Welcome to Basic Rights Oregon’s Vote Equality Guide to pro-equality candidates. These are our endorsements and greenlights for the 2018 elections. Electing pro-equality candidates to public office across the state is now more important than ever.
With Donald Trump and his conservative cabinet attempting to repeal LGBTQ victories at the federal level, we are doing everything we can to preserve our victories here at home.
The Trump administration will not keep LGBTQ young people safe in our schools. It will not ensure transgender people have access to accurate identity documents or critical health care services. It will not make our military, our criminal justice system, or our immigration system just and equitable. It will not ensure that LGBTQ Oregonians can live their lives free from the sting of discrimination.
Our mission is simple: we are seeking not only legal equality, but lived equality. That means we elect people to office who support justice and pass laws promoting it, and ensure that those laws are carried out so that LGBTQ Oregonians experience equality in our everyday lives.
Kate Brown 🏳️🌈
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.
Kate Brown 🏳️🌈
Val Hoyle and her husband Stephen moved to Oregon in 1999 with their two children based upon the quality of life and the reputation of the school system. A proud democrat, Val learned the value of public service from the example set by her parents. She was taught that you should strive to leave things a little better than you found them, work hard for every opportunity, and hold the ladder to give the next person the opportunity to climb. That’s why she got to work volunteering for the PTO, working on local elections, and as the Chair of the Democratic Party of Lane County
While in office, Val’s hard work and leadership on key issues was recognized by her peers and she was chosen by her caucus to serve as the House Majority Leader in 2012, 2013, and 2014.
As a 3-term House Majority Leader, Val proved herself to be a respected leader who brings people together to get things done for Oregon’s working and middle class families. She led her colleagues to secure investments in our public schools, passed paid sick leave so no one has to fear losing their job because they get sick or need to care for a sick child and fought to protect women’s reproductive rights, including making it possible for women to get birth control over the counter.
In addition to her public service in the State House, Val has more than 25 years of private sector business experience, she served as chairperson of the Board of the Federal District Export Council of Oregon, and she is a member of the Outdoor Industry Women’s Coalition.
Senate District 4 - South Lane & North Douglas Counties
Senator Floyd Prozanski was first elected to the Oregon Legislature in 1994. He served in the House of Representatives between 1995 and 2003, and he moved to the State Senate in 2004. Senator Prozanski earned a law degree from the South Texas College of Law. When the legislature is not in session, Sen. Prozanski works as a municipal prosecutor and serves on various boards and commissions. He strongly supported landmark non-discrimination and anti-bullying legislation that is now Oregon Law.
Senate District 4
South Lane & North Douglas Counties
Senate District 6 - Springfield
After military service, Senator Lee Beyer attended Lane Community College and the University of Oregon where he graduated with a degree in management. In the mid-1970's, he accepted a position as a management analyst with the Oregon Executive Department, and in 2001, Governor Kitzhaber asked Senator Beyer to join the Oregon Public Utility Commission. During his almost nine years on the Commission, Lee developed a reputation as a tough but fair regulator. He served in the House in the 1990s and was elected to the Senate in 2010.
Senate District 6
James I. Manning Jr.
Senate District 7 - North Eugene, West Eugene, Santa Clara, and Junction City
As your Senator, during my first term in the Oregon State Senate, I worked with my Senate colleagues on criminal justice reform, funding for education at all levels, including career technical education programs, health care for all Oregonians, renters’ rights and protections, environmental justice, climate change, and new policies that will protect low wage workers. I was chief sponsor or co-sponsor of legislation that will protect and improve the lives of Oregonians. Closer to home, my actions and the support of my colleagues will bring millions of dollars to fund jobs in Lane County.
It was my privilege, as your Senator, to cast my vote for the largest transportation infrastructure package in the history of the State of Oregon. That package will bring Lane County and the cities of Eugene and Junction City an additional $102.5 million for roads improvement over the next seven years. That additional money will support improvements to Territorial Highway, bicycle infrastructure, safe school routes, and public transportation.
This year, the Oregon State Senate approved a robust package of capital construction and lottery backed bonds for significant projects in Lane County and across the state. Through this bonding, Elliott State Forest will remain in public hands and $100 million in bonding will satisfy the obligation to the Common School Fund. The Common School Fund distributes money to Oregon K-12 schools each year. Other projects which will improve life in Lane County include: $50 million to the University of Oregon for its new Knight Science Campus project; $8.3 million to Lane Transit District as part of the plan to seek federal funding for additional EmX lines; $8 million to Lane Community College for a new health care facility; $6 million to the Eugene Civic Alliance to move forward with KIDSPORTS to rebuild Civic Stadium; $5 million to Lane County to help purchase land for the new courthouse; and $750,000 to the Eugene Ballet Company to relocate to an improved facility.
These bond-funded capital construction projects will generate more than 1000 good-paying, local construction jobs.
While in Salem, I worked hard to keep the Junction City Hospital open and I am happy to report that the Junction City Hospital will not close. As your Senator, I remain committed to wise investments of public funds in mental health and substance abuse treatment programs for nonviolent offenders to reduce our prison population.
For further information about the 2017 Legislative Session, please visit my legislative page https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/manning.
Thank you for your attention and support and for the opportunity to serve you.
James I. Manning Jr.
Senate District 7
North Eugene, West Eugene, Santa Clara, and Junction City
Senate District 8 - Albany & Corvallis
As a parent, educator, minister and community organizer, Representative Sara Gelser is very much aware of the challenges gay and transgender Oregonians face. Rep. Gelser has served House District 16 since 2005 and was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve on the National Council on Disability in 2010. Fighting for individuals with disabilities is one of her top priorities. A long-time ally of Basic Rights Oregon and advocate for women, Rep. Gelser has proven her support of LGBT Oregonians and will put that experience to work in the State Senate. She strongly supported landmark non-discrimination legislation and was a champion on anti-bullying legislation, both of which are now Oregon Law.
Senate District 8
Albany & Corvallis
Senate District 10 - Albany & Corvallis
Deb Patterson has more than twenty years of experience in health advocacy and education, serving as the Executive Director of the International Parish Nurse Resource Center - now the Westberg Institute. Through the IPNRC she worked with more than 15,000 RNs in 23 countries, helping people gain access to needed healthcare in partnership with hospitals, medical schools, nursing schools, and faith communities.
She was the founding Vice President of the Deaconess Foundation, a children’s health philanthropy, where she researched and funded programs to improve children’s health, including early childhood interventions, school-based programs, and services to children in the foster care system.
She was on the executive management team of the Deaconess Incarnate Word Health System in St. Louis, where she served as Minister of Religion and Health, overseeing mission integrity, ethics, and community benefit programs in three hospitals and seventy-five clinics.
Deb will be a champion for the LGBTQ community in the Oregon legislature.
Senate District 10
Albany & Corvallis
Senate District 15 - Hillsboro & Forest Grove
Senator Chuck Riley has served Senate District 15 since 2014, and formerly served House District 29 until 2011. He currently serves as Chair of the Senate General Government and Accountability Committee, Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Information Management and Technology and sits on the Senate Committees on Business & Transportation and Finance & Revenue.A former code breaker for the US Air Force, Riley brings a long career of problem solving to Salem as State Senator. He strongly supported landmark health care, non-discrimination and anti-bullying legislation that is now Oregon Law.
Senate District 15
Hillsboro & Forest Grove
Senate District 17 - Northwest Portland & Beaverton
Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward has served Senate District 17 since being appointed to the position in 2011, and then won the election in 2012. As a family physician at OHSU, improving Oregon’s health care system has been a major goal of the Senator’s time in Legislature. Prior to her service as a State Senator, she worked as an advocate for women’s health through the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians. Sen. Steiner Hayward has been a proponent of driver card legislation as well during her terms in legislature.
Senate District 17
Northwest Portland & Beaverton
Senate District 19 - Tualatin
For State Senator Rob Wagner, it's always been about education and investing in the future of Oregon. Growing up in a family of teachers, Rob knows that education is how we build a progressive future.
Rob grew up in our community and graduated from our local public schools. He is proud to represent the communities of Lake Oswego, West Linn, Tualatin, Southwest Portland, Rivergrove, Durham, and the Stafford Hamlet. Senator Wagner serves on the Senate Committee on Judiciary, reviewing civil and criminal law. He also serves on the Senate Human Services Committee – focusing on protecting our seniors, our kids, and the most vulnerable in our communities.
Rob's never been afraid to step up and get to work – helping lead campaigns on tax fairness, social justice, and environmental protection, and helping our low-income students stay in school and move into good careers.
Rob graduated from Portland State University and earned a Master's Degree in Public Policy from George Washington University. His introduction to the Oregon Legislature came early, serving as the legislative aide in the Oregon House of Representatives in the late 1990s.
Professionally, Rob served in a leadership position with Portland Community College, overseeing community outreach and the PCC Foundation. He spent a decade working for Oregon’s teachers, faculty, health care workers, and academic support workers at the American Federation of Teachers-Oregon. He was appointed by Governor Ted Kulongoski to serve on the state board for the Oregon Commission for Voluntary Action and Service, the agency that oversees the AmeriCorps program.
Today, Rob and his wife Laurie live in the Forest Highlands neighborhood, where they're raising their four kids just down the street from his parents. Zack and Mia are completing their first year at Lake Oswego High School, just about to get their learner’s permits. (Look out on the roads!) Carlo and Alex attend Lake Oswego Junior High School. Senator Wagner is a school volunteer, a community leader, and serves as an elected member of the Lake Oswego School Board.
Senate District 19
Senate District 20 - Canby
Charles Gallia is a fifth generation Oregonian whose connection to Clackamas County runs deep. He and his siblings were raised by a single mom, with help from their forest ranger grandfather. Together, these powerful role models gave them an appreciation of the outdoors, the value of a quality education, and a good sense of humor even when times are tough.
Born in St. Helens and raised in Clackamas County, Gallia attended local public schools. He went on to get a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Middle East Studies Specialist Certificate as well as a PhD in Public Administration and Policy, all at Portland State University.
Charles is a Senior Policy Advisor for Research and Evaluation at the Oregon Health Authority. He spends his time at work putting information into action by measuring health outcomes and ensuring Oregonians are receiving quality care. He specializes in issues of health care equity and adding the patient’s voice to care.
He is also very active in the local community. Charles is co-founder of the Oregon Pediatric Improvement Partnership, working with private and public health clinics. The group aids clinics to coordinate and share information to provide better patient care.
Charles currently serves on the Clackamas County Parks Advisory Board and Economic Development Commission.
Senate District 20
Senate District 24 - Portland
I grew up in eastern Oregon and East Portland. My dad raised my brothers and me as a single dad in Dufur and The Dalles, and my mom lived in East Portland. My family didn’t have a lot growing up, and what we did have sometimes came from her neighbors. Like so many families in our neighborhood today, keeping a roof over our heads wasn’t always easy. Years later, I realized that memories of spontaneous camping trips were really my dad trying to put a positive face on our family’s homelessness.
For so many politicians and lobbyists, Oregon’s housing crisis is just another problem to be solved and a series of empty statistics. For some in office, the value of public education is a talking point, an easy applause line.
I know firsthand the instability facing many of our neighbors. During most of my life, my mom struggled with drug addiction and did not have a permanent home. So I know that every person struggling to keep a home, or make a home, is somebody’s somebody. Somebody’s son; somebody’s aunt; somebody’s grandpa; or somebody’s mom.
Too many of our neighbors are, like my parents did, fighting so hard for the security of an ordinary life. Oregonians deserve a job that pays enough to provide for a family. We all deserve a home that we won’t be kicked out of for no good reason. Our kids deserve the kind of education that changes lives for the better.
Thanks to Oregon schools, my family had that opportunity. I went on to put myself through college and law school, and my brothers took good jobs in the trades.
On the David Douglas School Board, I was a proud champion for local public schools. As a State Representative, I stood up for the right priorities for our community. I delivered millions of dollars for sidewalks in East Portland and made sure that vulnerable communities had a voice in our state government. In 2016, I did not run for reelection to the Oregon House when my husband and I welcomed our second child. But I am again stepping up to fight for what’s right.
I am committed to removing the barriers that keep our neighbors from having the security that every single Oregonian deserves. As your State Senator, you can count on me to stand up and be a voice for the Oregonians who go unheard.
Senate District 24
Senate District 26 - Hood River
Chrissy Reitz is a former Neonatal Intensive Care nurse, a school board member, a mom and an active community volunteer. As a parent and school board member, Chrissy knows that education is the key to opportunity and she’s running for State Senate to make sure our public schools have the resources they need.
As a member of the Hood River School Board, Chrissy has championed policies to make sure school funding goes to the classroom so we can hire more teachers and expand access to career and technical education. An active community volunteer, Chrissy founded the Gorge Kids Triathlon, an annual event that partners with local businesses to bring more than 300 kids and their families to the Hood River Waterfront to swim, bike, and run to raise money for physical education classes in local public schools.
Chrissy earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Colorado in Boulder and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Kansas School of Nursing. She and her husband Max live in Hood River with their two school-age children, Joe and Jill.
Senate District 26
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
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 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 and Linn Counties
Hi, I’m Marty Wilde. I am running for State Representative to fight for Oregon’s progressive values. When I grew up in rural Lane County, we never had much money, but I always had food, shelter, safety, and access to a great public education. I had those things because Oregonians value and support them.
We all believe that children should live in strong, healthy families, free from hunger, homelessness, and pollution. Now, I see those values under attack. Some people say we can’t afford healthcare, education, and a clean environment. Those same people focus on our differences and try to force us into opposing camps. I know Oregonians are better than that. As your State Representative, I will commit to uniting us in support of those values we share. Please vote for me, Marty Wilde, in the November Election for House District 11.
House District 11
Central Lane and 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
Jerred Taylor 🏳️🌈
House District 15 - Albany
My name is Jerred Taylor, and I’m running for the Oregon House of Representatives here in the 15th District. I am a small-town Oregonian, raised in Drain [pop. ≈1000], and Oakridge [pop. ≈3500] where my two brothers and I were taught to hunt, fish, camp, ski, and appreciate Oregon’s natural beauty.
I come from a family of firefighters, law enforcement, and manufacturing workers – hard-working people who have put that work ethic toward service to their communities. This strong work ethic, valuing community service, and the responsibility to stand up for what you believe as well as respect the right of others to do the same – these are the values that guide me, more so than party affiliation.
The donkey in the room
Let’s make something clear – yes, I am a Democrat running in Linn County. But if you’re willing to hear me out, to see where I stand on the issues that affect us, I believe you will find that we agree more often than not.
I am a steadfast supporter of workers’ rights, livable wages, and strong safety nets for displaced workers, because people who work hard with dignity and respect deserve to be treated with the same.
I also support reviewing, changing, and removing regulations on both large and small business that lead to layoffs, closures, or relocations, because encouraging new and growing businesses is key to providing opportunity for people here to succeed.
These positions don’t have to be in conflict.
This is personal
In late 2017, the manufacturer who I was working for ceased operations, and nearly 100 of my peers and coworkers, including myself, lost our jobs. We were fortunate that both our employer and the state worked to ensure we had access to job training, unemployment benefits, severance, and more.
This isn’t always the case.
Lately, There have been a few examples of factories that have closed around the state with no notice to their employees, leaving highly specialized workers with few to no options. We need to work together to ensure every worker in our District has access to the kinds of support services that my coworkers and I did, not just those with our good fortune. We need to do more to both help our businesses, large and small, stay in Oregon and help our workers stay in the workforce.
Jerred Taylor 🏳️🌈
House District 15
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 19 - Salem
Mike Ellison is a father, husband, union electrician, engineer, political activist, and a 5th generation Oregonian. With roots in the Willamette Valley dating back to the late 1800s, Mike is proud of his Oregon heritage and feels deeply connected to his working-class upbringing. He was born and raised in Albany, graduated from West Albany High School, and spent much of his youth in the Dever-Conner and Jefferson area, where he worked picking strawberries, bucking hay, or moving irrigation pipe. Mike's mother grew up working the family dairy and riding horses in Ontario, Oregon and is a retired construction secretary in Salem. His father was raised in Jefferson before becoming a log-truck driver, long-haul truck driver, and a recently retired owner/operator in Albany. This blue-collar background is responsible for Mike's tireless work ethic and his belief that everyone deserves a living wage for a fair day's work.
Mike and his wife, Maggie, have three boys, an 8th grader, a 6th grader, and a preschooler. He is a proud member of IBEW Local 280 and has worked at the same locally-owned electrical contractor for 12 years as a journeyman electrician, project manager, and estimator. Maggie is a member of the UFCW Local 555 and an American Sign Language interpreter.
Mike spent a year working for the U.S. House of Representatives after being appointed as a page by Congressman Peter DeFazio. While there, he studied the legislative process and had the opportunity to learn from DeFazio and others, such as John Lewis, Bernie Sanders, Pat Schroeder, and Ron Wyden. Mike also had the unforgettable opportunity to meet Nelson Mandela, after watching him address a joint session of Congress.
While working full-time as an electrician, Mike enrolled in night and weekend classes to further his education. After completing an Associate's degree at Portland Community College, he went on to earn a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Oregon Institute of Technology, followed by a Master's degree in renewable energy engineering.
Mike currently serves as a Marion County Precinct Committee Person, is a member of the DPO Labor and Environmental Caucuses, and serves on the DPO Budget Committee.
As your representative, Mike will continually work to earn trust, empower people to reach their potential, encourage others to get involved, discuss issues with the people most affected, and inspire others to become new servant leaders.
House District 19
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 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
I know what it means to have student loans, trying to afford a roof over your head and the challenges of making ends meet. In the May 15 Democratic Primary, I’m running to be the next State Representative for House District 32 because I think it’s time that the North Coast’s hard-working families – from Astoria to Tillamook and Cannon Beach to Seaside – have a stronger voice in Salem. I’m fighting to keep the North Coast a great place to raise our families by focusing on the things they need to succeed:
Housing We Can Afford: We have an affordable housing crisis, and the legislature has to respond. I will push for more housing at all income levels and fight for an end to no-cause evictions and massive, unjustifiable rent hikes.
Access to Healthcare: Access means nothing without affordability - and we still have work to do. Healthcare should be a right; and no one should face bankruptcy from huge medical bills just because they got sick.
Stable Funding for Education: Strong public schools and affordable college is the foundation of opportunity and our economy. I will fight for stable funding for all levels of education, including better career and technical education.
Reproductive Health: All women need to have control of their own bodies. Period.
Clean Air and Water: I will protect our coast from offshore drilling, a threat to our environment, economy, and way of life.
Equal Pay for Equal Work: The fight for pay equity isn’t over. We need to ensure women aren’t being undervalued in the workplace.
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
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, King City, and Beaverton. She is continuing in a family tradition of public service.
Representative Doherty's father was in the US Coast Guard so she lived in California, Guam, Hawaii and Seattle before settling in Southwest Portland, where she graduated from Wilson High School. She 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. 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, Representative Doherty opened a home based floral design business in Tigard.
Representative 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.
House District 35
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 37 - Coos, Douglas, Lane & Lincoln County
For more than 20 years Rachel has worked as a nurse in communities across America. Oregon's reputation as a healthcare leader and its natural beauty drew her here.
She is running for State Representative because it is time for a change in the district. She will be a representative who is committed to building a healthy community, who understands that the community is stronger when we work together and take care of each other.
Currently, Rachel serves disabled and elderly homebound patients and specialize in palliative and hospice care. She has learned a lot about what’s important by spending hours in living rooms and bedsides, listening to their dreams and fears, sharing their faith, and giving them hope.
Rachel will be a champion for access to health care for everyone -- including our LGBTQ community.
House District 37
Coos, Douglas, Lane & Lincoln County
House District 38 - Lake Oswego
For more than 20 years, I have been working to protect and pass policies that help women and children, working people, seniors, and the environment. I am the only candidate who has a proven record of bringing state elected leaders together to move a progressive agenda forward, a record that includes increasing the state minimum wage and passing a bill to lower vehicle carbon emissions through a clean fuels standard.
I bring to this office my background as the daughter of a Mexican immigrant who taught me that hard work, education, and fair employment opportunities provide the best path out of poverty. And as a working mom to a seventh grader in the Lake Oswego School District, I understand the important role that a strong community plays in our children’s education.
I have learned a lot working side-by-side with our elected officials and community organizations to help provide all Oregonians with a fair shot. Much of that work has been to create opportunities for others to share their voices - voices that aren’t always heard. Those experiences are why I tell my daughter that sometimes there’s a time to follow - by helping to elevate the voices of others - and at other times, she will need to step up and lead.
I’m ready to step up and lead - and to do it by bringing people along, leaving the door open, reaching out to lift others up, and bringing more chairs to the table. This is the type of leadership we need at our state Capitol, and I am asking for your continued support as Oregon's State Representative for House District 38.
House District 38
Karin Power 🏳️🌈
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.
Karin Power 🏳️🌈
House District 41
Milwaukie & Sellwood
Rob Nosse 🏳️🌈
House District 42 - Inner Southeast Portland
Representative Rob Nosse is a lifetime advocate for LGBT rights as an activist and organizer in Oregon for over 20 years. Nosse has served as a board member of Basic Rights Oregon and is deeply committed to equality. He previously served as the labor representative for the Oregon Nurses Association and has been a longtime supporter of affordable college, universal health care and workers’ rights. Rep. Nosse has been appointed to fill the vacancy for House District 42 until the election results this November. He and husband Jim live with their two children in Southeast Portland.
Rob Nosse 🏳️🌈
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
At a time when it feels like politicians have lost touch with our priorities, our values, and simple common sense, we have a chance to elect a State Representative who understands our communities and our priorities.
Anna Williams is a social worker, teacher, community leader, and a mom who brings people together to make a real difference. Like so many of us, she and her family came to Oregon because there is no better place to live, work, and raise a family.
She is running for State Representative to protect our quality of life, preserve our spectacular natural heritage, and grow our local economy. Anna works as an academic adviser to social work students at Simmons College. Her social work in Hood River and surrounding communities has focused on services to vulnerable seniors, trauma survivors, and veterans. She has also taught middle and high school students in the Hood River, North Wasco, and Dufur School Districts, giving her real-world experience in what students and classrooms need.
Anna’s experience includes building sustainable tourism economies for communities like Hood River and Cascade Locks across Oregon. She also worked in non-profits which focus on safety for women and children, senior services, and health care, building effective partnerships with law enforcement, courts, schools, and public health so that every person in the Gorge can access the basic services they need to survive and thrive.
Anna has the values, experience, and community connection that’s missing in Salem.
House District 52
Multnomah County Chair
Deborah is a lifelong Oregonian. She grew up in east Portland and both her parents, Gretchen and Stephen, were teachers in Portland Public Schools who also served in public office.
Deborah’s values were formed early: During her childhood there were times her mother would open up their home to someone who was homeless or to a woman and her child who were escaping domestic violence. She learned that when someone is in trouble, it is our obligation to extend a hand to help.
After graduating from Grant High School, Deborah attended Whitman College, earning a Bachelor of Arts in English. Outside of her studies, she ran the women’s resource center on campus. When she returned to Portland, she became involved in the community, which included working for the Portland Public Schools bond campaign, representing North and Northeast Portland in the Oregon House and serving on the board of Transition Projects, a nonprofit whose mission is to connect homeless individuals to job and life skills so that they can become self-sufficient and stay housed.
After taking several years to focus her time on raising three children, Deborah decided to run for Multnomah County Commissioner. She took office in 2009 during one of the most crippling economic downturns in history. She is especially proud that while the county made progress on tough issues, the board of commissioners and staff worked together to put the county back on solid financial ground.
As commissioner, Deborah was the board representative on the Portland Children’s Levy Allocation Committee, which awards competitive grants to fund early childhood and parent education, after-school and mentoring programs and child abuse prevention efforts. She also served on the county’s Audit Committee and co-chaired the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee. She still serves as co-president of the PTA at her children’s public elementary school.
Deborah lives in southeast Portland with her husband Nik Blosser and their three children, Alexander, Jacob and Anna.
Multnomah County Chair
Portland City Commission, Position 2
Nick was elected to the Portland City Council in a special election in 2008, and re-elected to successive four-year terms in 2010 and 2014.
In 2014, the Portland Mercury called Nick “one of the most effective and values-minded city commissioners during his six years on the council.”
Nick leads the Bureau of Environmental Services and the Portland Water Bureau. He serves as Council liaison to Elders in Action, Age-Friendly Cities, the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC), Venture Portland – which supports small businesses in our community, the Portland Rose Festival Foundation, and the Governor’s Regional Solutions Advisory Committee. And he coordinates the City’s work to clean up the Willamette River.
Portland City Commission, Position 2
CM Hall 🏳️🌈
Newport City Council
CM Hall is a proud native Oregonian and gleefully makes her home in Newport. She has long been a community activist, committed to equity and social justice as well as the belief that we are stronger together than we will ever be apart.
CM believes that it is her work experience as well as her volunteer activities that have prepared her to run and serve the Newport City Council. Professionally, CM manages dual careers in both the field of interpreting grant administration and teaching. She is a nationally-certified sign language interpreter, having earned a Bachelor's in Interpreting from Western Oregon University and a Master's in Education with an emphasis in LGBTQ and Gender Studies from Oregon State University.
CM is the Co-Director for the DeafBlind Interpreting National Training and Resource Center interpreter training grant and teaches DeafBlind Culture, Communication & Guiding as well as LGBTQ sociology courses at Western Oregon University. Among her professional accomplishments, CM co-created DiscoverInterpreting.com, to encourage those considering a career in interpreting. She also created and runs an active Facebook group of the same name. CM regularly provides training and workshops on topics related to interpreting and for several years provided ongoing professional development for the sign language interpreters on Guam and Saipan.
CM has worked as a fundraiser and political strategist for nonprofit organizations and campaigns, and also leads social justice-themed and fundraising how-to workshops.
CM has been recognized for her advocacy work by Basic Rights Oregon, Pride Northwest, the Gay & Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest, Campus Pride, the Human Rights Campaign, the Oregon Association of the Deaf, the Oregon Deaf & Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee, the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, and Western Oregon University’s Stonewall Center. CM is proud of these honors as they represent projects and collaborations with many individuals over the years. In 2015, she was invited to present at a TEDx on the topic of linguistic access as a social justice issue. CM is actively involved with Central Coast NOW, Oregon Coast PFLAG, the Central Coast UU Fellowship and The Lemonade Project at the Newport Farmers Market.
In 2017, CM began a three-year term on the Newport Budget Committee and volunteered in the 2017 Newport 2040 Visioning outreach efforts. She is currently a member of the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Lincoln 2018 class and is one of the founding members of the Diversity Coalition of Lincoln County. She recently proposed a voucher for all Newport residents to visit the Newport Rec & Aquatic Center in an effort to encourage more memberships. This idea was well-received by the Parks Committee and implementation efforts are under way.
It is these experiences, along with CM's passion and vision, that have prepared her to serve as a member of the Newport City Council.
CM Hall 🏳️🌈
Newport City Council
Local Race Greenlights
Greenlight - Multnomah County Commission, District 2
Oregon became Susheela’s adopted home in 1994. It was a gorgeous, sunny July day, and with a six-month old on her hip and a three-year old wrapped around her leg, she and her family made a spontaneous decision to move to Multnomah County.
That decision eventually led Susheela to leave her career as an attorney so that she could live out her passion – building a community in which all people, all families and all children can thrive. And now, for nearly two decades, Susheela has worked to realize this vision for children and families in Multnomah County.
She has dedicated her time and energy to Planned Parenthood of the Columbia-Willamette, Portland Schools Foundation, All Hands Raised, Literary Arts, Metropolitan Family Service, and the Regional Arts & Culture Council. She has also been a grant evaluator for the Oregon Community Foundation and served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in foster care.
Greenlight - Multnomah County Commission, District 2
Greenlight - Multnomah County Auditor
I’m Jennifer McGuirk, and I want to be your next Multnomah County Auditor. In my current role as a Multnomah County staff auditor, and throughout my career, I have been dedicated to promoting government accountability and equity. I recognize the power of auditing to get at the root causes of the big issues facing our community. That’s why as County Auditor I will focus on auditing programs that directly impact people’s lives.
Because I am passionate about the value auditing can have for our community, I became a certified internal auditor and I’ve supported our local auditing professionals. For example, I am a past member of the Citizen Budget Advisory Committee for the City of Portland Auditor's Office. I also helped the City of Portland Auditor’s Office in its early work to develop a successful charter amendment giving that office greater independence from the bureaus it audits. I want audit work to be accessible and support positive changes to our government, and so I strive to create audit reports that are easy to read, view, or interact with. Recently, I coauthored a video-based audit report on Multnomah County Animal Services that won a 2016 Knighton Award; these awards from the Association of Local Government Auditors annually recognize outstanding performance audits. Currently, I serve on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee of the Association of Local Government Auditors.
I’m a graduate of Portland State University, where I earned a master’s degree in public administration (MPA), emphasizing local government administration and public involvement. I got my MPA to learn new ways of helping underserved groups bring their concerns to government and partner with government to create more inclusive communities. I spent my graduate practicum working on public involvement with the Cornelius Committee, an all-volunteer organization in Cornelius that focuses on making the community more accessible for families with children with disabilities. I also briefly served as the assistant to the director of the Public Involvement Best Practices Program in Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement. I left that role when I got the chance to join the Auditor’s Office. I recognized that as an auditor I could support accountability and equity in a broad way to improve government systems.
Earlier in my career, I wrote successful grants and supported organizational development at Lewis & Clark College, the University of Michigan, and Portland State University. My work gave me the opportunity to speak up for causes that included scholarships for historically underrepresented students, childhood literacy, public radio and television, and the environment. I learned the value of speaking up at the University of Oregon, where I was a student leader for women’s rights and safety. With other students, I helped hold Oregon’s legislators accountable for higher education’s rising costs. I believe speaking up is important to auditing as well. As County Auditor I will lead my team to dig deep, uncover root causes, and then clearly voice those findings to you through various communication channels.
I live with my husband, Brian, and our children, Hudson and Cassandra, in northeast Portland, where our children attend Portland Public Schools. I am a member of the Roseway Heights School PTA and the Portland chapter of the NAACP.
Greenlight - Multnomah County Auditor
Greenlight - Multnomah County Auditor
For 30 years, I’ve made a living as a watchdog, first as a financial auditor in the private sector, then as an in-depth newspaper reporter, and now as a state auditor in Salem.
Serving as Multnomah County auditor would allow me to keep holding government accountable and improving the community I’ve lived in for 22 years.
Multnomah County serves the largest county population in Oregon, and it manages crucial services, including:
- primary care, mental health, and dental clinics
- county jails
- elections and library services
- property tax collections
- an animal shelter
- services for people who are homeless, the disabled, people with addictions, teen-agers in juvenile detention, senior citizens, and low-income women and children.
I would focus auditing resources on crucial issues – including jail services, contract management, and racial disparities in the justice system.
I’m also asking the public about their priorities, and will champion them. So far, county residents want to be sure housing affordability and homelessness, mental health services, and senior care oversight are effective, efficient, and equitable.
Our duty as auditors is to identify what is and isn’t working in government and find potential solutions. Independent, in-depth audits have the power to improve government services – and the lives of the people who depend on them.
My devotion to that duty, and my lifetime of experience as a watchdog, is why I believe I can help the audit office deliver. That’s why I’m running.
Greenlight - Multnomah County Auditor
Greenlight - Washington County Chair
I’m Kathryn Harrington. Washington County has been my chosen home for almost 30 years. For the last 10 years I have served my community in local government, representing the northern and western parts of Washington County at Metro.
I know that our county is a great place to live and work. Before entering public service, I enjoyed a 22-year career in the high-tech industry. In Oregon, I led teams developing and marketing new software products, first at Central Point Software and then at Intel in Hillsboro, where I worked for 10 years.
I want to continue to serve the residents and businesses of Washington County by running for the at-large position of Chair of the Washington County Board of Commissioners, so that I can help our county remain great and become even better.
The election will be in May 2018, and before then I hope to have the opportunity to talk with you, to hear your thoughts on Washington County. What you want and what you think is important to this place we call home. I will listen.
Greenlight - Washington County Chair
Greenlight - Clackamas County Clerk
Pamlea has been a resident of Clackamas County for almost 30 years and spent nearly all of my 25+ year career devoted to non-profit organizations whose missions focused on improving lives and offering necessary social services. Her background includes organizational management and budgeting, fundraising and strategic communications; and highly effective employee supervision. Over the last eight years, she has served as the Development and Communications Director, first at Clackamas Women’s Services and currently for the Oregon Citizens’ Utility Board.
Because of her passion for the democratic process, it has been her hope to someday run for County Clerk. That time has come, and she want to bring my skills and experience to the Clerk’s office. Unlike her opponent, she will enthusiastically conduct marriage ceremonies for the LGBTQ community.
Greenlight - Clackamas County Clerk
Greenlight - Portland City Commission, Position 3
I grew up in Baltimore as one of ten children; my father was a longshoreman and my mother stayed at home with us. I was a pretty nerdy kid. By the time I graduated high school I had read pretty much anything that I wanted to read in our library. I always wanted to learn more and see more. So right out of high school, I joined the Navy, and I loved it. I was stationed in the Philippines, working in the personnel office, and then had the opportunity to be on board ship. In fact, I was one of the first women to go on board ships. I went to so many different places, from Hong Kong to Kenya and everywhere in between. That time really informed my opinion that most people are naturally good people. No matter where in the world I went I would find people who were very good, very helpful, especially to a young woman who thought she knew everything.
After the Navy, I spent a few years in the Bay Area but decided ultimately that I wanted to find somewhere else to settle down as my permanent home. I finally decided on Oregon because it had things I was looking for— the ability to be close to the water and mountains, and a place where I felt like I could really make a difference. I was fortunate that my first job in Oregon was with the Black United Fund. That gave me an opportunity to travel all over the state meeting with little nonprofits who were doing wonderful work. I found a can-do spirit. There were so many people that I worked with who didn’t necessarily have formal training but they saw an ill that was taking place or something that needed to be changed, and they were willing to come together and improve it. That job made me feel like it was a place where I could be with people who were committed to making it better, not just for their family but for everybody’s family.
Later I was able to work for Bev Stein, who was a County Commissioner in Multnomah County. Before Bev, I did not like politicians. I was so fortunate to work for an elected official like her because she was true and consistent to what she said she would do. No matter what part of town she was in or who she was talking to, she cared deeply about what they had to say. She is still the only person that I know who when they bring a group of people together, they’re intentionally of diverse backgrounds and experiences because she wants to hear from everyone. From her, I learned that elected officials didn’t have to know everything. They just had to listen to good people who were interested in making the city better for EVERYONE and use that to make public policy. Working for Bev was directly related to why I ran and served in the Oregon legislature and why I now want to be a member of the Portland City Council.
The day that I decided to run for City Council was a day that many will remember: it was the day that the police contract was renegotiated. I testified at the hearing but was very aware that outside of City Hall–we were surrounded by law enforcement from nearly every branch possible keeping the voices of so many Portlanders outside. I started thinking that the wrong people were in City Hall if the new normal was completely removing discourse other than what the council wanted to hear. I’ve been an advocate for years now and have felt so many times Iike I’m just banging my head against the doors of City Hall, hoping that somehow things will change. I’m running because I want every Portlander to feel like they can be heard at City Hall. We need to take into account voices from every walk of life. We need to find commonality. There’s an opportunity to not be divided by where one lives in the city, by economics, gender, race, sexual orientation or any other way that we can find division, but to be one Portland. That time is now.
Greenlight - Portland City Commission, Position 3
Greenlight - Portland City Commission, Position 3
Loretta brings more than two decades of experience in the federal government to her commissioner’s job, applying that knowledge to increasing federal resources for Multnomah County. After graduating from Oregon State University in 1987 with a communications degree, Loretta began working as a staff member for then-U.S. Rep. Ron Wyden. Loretta continued to work for now-Sen. Wyden as his Multnomah County field representative until her election to the county Board of Commissioners in 2010.
During her term on the county Board of Commissioners, Loretta has put her passion for helping young women and men into practice by leading the SummerWorks program and organizing an anti-bullying summit at Grant High School. Similarly for senior citizens, Loretta has spotlighted the need to fight elder abuse and neglect.
And she has worked to support local business by championing a microlending program to help local small businesses, hosting a White House roundtable for young entrepreneurs and co-sponsoring an ordinance establishing a Business Advisory Council to the Board of Commissioners
In addition to serving on the county Board of Commissioners, Loretta also is Chair of Metro’s Policy Advisory Committee for 2013.
Loretta’s commitment to community involvement long predates her elected position. Loretta has served as treasurer of the Oregon Assembly for Black Affairs, tutored students at Self Enhancement Inc., served on the PTA, and worked with the Community Builders program for urban young men. Loretta has also been active in helping the Oregon Food Bank, Head Start and the Boys & Girls Club.
Loretta and her son Jordan, who currently attends the University of Washington, live in Northeast Portland.
Greenlight - Portland City Commission, Position 3
Greenlight - Metro Council President
For two decades, Lynn Peterson has provided steady, confident and visionary leadership for the diverse communities of the Metro region.
A trained transportation engineer and land use expert, Lynn’s public service started as a Lake Oswego City Councilor, and later as the first elected Chair of the Clackamas County Commission. Her leadership creating great communities has led to senior roles in the administrations of two governors, and most recently Interim Executive Director of 1000 Friends of Oregon.
Lynn believes collaboration is the foundation of our region’s economic growth, vibrant neighborhoods and small towns, and integrated system of parks and transportation.
- Record of successfully reforming large agencies, focusing on reducing costs to serve more people.
- Record of preserving and attracting jobs and improving access to employment, helping Main Street and homegrown businesses with a focus on clean economy job growth, and making sure transportation investments benefit local contractors.
- Working collaboratively with cities and counties, Securing billions for regional transportation investments, securing affordable housing along light rail and transit lines.
- Provided leadership and quick resolution in emergency situations, including Sandy River flooding, the Oso mud slide in rural Washington, and collapse of the I-5 Skagit River Bridge
Greenlight - Metro Council President
Greenlight - Metro Council, District 2
I grew up in the restaurant business. As you might imagine, that meant I learned pretty much everything there is to know about running a restaurant, but there’s one thing I remember most of all: how the simple act of serving people a meal brings a little joy into their lives.
You’ve probably felt exactly the same thing making a meal for family or friends: to do something for someone else that makes their life just a little bit better, well, there’s no better feeling.
But even as a kid, I also remember thinking: why stop there? Shouldn’t all of life be about making things better for people? Wouldn’t that feel great if you could make a real difference in a lot of people’s lives?
So that’s what I set out to do. I went into the Coast Guard to serve my country. I got a degree in business administration so I’d be able to anchor big ideas in the real world and the bottom line. I started two more restaurants and made sure all of them exceeded the Clackamas County Leaders in Sustainability program guidelines. I offered health insurance to all my full time employees, even though (unfortunately) the law doesn’t require it. I ran for City Council, and brought residential composting to Lake Oswego but figured out how to do it without a fee hike for people who use less. I helped steer the city toward buying clean power and pushed for a City Climate Action Plan. And I fought against the sale the public open spaces that should everyone’s to enjoy, and pushed for new parks and natural areas.
But there’s still so much more to do. 30,000 people a year are moving to our region, and we’re just not ready:
- Our roads are straining under the increased traffic: we need improved roads and more ways to get where we need to go besides cars. There’s just not enough room, and the pollution is harming our way of life.
- It's hard to find truly affordable housing: we need to figure out how to create homes more people can afford, and in communities that are healthy and empowering. That'll take big picture thinking but a lot of attention to the details.
- Jobs with fair and decent wages. Period. And closer to where people can afford to live.
- Safe walkable and bikeable communities: simply put, kids, families and seniors should be able to get around safely. Walkable communities are communities where you know your neighbors, and those in turn are healthy communities.
- The natural environment is feeling the strain, too: our Oregonian birthright is fresh, clean air and water, and one of our defining principles is healthy nature close to everyone. They’re who we are. And it's not just about beautiful scenery: As Oregonians, we’re so a part of the natural world, if it’s not healthy, we can’t be, either.
Each of these issues is critical to the health of our region, and especially in the near term, affordable housing. But it’s not enough to treat one of them, we’ve got to tackle them all, because they’re all connected: If decent jobs are outside the community you can afford to live in, you’ve got to travel over gridlocked roads, leaving less time for family and more pollution in the air and water.
We don’t have unlimited resources to tackle these problems, so we’ve got to be smart and strategic.
- We need someone who’s sweated the details but can also see the big picture, how all these things connect and influence one another.
- We need someone who can treat the disease, not whack-a-mole individual symptoms
- We need someone with experience in both policy and planning, and real-world nuts and bolts. With experience in smart government and the business that drives our economy and creates decent, fair jobs.
- And we need someone guided by deep seated progressive values when they tackle all of this, someone who always remembers that policy is really just another word for improving people’s lives.
I think I have the skills, the breadth of experience, and the heart to be that person for you at Metro. Help me set the table for everyone in our region.
Greenlight - Metro Council, District 2
Christine Lewis 🏳️🌈
Greenlight - Metro Council, District 2
Christine is the Legislative Director at the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries. She has a decade of experience in state and local government and policy roles.
In 2016 she managed the historic housing bond campaign in the City of Portland. Christine serves her community as chair of the West Linn Historic Review Board, a quasi-judicial land use committee, and chairs the Clackamas Vector Control District Budget Committee.
She gives back by volunteering with Minds Matter of Portland, the Junior League of Portland, and the Portland Opera, among other organizations.
She and her husband Mike live in the Willamette neighborhood of West Linn.
Christine Lewis 🏳️🌈
Greenlight - Metro Council, District 2
Greenlight - Lane County Commission, East Lane Position 5
Heather Buch has spent her professional career running a small business to help people access and afford housing in Lane County. Heather pursued this career path because, as the daughter of a single, working mother growing up in Veneta, she learned firsthand the effects of unstable housing.
At the age of eight while her mother was at work, Heather read the classified sections of local newspapers, calling advertisers in a determined effort to find affordable, stable housing for her family. This vivid memory, along with her mother’s dedication and resilience, shaped the values and priorities Heather holds today. Heather knows that success in life begins with stable housing, and that’s why she works every day to find housing solutions for individuals and families throughout Lane County.
To pursue her educational goals, Heather traveled daily by foot and bus to attend International High School at Sheldon. After graduation, she attended Seattle University while simultaneously working multiple jobs and practicing martial arts. She received her degree in business administration and then returned to Lane County to find a job.
After several years in retirement planning, she decided to open her own small business in commercial real estate and property management with a specialization in affordable housing. She has since grown that company to a staff of 18 and overseen multimillion-dollar projects and assets.
Heather has also spent several years working as the special projects director of St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County, where she has helped the agency work towards community-driven goals. Recently she has taken a lead role in the nonprofit’s acquisition and rehabilitation of aging mobile home parks – a new approach and solution to the need for more affordable housing that the state and local governments are working to replicate throughout Oregon.
As the mother of a beautiful 4-year-old daughter and wife to a Merchant Mariner and U.S. Navy reservist, Heather is fully invested in our community, and is eager to put her skills, experience and insights to work in the public sector.
Heather is a member of the state’s Manufactured Housing Preservation Steering Committee, the Veterans’ Housing Project, as well as the city of Eugene Rental Housing Department Advisory Committee. Previously, she worked with the Springfield Manufactured Home Park Collaborative, as co-chair of the Active Bethel Citizens Neighborhood Association and a member of the Beltline Facility Plan Stakeholder Advisory Committee.
Greenlight - Lane County Commission, East Lane Position 5
Eddy Morales 🏳️🌈
Greenlight - Gresham City Council, Position 2×
Eddy Morales 🏳️🌈
Greenlight - Gresham City Council, Position 2
Emma Burke 🏳️🌈
Greenlight - Lake Oswego City Council×
Emma Burke 🏳️🌈
Greenlight - Lake Oswego City Council
Dani has been a member of the Equality PAC 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/Them)
A practicing attorney at the firm Perkins Coie, Alletta is a vocal advocate for the advancement of LGBTQ+ people both within the legal profession, and in the broader community. Aside from her day-to-day legal work, Alletta has an active pro bono practice representing families seeking asylum in the US. Alletta is also involved in several legal professional organizations, including the American Inns of Court and OGALLA, Oregon’s LGBTQ bar association, for which she is the Social/CLE Committee Chair. Alletta attended University of Oregon for her undergraduate degree, majoring in Women’s and Gender Studies, and has master’s degrees in Human Rights and International Politics from the University of Edinburgh and the London School of Economics. Alletta earned her law degree at Harvard Law School and clerked on the Oregon Supreme Court for former Chief Justice Thomas Balmer. Alletta lives in north Portland with her partner and two kids, five chickens, and one very lazy dog. (Pronouns: she/her).
Shane has several years of nonprofit board experience, including as Board Chair of Q Center (Portland, OR), Chair of the Associate Board of Shelter Partnership (Los Angeles, CA), and as a member of the Associate Boards of Friends of the Parks (Chicago, IL) and SGA Youth and Family Services (Chicago, IL). He also previously served as a Commissioner on the Human Relations Commission for the City of Long Beach, California. Shane moved to Portland in 2017 and quickly became involved in LGBTQ+ advocacy in the Portland area, including volunteering with Basic Rights Oregon, Q Center, and Pride Foundation. Shane is an attorney at K&L Gates LLP in Portland, OR and lives in Ladd’s Addition with his partner, Ryan. (Pronouns: he/him)
Equality PAC Board Chair
Eric is chair of the Equality PAC Board. An Independent Education Consultant, Eric is a lifelong proponent of educational access and equal rights. In past positions he served as Executive Director of the Lambda Community Center in Northern Colorado, later as Board President. In 1998, he founded Gertrude, a literary and arts journal, and the subsequent Gertrude Press, one of the longest running LGBTQ publications still in print. On the national level, he is Past President of the Higher Education Consultants Association and has lobbied members of Oregon’s congressional delegation regarding equity issues in education. Recently, he completed a legislative internship with Oregon State Representative Diego Hernandez. He lives in North Portland with his husband, Jedidiah, and their two spoiled dogs, Sara and Trudi. (Pronouns: he/him)
Equality PAC Board Chair
Danita Harris is an Oregon native, currently living in Salem. They currently hold the position of Vice President for CWA PERU 7901, organizer for local events such as the woman’s march in Salem, and participate in a number of youth organizations and is a strong advocate for inclusivity and equity throughout Oregon politics. Outside of representational work Danita is an Organizer for SEIU serving the hard working Oregonians throughout the Mid-Valley. (Pronouns: They/Them or She/Her)
A lifelong Oregonian, Megen Sandmeyer was born in Beaverton and attended University of Oregon before launching into a career in politics. She has worked in environmental advocacy, labor organizing, and multiple roles in the Oregon Legislature. She has a deep knowledge of Oregon politics, strategic communications, and digital engagement. Currently, she works for a mission-driven communications agency in Portland. She lives in SE Portland with her partner and their miniature bulldog. (Pronouns: she/her)
An East Coast native, Laura attended Mount Holyoke College and received her MBA from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester. Since moving to Oregon in 2004, Laura has worked on numerous campaigns, most recently serving as a Chief Petitioner for Measure 97 in 2016. She is especially committed to ensuring that full equality, clean air and water, and excellent public education are the birthright of every Oregonian. Laura is an experienced marketing and strategy professional, and is currently the Vice-President of Marketing for SELCO Community Credit Union in Eugene. She has also served as the Chair of the City of Eugene Budget Committee from 2012-2016 as well as on the Board of many Eugene-area non-profits. Laura is passionate about Equality PAC’s mission to elect Oregonians who share our values, and is proud to be joining the Equality PAC Board. Laura lives with her husband and daughter in Eugene, where she spends as much time as possible reading great books and making bad art. (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)
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)
Hayden Miller is a lifelong Oregonian with a passion for his home state. Born in Beaverton and raised in Hood River, Hayden attended Willamette University for one year before leaving school to work in the office of House Speaker Tina Kotek in the 2015 and 2016 legislative sessions. During the 2016 election cycle, Hayden worked as a political organizer for a statewide ballot measure campaign.
Following the 2016 election, Hayden began serving as Constituent Relations & Policy Liaison to Multnomah County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson. In 2017, he began serving as a member of the Basic Rights Oregon Equality PAC board, and in 2018 he joined the board of directors of Next Up, a non-profit focused on youth engagement formerly known as The Bus Project.
Hayden enjoys taking advantage of our state’s beautiful environment by skiing, hiking, and camping. His background growing up in our state has inspired a passion for protecting and preserving the environment that Oregonians know and love, and he is committed to making Oregon a state where all who call it home have access to what they need to be happy, healthy, and successful.
Carlee joined the Equality PAC Board in April of 2015 after nearly 3 years of volunteer leadership within the organization. Carlee also worked for Basic Rights Oregon, first as the Equality PAC volunteer Coordinator and then as the Trans Justice Policy Fellow where she focused on work impacting folks who are incarcerated. She has continued this work since by co-facilitating a group whose mission is to provide space for trans and gender non-conforming folks to safely discuss their experiences with the prison system in Oregon and beyond. Carlee now works for Beyond These Walls, an organization that provides services to incarcerated folks in Oregon and Washington. Carlee, a Portland native, spends most of her time wandering the city trying new food and enjoying the vibrant queer culture.
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)
Bryn is a California native and moved to Oregon to attend Portland State, where they received their degree in Political Science.
Bryn is a current resident of SouthEast Portland and works as a Direct Support Professional throughout the Portland Area.
Bryn has advocated for queer and trans rights throughout their professional and academic careers. They have facilitated multiple queer justice trainings and founded and chaired the Gender and Sexuality Equity Committee at their community college which continues to advocate for queer students to this day.
In their spare time, Bryn enjoys cooking and spending time with their partner and their dog.
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 may be credited directly to your state taxes.