school. In 2002, I was hired by the Oregon Student Assistance Commission to help expand the program throughout the state. When I retired from this position in 2010, the program was providing more than 1,000 volunteer mentors to 60,000 students in 115 high schools across Oregon.
In 2003, Governor Kulongoski appointed me to the Board of Commissioners of the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay. I served in this position for nine years working to develop infrastructure and expand economic opportunity on the South Coast. I was on the front lines when the Port of Coos Bay stepped up to take ownership of and rehabilitate the Coos Bay Rail Line, and I continue to champion infrastructure investment on the South Coast.
For the past two years, I’ve had the honor of representing Coos, Douglas, Lane and Lincoln counties as State Representative. I’m proud of my work to help schools hire back teachers and get our economy going again, but more work lies ahead. I would be honored to continue working on your behalf in Salem.
In my free time, I enjoy running, paddle boarding, spending time with my husband Jeff, our children Bradford and Molly, my father Dick, and our two dogs Huckleberry and Cowboy.
House District 9
Coos, Douglas, Lane & Lincoln County
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.
House District 10
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.
House District 11
Central Lane & Linn Counties
House District 13 - Eugene
Current Elected Office
Oregon State Representative, House District 13 (2007-Present)
Joint Ways and Means Committee (JWM), Vice-chair. JWM Subcommittee on Human Services, Co-Chair. Joint Committee on Information Management and Technology, Co-Chair. JWM Subcommittee on General Government, Member. Former committee assignments (partial list): JWM Subcommittee on Public Safety; House Committee on Health Care; House Committee on Transportation and Economic Development
Retired after a career of 37 years working in academic libraries, concluding with her job as Resource Sharing Program Manager for the Orbis Cascade Alliance of academic libraries in Oregon and Washington.
Previously held library supervisory and technical jobs, and owned and operated Photoscapes, an entrepreneurial small business.
University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, B.S. with Honors, Phi Beta Kappa
Northwestern University, Evanston Illinois
Hillcrest High School, Dallas Texas
National and Regional Offices, Boards and Commissions, prior to State Legislature
National League of Cities, Board of Directors
Federal Communications Commission-Local and State Government Advisory Committee
Lane County Public Safety Coordinating Council
And served on the Board of the Lane Council of Governments, Lane Regional Air Pollution Authority, and Lane County Intergovernmental Human Services Committee
City of Eugene
City Council (elected to three terms 1993-2004, spearheading initiatives to upgrade fire stations and add firefighters, and the bond measure to expand the city’s parks and natural areas
Planning Commission (1987- 1993)
House District 13
House District 14 - West Eugene & Junction City
Drawn here by their love of the outdoors and the great sense of local community they found in Eugene, Julie and her husband Jake moved to Oregon in 2009. Julie is a lifelong Democrat who is passionate about issues related to economic opportunity for all Oregonians – including workplace policies that are beneficial to working families, the creation of living wage jobs, and an education system that prepares students to succeed in work and in college. As Chair of the Lane County Democrats for 2 ½ years, she advocated for these issues, helped organize the progressive community, and worked hard to get candidates who fight for Democratic values elected. She is currently continuing this work as the Treasurer of the Democratic Party of Oregon.
Julie is strongly committed to the idea that our elected representatives should accurately represent the people they serve. She is a proud graduate of the Emerge Oregon program, a program which supports and trains Democratic women who aspire to run for office. As a strong advocate for equal access to a quality education, Julie has served as an officer in her local P.E.O. chapter, a philanthropic organization which provides scholarships and educational opportunities for women around the world.
Julie has 15 years of experience in the private sector as a business consultant and co-founder of ThreePoint Consulting, a human resources consulting firm for businesses and non-profits. Through her work, she helps employers pay their employees fairly, build skilled workforces, and create the kind of work environment and culture that makes an organization a great place to work. In addition to her work with businesses, Julie has helped schools and education groups tackle some of the biggest talent-related challenges facing education today. Her work has addressed issues such as how to stem the tide of new teachers leaving the teaching profession, how to provide meaningful opportunities for teachers to develop and grow throughout their careers, and how to make sure that teachers’ pay is better aligned with their importance in our society.
Julie is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame. In her free time, she is an avid hiker and has volunteered as a mentor on a backpacking expedition with Big City Mountaineers, which leads wilderness trips for under-served youth.
House District 14
West Eugene & Junction City
House District 16 - Corvallis
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 continue 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.
House District 16
House District 20 - Salem, Monmouth & Independence
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.
House District 20
Salem, Monmouth & Independence
Teresa Alonso Leon
House District 22 - Woodburn
I am Teresa Alonso Leon, and I'm proud to call this place home. I grew up in Woodburn and attended Woodburn High School. I know that House District 22 is a strong, vibrant, and diverse community, and I'm running to represent everybody who lives in the district.
At a young age, I learned what it's like to struggle, and I discovered the power of a quality education to reshape a person's future. I'm committed to making sure that the next generation of young people have the opportunity and resources to succeed.
I earned my Master’s Degree in Public Administration at Portland State University and my B.A at Western Oregon University. I currently serve on the Woodburn City Council and work for the Higher Education Coordinating Commission in the Office of Community College and Workforce Development as the High School Equivalency and State GED Administrator. I have dedicated the last 18 years of my life helping students find their path to college or a post-secondary educational opportunity past high school or GED.
I'm running for State Representative to help create a future where everyone has a fair shot at a prosperous future.
Teresa Alonso Leon
House District 22
House District 23 - West McMinnville, Adair Village, Alsea, Dallas, Jefferson, Monroe, Rickreall, Amity, Dayton & Willamina
After six years of serving, in 2014, Jim Thompson was the first Republican Legislator in Oregon to join Freedom Oregon, an organization for Republicans and Independents who support marriage equality. With this position, Jim was attacked and lost in the Primaries to competitor Mike Nearman. Jim is widely respected by Legislators in both parties as a moderate Republican who is able to work across party lines to ensure they are resolving the issues that matter to Oregonians.
This year, Jim is running as an Independent with the Democrat write in nomination. Jim is running to get back into office to focus on healthcare access for all Oregonians and aiding small businesses and rural economies.
House District 23
West McMinnville, Adair Village, Alsea, Dallas, Jefferson, Monroe, Rickreall, Amity, Dayton & Willamina
House District 24 - Yamhill
As a young man, Ken settled on a few acres outside of Yamhill. Cutting down the trees that were growing on the house site, he used the lumber to build his house from the ground up. He and his wife raised three kids in that house, all of whom graduated from Yamhill-Carlton High School. Today, Ken serves as a Yamhill Planning Commissioner, McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador and host of local access TV’s Local Matters, where he interviews community leaders so viewers learn about the important work they do.
He has worked at Intel and Hewlett-Packard as an electrical engineer and now owns his own small business working as a contractor. He is a Rotarian, past chair of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of McMinnville, former ASPIRE mentor and a Founding Member of the Shadow Project, working with the founder—his wife, Christy—to close the achievement gap for hundreds of students with learning disabilities in our public schools.
Ken is the Democratic candidate for House District 24, which includes portions of Yamhill and Washington Counties.
House District 24
House District 26 - Wilsonville
Ray lives in Wilsonville with his wife, Marci, and their sons, Cormac and Cian. Like many families in House District 26, the Lister’s believe that supporting schools, providing a stable business climate, and making sure there are adequate services for struggling families should be the state’s top priorities.
Ray grew up in Tucson, Arizona, and attended the University of Arizona. He and Marci moved to Oregon when they were expecting their first child, to be close to family, and because Ray had an opportunity to work as a residential electrician. During the great recession, with work opportunities scarce, their income dropped 40%, they lost their house, moved into a two bedroom apartment, and slowly began rebuilding their livelihood.
As Ray retrained for a job as a commercial electrician, their family needed community and government services to survive. Ray understands, first hand, the importance of that safety net. Struggling families need support, and access to efficient services, not bureaucracy and red tape, during their times of need. Ray will work to make that happen.
Working together to find solutions that work for Oregon. Ray believes that a moderate and balanced approach leads to the solutions that work for all Oregonians. Ray understands how to work with people on both sides of the issues. As an advocate, negotiator, and organizer for his union, he knows that a one size fits all approach rarely works. He looks for the common interests, and threads, that can bring people together. He believes that both Democrats and Republicans want a successful Oregon. He’ll look past labels to find common ground.
House District 26
House District 27 - Beaverton, Raleigh Hills & Progress
Sheri Malstrom is seeking election to the Oregon House of Representatives from House District 27, which covers Beaverton, Garden Home, Raleigh Hills and parts of southwest Portland. She brings more than thirty years of experience as a pubic health nurse to the legislature and a lifetime of helping families in Oregon raise healthy children.
She has been a lifelong resident of Washington County where she and her husband started their family. When Sheri was widowed with three very young children, she was able to raise her children as a single parent with the help of a good union job and a supportive community. Her children are all now college graduates and are thriving in nearby areas.
Sheri took a leadership role within the Oregon Nurses Association and frequently advocated for healthier policies at the legislature. Her expertise also led her to be appointed by the Governor to the Oregon Commission for Women where she helped shape family-friendly policies as well. Additionally, Sheri served as Finance Chair and Executive Board member of the Washington County Democratic Party to promote election of qualified candidates.
Building a healthier, more equitable community is what Sheri wants to accomplish as a legislator, and she has the experience and skills to do so.
House District 27
Beaverton, Raleigh Hills & Progress
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.
House District 28
House District 29 - Hillsboro & Forest Grove
Seeking re-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.
House District 29
Hillsboro & Forest Grove
House District 30 - Hillsboro, Glencoe & Orenco
Janeen Sollman has served on the Hillsboro School Board since 2009 and as Board Chair from 2011-2013. Since joining the School Board, she has served on several committees, including the Budget, Audit, and Superintendent Evaluation committees, as well as the Career and College Pathways Steering Committee. As an active volunteer and resident of House District 30 for 24 years, Sollman has been a long-time advocate for her community. She has helped homebound seniors with Meals on Wheels, assisted homeless families with the Washington County Project Homeless Connect, and served as a committed volunteer in local schools to make sure that every student has the opportunity to succeed. Sollman works for Vernier Software & Technology, an education software company based in Washington County. Sollman and her husband of 25 years, Tony, have two sons who attended Hillsboro public schools.
House District 30
Hillsboro, Glencoe & Orenco
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.
House District 31
Clatskanie & St. Helens
House District 32 - Cannon Beach
Representative Deborah Boone was appointed on August 4, 2004 to serve the remainder of the term for House District 32 when Elaine Hopson resigned in July 2004. Deborah Boone was re-elected by the citizens of House District 32 in November 2004 to serve as their representative. Deborah Boone was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She graduated from Grant High School and attended University of Washington majoring in oceanography. She later changed her major to painting and transferred to Portland State University graduating from PSU with 2 B. S. degrees in Art and Psychology. Deborah worked for 16 years as a legislative assistant to seven individual legislators, with 8 of those years in House District 32.
She is the co-owner of a construction company with her husband, and she has owned and operated a restaurant and catering business. She worked as a watershed council coordinator for 6 years, taught parenting classes and a welfare to work program at Clatsop Community College and worked as an educational assistant in Seaside schools. Deborah served as a Clatsop County Commissioner and was appointed by Governors to the Oregon Ocean Resources Management Task Force, Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee, Healthy Stream Partnership and the Oregon Children’s Trust Fund board. She served on Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation Board, was a member of Head Start Policy Council, and was a founding member of the Oregon Chapter: National Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse. She currently serves her community as a volunteer firefighter. Deborah and her husband live on the family tree farm and have raised two children.
House District 32
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.
House District 33
House District 34 - Beaverton & Washington County
Seeking re-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.
House District 34
Beaverton & Washington County
House District 35 - Tigard, Metzger & Southwest Portland
Margaret Doherty was appointed in September of 2009 to represent the people of House District 35, which encompasses Tigard, Metzger, and parts of southwest Portland.
Margaret has deep ties to Tigard and SW Portland; she graduated from Wilson High School and continued her education by working her way through Portland State University, graduating with a degree in Speech Communications and Theater. She taught at Milwaukie High School for ten years and along the way, she picked up a Masters Degree at Lewis and Clark College.
For 22 years, she was a consultant with the Oregon Education Association and represented education workers around the state. After retirement, Rep. Doherty opened a home based floral design business in Tigard.
Rep. Doherty has been active in her community by serving on the Tigard Planning Commission and volunteering at the Tigard Public Library for over ten years. She has always been a champion for public education and knows the importance of a good education for the children of Oregon; she currently serves as Chair of the House Education Committee in the legislature.
House District 35
Tigard, Metzger & Southwest Portland
House District 37 - West Linn
Paul Carlos Southwick is a candidate for the Oregon House of Representatives, District 37. Paul grew up in Clackamas County, Oregon on a small farm where he learned to value hard work, fairness and taking care of his family. Paul's parents educated him at home for most of his K-12 education and he went on to graduate from Clackamas Community College, George Fox University and the University of Michigan Law School. Paul is currently an attorney at the law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.
Why is Paul running for House District 37? Because his mother, Donna Alarcón Elizondo, who worked hard to raise two children and proudly owned her own small business, now works long hours and still struggles to afford housing near her place of employment. Paul believes that hard working mothers and fathers deserve a fair shot at economic security.
Paul is also running because Clackamas Community College is where he gained the skills, confidence and mentoring necessary to pursue his dream of becoming a lawyer and advocate. Paul knows that better access to quality, affordable higher education will help people like his mother get living wage jobs and advance their careers.
Paul lives with his partner, Greg and their dog, Akira, in Tualatin, Oregon.
House District 37
House District 38 - Lake Oswego and Southwest Portland
Ann Lininger represents Lake Oswego and Southwest Portland in the Oregon House of Representatives. A business attorney, Ann lives with her husband and two children in Lake Oswego, where she coaches her daughter’s middle school debate team. Ann earned her B.A. from Yale University and her J.D. from New York University School of Law.
House District 38
Lake Oswego and Southwest Portland
House District 39 - Oregon City
A 5th generation Oregonian, Charles was born in St Helens, Oregon, the great grandson of Ephram Peter Roberts who settled in The Dalles.
He has worked with some of Oregon’s greatest leaders. Served as a legislative page to Senator Jason Boe, volunteer staff to city commissioner Mildred Schwab, interned for county commissioners Ben Padrow and Don Clark, and staff to Rena Cusma, studied with the colorful character Marko Haggard, volunteered for Betty and Barbara Robert’s campaigns, and helped elect Congresswoman Elizabeth Furse.
He watched as Tom McCall marshaled in the bottle bill, beach protection, the Columbia Gorge scenic area designation, and novel comprehensive land-use planning. Working as intern to help craft Multnomah County’s first land use plan, he learned the unique role and value of public participation in decision-making; this being something that makes Oregon unique. He saw how citizens struggled with competing values, in open community discussions, that laid the foundation for the Oregon Health Plan – and he continues to connect with these values.
His life hasn’t been all public service, however. He background includes running a small manufacturing company in Damascus that made outdoor gear, traveling across the country and the world for sales and supplies, interacting with many different cultures, and he has helped healthcare companies and organizations identify issues and resolve them to improve the quality of care.
He has done this work not just in Oregon, but in Alaska, California, Washington, West Virginia, and Washington DC as well. To this day he fights to assure that everyone has access to high quality health care, no matter their backgrounds or socioeconomic status.
Charles lives in the house he designed and hand built himself near the Clackamas River in Carver. He is an avid climber, runner, skier, and community volunteer. He has volunteered at the Wallace Medical Concern, a free clinic for the homeless, co-founder of the Oregon Pediatric Improvement Partnership, a volunteer mentor with the Oregon Youth Authority, and is currently on the Clackamas County Parks Advisory Board.
House District 39
House District 40 - Clackamas, Gladstone & Oregon City
Mark Meek is a longtime Gladstone resident who served in the U.S. Air Force, owns a small business, coached high school football, serves on the Planning Commission and raised his family here. Growing up, Mark’s family needed government assistance to put food on the table and he worked his way through college, so he knows what it’s like to struggle. He sees hard-working people in our community struggle with the rising cost of living while incomes are flat. Mark will work hard to pass paid family and medical leave, increase college scholarships, invest in Clackamas Community College and increase affordable housing. Mark will invest in our schools to provide smaller class sizes and increase graduation rates because education can still unlock the door to opportunity, as it did for him.
House District 40
Clackamas, Gladstone & Oregon City
House District 41 - Milwaukie & Sellwood
Karin Power is the Democratic candidate for Oregon House District 41. She is an environmental attorney for The Freshwater Trust, and holds a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and a J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School. Karin was elected to Milwaukie City Council in 2014, where she has focused on on public library renovation efforts, infrastructure issues, and local community college expansion plans. She and her wife, Meg, live in Milwaukie and are expecting their first child in July.
House District 41
Milwaukie & Sellwood
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.
House District 42
Inner Southeast Portland
House District 43 - Albina, Piedmont, Alameda, North & Northeast Portland
Tawna Sanchez is a dedicated advocate and proven progressive who has spent her life helping strengthen the community around her.
Born of Shoshone-Bannock, Ute, and Carrizo descent, she grew up in Portland. Her dad worked at an auto shop on what was then Union Avenue, today Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. She has received a Bachelor of Arts from Marylhurst University, and a Masters in Social Work from Portland State University.
Earlier in life, Tawna was active in the fight for indigenous and women’s rights. She protested coal and uranium mining on native reservations. She was a leader of international organizations like the Indigenous Women’s Network and the International Indian Treaty Council. Tawna has always stood up for social justice on the side of the oppressed, and that is the approach she would bring to the Oregon Legislature.
For the past 19 years, Tawna has lived in House District 43 in her home across from Jefferson High School. Tawna is the Director of Family Services and Interim Executive Director at the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA Family Center), which has a $10 million annual budget and employs 120 people. NAYA provides services to families -native and non-native alike- to improve their lives and strengthen our community. These include: early childhood education, health care, foster care, workforce training, housing assistance, domestic violence intervention and prevention, and elder care. Many of NAYA Family Center's accomplishments including the creation of an Early College Academy, expansion of early childhood services, affordable housing development, elders support, and building a nationally recognized wrap-around service model have been under the leadership of Tawna Sanchez.
A major focus of Tawna’s work has been in the area of domestic violence. Prior to joining NAYA, she was a domestic violence advocate at the Bradley Angle House. Tawna is the founder of a nationally recognized Native American domestic violence intervention and prevention program that has successfully served thousands of Native American families. Tawna has been active at the state level as well, serving on the Oregon Domestic and Sexual Violence Advisory Board.
Tawna is also a personal and professional leader in the area of child welfare and foster care. Tawna in her own life has helped raise 18 foster kids who attended schools in House District 43 including Humbolt, Sabin, Beaumont, Grant, Jefferson, and Rigler. She has also been active in state policy making, serving on the Oregon Family Services Review Commission and Oregon Child Welfare Advisory Commission.
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.
Barbara Smith Warner
House District 45
Hollywood, Parkrose & North East Portland
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.
House District 46
Laurelhurst, Mt. Tabor & Southeast Portland
House District 47 - Powellhurst, Hazelwood & East Portland
Diego Hernandez is a product of East Portland's public schools including the David Douglas and Parkrose Districts. He graduated from Reynolds High School, then worked his way through college at the University of Oregon, where he received a BA in Political Science and Ethnic Studies. After college, Diego received his Masters in Social Work at Portland State University. Because of his passion for serving his community, Diego then became a teacher at Parkrose Middle and High School.
Diego Hernandez was the first Latino ever elected to the Reynolds School Board. As a school board member, Diego advocated for equity and helped pass the district's first Equity Action Plan. Diego is a champion for students and public education. Through his service on the Reynolds bond steering committee, he was instrumental in the passage of the $125 million bond that is rebuilding 3 elementary schools in the district.
In 2014, Diego was appointed to the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs, where he recently served on the SB 218 Senate Education Committee’s task force. He also serves on the boards of the Mckenzie River Gathering Foundation and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon. In 2012, he was recognized by the National Association of Social Workers with the Community Based Practice Award.
Diego is currently the Co-Executive Director of Momentum Alliance, a nonprofit he co-founded four years ago, which develops young civic leaders. At Momentum Alliance Diego works to advance the professional, academic and leadership success of underrepresented youth in the Portland-Metro area. Diego secures funding for unique programs that assist youth in becoming leaders and holding leadership positions in their community. Diego has strengthened the work of the organization through a youth-led approach that has resulted in measurable impacts inside and outside of school.
Diego is a strong voice for Oregon's students, families and underrepresented communities, advocating for a transparent government that is more responsive to the needs of its constituents. He is an advocate for public education and East Portland and he will bring that advocacy to the state legislature.
House District 47
Powellhurst, Hazelwood & East Portland
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.
House District 48
Happy Valley, Harmony, Lents & East Portland
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.
House District 49
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.
House District 50
House District 51 - Clackamas, Sunnyside, Gresham & East Portland
A mother of four children and a small business owner, Janelle Bynum works hard. It’s what her parents taught her to do.
The daughter of teachers, her parents taught Janelle that education was the key to a better, safer world. When drug violence threatened her inner city neighborhood in Washington, DC, Janelle put that ideal into practice. She earned scholarships and put herself through school, earning her Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and her Master’s degree in Business Administration.
Today, Janelle and her husband, Mark, live in Happy Valley with their children. Janelle operates her family’s small business, running two restaurants in our community. In her restaurants, Janelle continues to embody those ideals taught to her early in life, mentoring her employees, providing scholarships to continue their education and encouraging them to dream big.
Janelle’s work has always been about reaching out and helping people get ahead – and as our State Representative, we can count on her to do just that.
In Salem, she’ll work hard, just like she’s been doing for more than a decade in our community. We can count on Janelle to find stable funding solutions for our public schools, so every Oregon student has the chance to dream big. She’ll work for safe neighborhoods and smart development, keeping our communities intact and our quality of life high. And Janelle will work to level the playing field, so hard working Oregon families and small businesses have a fair shot at getting ahead.
House District 51
Clackamas, Sunnyside, Gresham & East Portland
House District 52 - Hood River
Mark Reynolds was raised in the Columbia Gorge on a family farm. He has spent his life dedicated to education, as a teacher Hood River Valley High School and Cascade Locks High School. His wife and daughter are teachers in Oregon as well, so it is clear to see these values run deep. Now Reynolds is taking his commitment to our students and our families to the next level by running to be your next State Representative.
Reynolds understands our community and will be a strong voice for all families, from Sandy, to Gresham, to Boring, to Mount Hood and the Hood River Valley, and everything in between. He will focus on getting the results we need to create opportunity for all of us – not just the wealthiest among us.
As State Representative, Reynolds will stand up for strong schools that inspire our students and prepare them for successful careers. He gets that when we invest in our students’ future, we are also investing in our community’s future. Our students deserve smaller class sizes, a higher chance at graduation, and access to higher education that won’t send them spiraling into debt.
Reynolds will fight to create better paying jobs by investing in strong jobs skills training programs to ensure we have a well-educated workforce. He also knows it is time to stop putting corporate profits above safety and what is best for our community. Mt. Hood and the Columbia Gorge are two of Oregon’s most treasured landmarks and we need a legislator who will fight for them. Reynolds will work to make sure the out-of-state corporations pay their fair share and are not put ahead of our local businesses, communities, or our environment. Reynolds will work to level the playing field for small businesses and middle class families, by ensuring out-of-state corporations pay their fair share, so we can fully fund our schools and other critical services we depend on.
House District 52
House District 54 - Bend
From 2007 to 2009, Gena Goodman-Campbell led a successful campaign to help protect the Badlands Wilderness, which culminated with the passage through U.S. Congress of the Oregon Badlands Wilderness Act. She helped bring together a diverse coalition of supporters, ranging from the faith community to over 200 local business owners, including several of Central Oregon’s top employers. Today Goodman-Campbell is the Central Oregon Wilderness Coordinator for the Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA).
“I’ve spent my career moving our community forward by combining a strong vision for the future with the solutions to make it happen,” said Goodman-Campbell, candidate for House District 54. “I’m running for the State Legislature to get Salem’s priorities straight by focusing on what matters – funding our schools, creating good paying jobs by helping local businesses, and leveling the playing field by making the incomes of ordinary Oregonians our top priority.”
Goodman-Campbell’s mother was an elementary school teacher and her father was a city planner. At a young age, they instilled in Gena the value of service to the community that she has always followed. A third generation Oregonian, Goodman-Campbell is a graduate of Colorado College.
“Right now, the incomes of working Oregonians are flat-lining, while the incomes of the richest one percent continue to rise,” said Goodman-Campbell. “Every Oregonian deserves a fair shot at getting ahead, affordable housing in the community where they work, and access to clean air and water. As a State Representative, I will work to make sure that progress on these issues is felt by all Oregonians, not just a few.
House District 54
Greenlight - Lake Oswego Mayor
Jon Gustafson is a Lake Oswego City Councilor and candidate for Mayor. Jon owns a local remodeling company and is a licensed real estate broker. He previously served as chair of the Lake Oswego Planning Commission and is a member of the Lake Oswego Arts Council, the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce, and he volunteers in the community. He and his husband Michael live in the Old Town neighborhood of Lake Oswego with their daughter, who attends the local elementary school. Councilor Gustafson holds a degree in Architecture from Portland State University.
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Greenlight - Eugene Mayor
Lucy Vinis has worked on behalf of the Eugene community for 25 years. She most recently served as the Development Director at ShelterCare, a local nonprofit which houses and supports at-risk Oregonians. Lucy previously worked for several environmental non-profits including EarthShare Oregon and the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides. She is running for mayor to build new partnerships to support local businesses, workers, and families, and to create more affordable housing to ensure everyone who wants to contribute to our city can afford to live here.
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Endorsed - Multnomah County Commission District 1
Eric Zimmerman has dedicated his life to public service, serving with distinction in our armed forces and currently as a senior leader at Multnomah County. Now Eric is running for County Commission to ensure children, families, seniors, and our returning veterans receive the support they deserve.
Eric grew up in the Portland metro area. His dad was an attorney and his mom a public school teacher at Portland Public Schools. Even at an early age, Eric was committed to giving back. He served as the student representative of the North Clackamas School Board, helping bring more diploma options for students who struggled with traditional learning systems. When he started at the University of Portland, he joined the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps and after graduation entered the U.S. Army and Oregon Army National Guard as a Second Lieutenant. In 2009, Eric was deployed to Iraq serving as a platoon leader with distinction, earning the Bronze Star Medal and the Combat Action Badge.
After serving overseas, Eric returned to work at Multnomah County. He soon joined a group of dedicated employees at the County, working to expand job opportunities for returning veterans. Through this endeavor, he began working for County Commissioner Diane McKeel, rising to become her Chief of Staff. Their office has been an active leader in the County’s work on economic development, anti-human trafficking, veterans housing, and improving services for those experiencing mental health crisis.
Eric continues to serve in the Oregon Army National Guard, holding the rank of captain and overseeing an Oregon-based unit of the Guard. In this capacity, he led the effort to make his unit a national leader in preparing for the lifting of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, as well as the restriction on women serving in combat units. In September 2015, Eric deployed to Northeast Oregon to fight the wildfires ravaging our state.
Eric holds a BS and MBA from the University of Portland. He has been civically active in the community, serving on the Board of Governors for the City Club of Portland. In his free time he enjoys camping and exploring the Oregon wilderness. He lives in Southwest Portland with his dog.
Endorsed - Multnomah County Commission District 1
Greenlight - Multnomah County Commissioner District 1
Sharon is an emergency physician at Kaiser Permanente, a public and community health advocate, a former lawyer and a mother. Sharon is also Medical Director of the Oregon Foundation for Reproductive Health.
Why Sharon is Running
“I am running for Multnomah County Commission because of the inequities I see every day in the ER, including a lack of access not only to healthcare, but to the fundamentals that allow for individuals and families to be safe and healthy: housing, living wages and a healthy environment. These are the issues I care about and to which I've dedicated my life's work as an emergency physician, lawyer and community advocate.” – Dr. Sharon Meieran
As a champion for safe and healthy families, Sharon will fight for:
- Access to reproductive healthcare and justice for all women – to decrease unintended pregnancies and stop the cycle of intergenerational poverty.
- Coordinated mental health and addictions services – to stop the revolving door between our jails, our health systems and the streets.
- Meaningful health care – so everyone has access to culturally appropriate treatment in the right place at the right time.
- Communities where all people have the fundamentals to live safe and healthy lives – a roof over their head and access to healthy food, clean water and fresh air.
Sharon has received the sole NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon endorsement in this race and a green light approval from Basic Rights Oregon Equality PAC.
Sharon has also been endorsed by:
- Congressman Earl Blumenauer
- Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury
- State Senator Diane Rosenbaum, District 21
- State Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, District 17
- State Representative Mitch Greenlick, District 33
- State Representative Barbara Smith Warner, District 45
- Multnomah County Commissioner Judy Shiprack, District 3
- Metro Councilor Shirley Craddick, District 1
- City Commissioner Amanda Fritz
- City Commissioner Steve Novick
- Beverly Stein, Former Chair of the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners and State Representative
Sharon serves on the following appointed/elected boards and commissions:
- The Oregon Medical Association (currently serving as Vice President);
- The Community Oversight Advisory Board (COAB) overseeing implementation of the Department of Justice Settlement Agreement with the City of Portland and Portland Police Bureau regarding Use of Force against individuals with actual or perceived mental health crises;
- The Mental Health Crisis Response Subcommittee of the COAB (which Sharon Co-Chairs with Dr. Alisha Moreland-Capuia);
- The Unity Behavioral Health Center Advisory Board;
- The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Advisory Commission;
- The Emergency Department Information Exchange (EDIE) Governance Committee and the EDIE Operations Committee (which she Co-Chairs with Dr. Amit Shah).
- Oregon Medical Association’s 2015 “Doctor Citizen of the Year”
- Oregon College of Emergency Physicians’ 2015 “Member of the Year”
- Kaiser Permanente's David Lawrence Community Service Award
Greenlight - Multnomah County Commissioner District 1
Jessica Vega Pederson
Greenlight - Multnomah County Commission District 3
Jessica Vega Pederson is a mother, a technology professional, a progressive Democrat, a proud resident of East Portland, and the first Latina elected to the Oregon House of Representatives. She was first elected to represent House District 47 in 2012.
As Chair of the House Energy and Environment Committee, Jessica carried to passage both the Oregon’s Clean Fuels and the Clean Energy and Coal Transition laws to reduce pollution and create good-paying jobs in Oregon. As Majority Whip, she helped lead the fight for universal paid sick time, a higher minimum wage, stronger equal pay laws, and stable funding for Oregon’s schools.
Jessica is a proven progressive champion who believes everyone in our region deserves a fair shot. She is committed to making Multnomah County an even better place to live, work, and raise a family.
Before being elected to the State House, Jessica worked in the tech sector, helping start-ups, small businesses, and Fortune 500 companies to grow their business.
Jessica Vega Pederson
Greenlight - Multnomah County Commission District 3
Greenlight - Multnomah County Commission District 4
Lori Stegmann grew up in the Rockwood neighborhood in west Gresham after being adopted as an infant from an orphanage in Korea. She has been a small business owner and insurance agent for more than 20 years, specializing in commercial insurance. She chose to live and locate her Farmers Insurance agency in the same neighborhood she grew up in.
Lori's interest in public service stems from a desire to help make sure everyone has the same opportunities in life that she has had, such as a family, quality public education, affordable housing, and a shot at a good paying job.
Before being elected to the Gresham City Council in 2010, Lori served on the Gresham Planning Commission, Rockwood Stakeholders Group and Rockwood Light Rail Station Art Committee, as well as Vice Chair of the Gresham Redevelopment Commission Advisory Committee. She has also served as a board member of the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce. She is now serving her second term on the Gresham City Council. In 2014 Ms. Stegmann served as the City Council president.
Her duties as Gresham City Councilor have included committee assignments on the Public Safety Committee, Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce, Gresham Sister City Association, Youth Advisory Committee and the Council Employee Performance Subcommittee.
Lori co-founded the Rockwood Business Coalition, and has served as its Vice-Chair. She has also chaired a number of Plaza del Sol Community events in Rockwood. Her extensive community service involvement also includes positions with Soroptimist International of Gresham, as both District 2 Secretary, and President. She has also been a Golden Note Award recipient for her volunteer activities.
Lori currently serves on the board of the Oregon League of Minority Voters (OLMV), and is also a member of Metro's Powell Division Steering Committee and the Multnomah County Citizen Budget Advisory Committee.
Lori put herself through college, graduating from Mt. Hood Community College with an associate degree. She obtained her bachelor's degree in business from Portland State University.
Greenlight - Multnomah County Commission District 4
Greenlight - Multnomah County Commission District 4
Amanda Schroeder is an Army veteran, wife, mother, veterans service representative, labor activist, and cancer survivor. Throughout her life, she’s never shied away from a tough fight and that’s the approach she’ll bring to the Multnomah County Commission.
A native Oregonian, Amanda knows first hand the importance of a quality public education. She attended high school in the region, as well as Mount Hood Community College and Oregon State University. And as County Commissioner, Amanda will be a champion for education funding and support for our schools.
After graduating from Oregon State, Amanda joined the Army and served as language expert. During that time, Amanda had the opportunity to work with people from all walks of life – helping her see the value that different perspectives can bring to the table and the strength that diversity can provide. While serving, she met her husband, Matt. They married and had their first child, their daughter Emmanuelle.
After she finished her commitment to the Army, she returned to Oregon with their young daughter while Matt deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Balancing the commitments of being a new mom while also obtaining a Masters’ degree at Portland State University and teaching at Portland Community College in the Continuing Education Program, Amanda experienced first hand the challenges working parents face in our community.
Her husband joined her in Oregon after returning from his deployment overseas and Amanda took a job at the Veterans Administration helping returning vets get the benefits and care they need. Concerned about the working conditions of her fellow employees, she became active in her union – rising to become President of the American Federation of Government Employees, Local 2157. Through her leadership in the union, she’s championed ensuring equality for women in the workplace and fair working conditions for all employees at the VA.
In her toughest fight yet, Amanda was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013. She took the challenge head on, going through 20 rounds of chemotherapy, multiple surgeries and 33 radiation treatments. She is now cancer free and during her recovery has focused on helping others struggling to beat this deadly disease.
Amanda will bring that same fight to work for Multnomah County, creating the right conditions to attract new businesses, add family-wage jobs, and build opportunities across East County.
Amanda lives in Southeast Portland with her husband Matt, who serves as a Portland Police Officer; and their daughter Emmanuelle, their son Kenny; their great dane Stella, and rescue kitty, Bagheera.
Greenlight - Multnomah County Commission District 4
Greenlight - Portland City Commission pos. 1
Amanda Fritz has served on the Portland City Council since 2009. She focuses on providing basic services and engaging Portlanders in deciding how to spend taxpayers' money wisely. She led the Council in passing Paid Sick Leave, the Fix Our Parks bond measure, prioritizing City spending on infrastructure maintenance, opposing oil and coal trains, and protecting West Hayden Island. She is the only candidate ever elected from the community using Public Campaign Financing. A retired Registered Nurse whose three children graduated from Portland's public schools, Amanda is a champion for disadvantaged Portlanders, including people experiencing houselessness and people experiencing mental illnesses.
Greenlight - Portland City Commission pos. 1
Greenlight - Portland City Commission pos. 4
Chloe Eudaly was born and raised in the Portland Metro area and has called Portland proper her home since 1988. Her introduction to political activism came during the first Gulf War, following which she became active in a variety of civil rights, social justice, and environmental causes. After working for a series of small businesses, in 1994 she opened her mission driven bookshop, Reading Frenzy, which is dedicated to independent, small press, and self-published titles with a focus on underrepresented voices, progressive politics, and alternative culture. Through Reading Frenzy, she co-founded the Independent Publishing Resource Center, launched a small press, has organized nearly 500 free literary and art events, and has shared her extensive knowledge of self-publishing and creative entrepreneurship with hundreds of people through lectures, panels, articles, and workshops.
In 2001, Chloe’s life took an unexpected turn when her infant son was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. After a couple years of navigating the medical and service systems she had the good fortune of being accepted into Partners in Policymaking -- an intensive year-long disability advocacy training program -- which launched her on a path that she still walks today. In the ensuing years she has done both paid and volunteer work for local nonprofit organizations, has advocated and fundraised for increasing accessibility at Portland Parks & Recreation, given talks and workshops on a variety of subjects from inclusive child care to the lack of accessibility in Portland Public Schools, and co-founded the Special Education PTA of Portland, a district-wide PTA dedicated to engaging, educating, and empowering families.
In 2014 Chloe's attention turned to renters' rights and affordable housing when she found herself among Portland's growing ranks of cost-burdened renters. In February of 2015 she established an online group focussed on housing affordability, renters' rights, gentrification, and displacement called "The Shed" which has since grown to more than 2000 members and has become a hub for information, resources, and support. Through this group she began having near daily interactions with people who were in crisis and struggling to keep a roof over their heads. This experience is what ultimately spurred her to run for Portland City Council.
Chloe's son Henry is now in high school, uses a high tech communication device that he controls with eye gaze, is studying photography, and enjoys being a TA in his school library. These days she works mostly behind the scenes at Reading Frenzy but still enjoys hosting events, curating shows for the gallery (now temporary campaign headquarters!), the thrill of discovering new authors and artists, and connecting adventurous readers with compelling work. In her spare time she enjoys working through her endless reading list, listening to public radio, watching British crime series, crossword puzzles, thrifting, hiking in Forest Park, rabble rousing, and singing karaoke.
Greenlight - Portland City Commission pos. 4
Greenlight - Portland City Commission pos. 4
Steve Novick is a progressive champion with a long history of taking on tough challenges. He grew up in the small Oregon town of Cottage Grove and graduated from the University of Oregon and later, Harvard Law School. Steve spent nine years as an environmental law enforcement attorney at the U.S. Justice Department, recovering $129 million for taxpayers in the Love Canal toxic waste case, and securing judgments against violators of the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts.
Steve returned home to Oregon in 1996 and worked as Policy Director for Governor Ted Kulongoski’s successful 2002 campaign. He went on to serve as Communications Director for Citizens for Oregon’s Future, a nonprofit dedicated to providing reliable information to the public on tax and budget issues. He also served as legislative liaison for Superintendent of Public Instruction Susan Castillo.
As a policy analyst and spokesperson for numerous ballot measure campaigns, Steve worked against right-wing measures that threatened education, healthcare, public safety, and vital services for seniors. He also waged a lengthy campaign to push the Oregon Lottery to increase their investment in schools by reducing excessive payments to video lottery retailers.
This progressive work helped shape Steve’s path to public office and the people of Portland elected him to City Council in 2012.
Steve brought his innovative problem solving skills to improving government services and finding better ways to meet the public’s needs. He implemented the program to convert City street lights to LED, cutting energy consumption and the City’s electric bills. This translates into millions of dollars in savings for the City, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions to protect our local environment and public health for Portlanders.
Socially responsible investments, expanding family and medical leave, protecting our environment, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, preparing for the earthquake, and protecting civil liberties have been among the hallmarks of Steve Novick’s progressive leadership on the City Council.
Greenlight - Portland City Commission pos. 4
Greenlight - Clackamas County Commissioner District #4
United States Marine Corps
OCCUPATION: Retired Probation Officer
B.A. Criminal Justice Administration
A.A. Aircraft Electrician
A.A. General Education
1. Member – Clackamas River Water District (Former president and secretary)
2. Executive Board – Regional Water Supply Consortium
3. Board Member – Regional Water Supply Commission (Former president)
4. Clackamas County Economic Development Commission
1. State Economic Development Commission
2. County Economic Development Commission
3. City Council member
4. City mayor
5. Museum Society vice president
6. School district board member and president
7. Volunteer fire fighter / Chief fund raiser – 20 years
8. Community planning group – 15 years and president
Prior member of Kiwanis, Masons, Eagles, Lions, Rotary
Current member Rotary Oregon City
Current member American Legion Post 180
California Real Estate License
California Teaching Credential
Greenlight - Clackamas County Commissioner District #4
Greenlight - Lane County Commission, Pos. 3
Commissioner Sorenson was raised in Coos County Oregon before attending the University of Oregon to get his Bachelors Degree in Geography and JD from the University of Oregon School of Law. Pete has been the Lane County Commissioner representing the South Eugene District. Before his time as a Commissioner, Pete was a School Board Member for Lane Community College as well as a State Senator in the Oregon Legislature. During his time as a Lane County Commissioner, Pete has been a champion for working families, public education, and civil and environmental rights
Greenlight - Lane County Commission, Pos. 3
Greenlight - Eugene City Council Ward 1
A father of two children, a husband, and a neighbor, Joshua Skov wants Eugene to be the most livable and sustainable city possible. As a professional with expertise in sustainability and climate change, he brings important skills that relate to our present challenges. Joshua's professional life for the past 15 years has centered on one idea: that green business practices are a win for people, our environment, and the bottom line. He moved to Eugene in 2000 to co-found Good Company, a consulting firm focused entirely on sustainable business. The firm’s work has helped more than 75 companies and government agencies around the country make the business case for sustainability. After leaving the firm in 2013, Joshua has continued this work as both a private consultant and as faculty at the University of Oregon, where he teaches sustainable business topics. In his varied local community service, Joshua has focused on making more progress toward forward-looking policies on transportation, land use, housing, and more.
Greenlight - Eugene City Council Ward 1
Greenlight - Benton County Commission Chair
Annabelle Jaramillo was re-elected to a third four-year term as County Commissioner on November 4, 2008. Previously, Jaramillo served as Governor John Kitzhaber's Citizens' Representative from 1995 - 2000.
Her office responded to citizen concerns and she was part of the Governor's senior staff. She has also served as Executive Director of the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs, worked as a research botanist for the Forest Service, director of Computer Education for Harakai Systems, Inc., and development officer for the Center Against Rape & Domestic Violence.
Jaramillo's leadership and commitment have brought her national recognition from government, private industry, and community groups. An advocate for human rights, Hispanic and other minorities nationwide, Jaramillo served as president of National Image, Inc., a national Hispanic civil rights organization. She served on the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs, Governor Atiyeh's Education Mission and as president of the Oregon Women's Political Caucus.
She currently serves on the Oregon Progress Board, the Oregon Sustainability Board, the Law Enforcement Contacts Policy and Data Review Committee, the Association of Oregon Counties Public Lands and Natural Resources Committee, the Council of Forest Trust Lands Counties and the Federal Forestlands Advisory Committee for the State Board of Forestry. Her community involvement includes the Mary's Peak Natural Resources Interpretive Center, United Way, the Prosperity that Fits Steering Committee for the Economic Vitality Partnership and Oregon Affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union.
Jaramillo is an avid advocate for the conservation of natural resources and wildlife. As the author of Benton County's sustainability policy, Jaramillo wants Benton County to lead in ensuring environmental protection while meeting social needs and maintaining economic prosperity.
Jaramillo has Bachelor's and Master's degrees of Science from Portland State University and has authored numerous scientific papers in refereed journals. She is a Senior Fellow with the American Leadership Forum.
Greenlight - Benton County Commission Chair
Equality PAC Board Co-Chair
Dani is board co-chair with CM Hall of Basic Rights Oregon’s Equality PAC, which they have been a member of since 2012. They are currently the Acting Executive Director of the Equity Foundation, a local LGBTQ community foundation. They started their career working as field staff for marriage equality campaigns, organizing in California, New Jersey, and Oregon to build strong volunteer bases to advocate for the freedom to marry. They also spent two and a half years at the Oregon Bus Project, where they directed a summer fellowship program for young leaders to launch their careers in public service. They live in North Portland with their wife, Rachel, and dog, Asher. (Pronouns: They/Their)
Equality PAC Board Co-Chair
Amanda has served on the Equality PAC board since March 2014. A Minnesota native who attended Carleton College, Amanda moved out to Oregon to work on the 2008 campaigns. Amanda is proud to have campaigned against a discriminatory constitutional amendment in Minnesota to define marriage as between a man and woman, and on Oregon's Freedom to Marry campaign. She brings a passion for LGBTQ equality and years of experience working in the Oregon Legislative Assembly. She currently works at NW Public Affairs and is an MBA candidate at Portland State University, focused on corporate social responsibility. Amanda and her partner, Jenny, live in the Vernon neighborhood of Northeast Portland and enjoy cycling, walking to the Humane Society and talking about getting a dog. (Pronouns: She/Her)
Carlee Joined the Equality PAC Board in April of 2015 after nearly 3 years of volunteer leadership within the organization starting with the Equality PAC where they helped with fundraising events and as the Equality PAC Volunteer Coordinator. Carlee also worked as the Trans Justice Policy Fellow at Basic Rights Oregon focusing on prison and jail work and continues that work by co-facilitating a group whose mission is to provide space for trans and gender non-conforming folks to safely discuss their experiences within the prison system in Oregon and beyond. Carlee, a Portland native, spends most of their time wondering the city and enjoying the vibrant queer culture and cuddling with their overstuffed cat Mr. Pickles. (Pronouns: They/Them or Carlee)
Evangelina Sundgrenz lives in Eugene, OR and is a multilingual marketing and communications professional, managing message development on behalf of businesses and organizations across the Pacific Northwest. Additionally, she has managed programs in education, arts, and advocated to expand childcare subsidy programs in California. Evangelina is a passionate advocate for equity, public education, and social change. She also serves on the Eugene 4J School District budget committee. (Pronouns: She/her)
Raised in Oregon, Luca has spent the past 10 years advocating for trans and queer justice in his home state. He joined the Equality PAC board in March 2015, eager to engage with LGBTQ and allied candidates on the issues impacting our communities. Luca has interned and volunteered with organizations such as the Oregon Student Association, SMYRC, and Q Center. He is thrilled to be involved with Basic Rights Oregon again, having spent the summer of 2011 fighting for marriage equality with BRO as a Pride Foundation Fellow. Outside of his work in the LGBTQ community, Luca is a cybercrime investigator and Portuguese analyst for a Portland-based Internet monitoring firm. (Pronouns: He/Him)
Maggie's interest and involvement in Oregon politics began when she worked for Our Oregon on progressive ballot measure advocacy from 2008-2010. She has worked in the realm of health care transformation since 2010 and has been a project manager at the Center for Outcomes Research and Education, focusing on research related to the social determinants of health, for the past two years. When she's not working or obsessively checking local and national news websites, she is usually out with her wife walking their two pups around the Overlook neighborhood of North Portland. (Pronouns: She/Her)
A double duck, Zach got his BS in Political Science from Oregon State University in 2007 and his JD from the OSU School of Law in 2012. After receiving his JD, Zach clerked for Lane County Circuit Court Judge Charles Carlson from 2012-2013. Since then, he has served as the Deputy Finance Director for Future PAC, the campaign arm of the Oregon House Democratic Caucus; Special Assistant to Portland Mayor Charlie Hales; and he currently serves as Sustainability Policy Adviser to Mayor Charlie Hales. An avid runner, Zach has completed 5 marathons, including the 2013 Boston Marathon. He is engaged to his partner, Lyndy. (Pronouns: He/Him)
The Basic Rights Oregon Equality PAC (Political Action Committee), seeks to end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in Oregon by electing fair-minded candidates to all levels of office.
Basic Rights Oregon’s Equality PAC is a non-partisan political action committee (PAC) dedicated to electing pro-equality elected officials. We focus on statewide and legislative offices, where we are proud to re-endorse incumbents who have a 100% pro-equality voting record. For first-time candidates in these races, our all-volunteer PAC board members interview candidates and issue endorsements in select races.
While we do not have the resources to conduct a statewide local race program in all local races (city and county) across Oregon, we do issue “green lights” to qualifying candidates in many Portland metro-area and other local races.
Your contribution to the Basic Rights Equality PAC goes directly to electing fair-minded candidates who support equality. The Basic Rights Equality PAC has a proven track record of making a significant difference in statewide and legislative races.
Your donation to the Equality PAC is eligible for the Oregon Political Tax Credit of up to $50 per person or $100 per couple filing jointly. Your donation will be credited directly to your state taxes this year – thereby reducing your taxes or increasing your refund by the same amount you contribute.