Welcome to Basic Rights Oregon’s Vote Equality Guide to pro-equality candidates. These are our endorsements and greenlights for the 2020 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.
Secretary of State
Oregon’s next Secretary of State is going to face challenges unlike anything we have ever seen. Free and democratic elections are the cornerstone of our society. Yet, we have not even seen the lengths to which hostile foreign governments will go to undermine our democracy. Donald Trump has shown that he isn’t concerned about these threats, as long as they benefit him. That’s why Oregon’s Secretary of State has to be prepared to fight these threats to our democracy today and have the vision to see the threats facing the next generation. I have been in public service in Oregon since I served on the school board in 2011, and today I serve as a Democrat in the Oregon Senate.
Everybody who has served with me, whether Republicans, Democrats, on every side of every issue, whether they like me or not, can agree on one thing: I take on tough fights, and win them.
I am running in the Democratic primary to be Oregon’s Secretary of State because normal won’t just happen, ordinary won’t just happen, our democracy won’t just happen, we have to fight for it. And like my momma, I will fight for it with everything I have in me.
See you on the campaign trail, Oregon.
Secretary of State
Senate District 27 - Bend, Redmond, Sunriver, and Tumalo
I am a mom, a veteran and was a successful finance executive with one of the world’s largest manufacturers. I served as an officer in the Navy, believing that we all owe something to this country we call home. I’ve balanced billion-dollar budgets and negotiated multi-million dollar contracts. I took my progressive values to work everyday… and made my company more profitable and our communities stronger.
My parents raised me to speak up for what is right, to give back to my community, and be a problem solver for the issues that matter. I raised my daughter with these values, and I’ve served my country with these values. I’ve advocated and accomplished real change with these values. Now I want to take these values to Salem as your State Senator.
Senate District 27
Bend, Redmond, Sunriver, and Tumalo
Senate District 5 - Lincoln County as well as parts of Tillamook, Yamhill, Polk, Lane, Douglas, and Coos counties
Melissa was raised on the Oregon Coast, and her values are shaped by the hard-working people of our area. Melissa has spent her career serving her community as a small business owner, a lawyer, and Coos County Commissioner, and now she is ready to stand up for the Oregon Coast in the State Senate. Coastal communities haven’t experienced the same economic recovery as the rest of Oregon, and she’s ready to change that. As your Senator, Melissa will work to bring economic growth to the Oregon coast through advocating for equitable access to affordable healthcare, adequate funding for public education, as well as expanding workers rights and job opportunities in Senate District 5. Melissa believes that together, we can improve our communities, not just for ourselves, but for our children and our future generations.
Senate District 5
Lincoln County as well as parts of Tillamook, Yamhill, Polk, Lane, Douglas, and Coos counties
Senate District 14 - Parts of Washington and Multnomah Counties
I started my career here in the Multnomah County District Attorney's office pursuing justice for victims of child abuse and domestic violence. I teach at Portland Community College, and dedicate much of my free time to serving as the Board Chair for Transition Projects, a non-profit working to advance individual solutions to homelessness.
I’m running to stand strong against the right-wing politics of peddling hate and fear while systematically defunding public services, defrauding voters, and rolling back our environmental laws and protections for working people and our families. With Trump in the White House, now more than ever, our state legislatures have become the frontline of protecting children, families, seniors, our environment and the future of our democracy.
Senate District 14
Parts of Washington and Multnomah Counties
Senate District 28 - Sunriver
For the past 21 years Hugh Palcic has worked for the Sunriver Owners Association where he currently serves as the community’s General Manager. Dedicated to service, Palcic has contributed on a number of Central Oregon boards, commissions and committees including serving on the Bethlehem Inn homeless shelter Board of Directors, and as Chairperson of the Deschutes County Planning Commission. In May, Palcic was appointed to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. In 2012, Palcic received the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Brownfields “Unsung Hero” Award for his outreach efforts to remediate asbestos-contaminated land within Sunriver. Palcic is a graduate of Marist College, N.Y. , where he earned a B.A. in Political Science and interned in the New York State Senate.
Senate District 28
Senate District 10 - Marion and Polk Counties
I am running because I believe that
We all need access to affordable, quality healthcare.
Addressing climate change is an urgent matter for Oregon and the United States.
We need more sensible gun laws.
We need a return to civil discourse in our society and must treat others – especially the most vulnerable – with compassion.
Our economy is working for some Oregonians, but not for all, due to stagnant wages against the rising costs of housing, property taxes and income taxes.
Senate District 10
Marion and Polk Counties
Senate Majority Leader Ginny Burdick
Senate District 18 - King City, Tigard, Metzger & Southwest Portland
Senator Ginny Burdick is a native of Portland’s Senate District 18. She attended Chapman and Bridlemile Schools and is a graduate of Wilson High School. She received her B.A. in psychology from the University of Puget Sound in 1969 and her Masters in Journalism from the University of Oregon 1973.
Before being elected to the Senate, Senator Burdick served on the Land Conservation and Development Commission from 1987-1993, including four years as vice-chair. She has served on the Oregon Board of The Nature Conservancy, the Oregon Board of NARAL, Emanuel Hospital’s Council of Associates and the Program Committee of the City Club of Portland.
Senator Burdick is a communications consultant, specializing in crisis communications. She is the proud mom of two daughters: Kate, who graduated from Portland State University, and Shannon, who lives in Portland.
Senate Majority Leader Ginny Burdick
Senate District 18
King City, Tigard, Metzger & Southwest Portland
Senate District 21 - Southeast Portland, Milwaukie & Oak Grove
STRENGTHENING PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Strong public schools are the ladder of opportunity. Kathleen has advocated to restore a full school year and make sure all students have the chance to succeed. Kathleen has two kids in public schools and is a consistent advocate for education.
A STRONGER ECONOMY
Kathleen’s experience working with small businesses to find jobs for Oregonians gave her a clear picture of how jobs are created and what skills are needed to succeed. She will push for greater investment in workforce training and infrastructure to make Oregon more competitive. Kathleen knows working families are often without the supports they need she has voted to increase Oregon's minimum wage and provide work place protections for employees. She knows when workers succeed, Oregon's economy benefits.
ACCOUNTABLE AND EFFICIENT GOVERNMENT
As an auditor, Kathleen has shown government how to provide better services with limited resources using proven strategies. She has applied her skills as an auditor to the Oregon Legislature to make government more efficient and accountable.
A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT
Oregon’s natural beauty and our unique quality of life are among our greatest assets. Kathleen will ensure they're protected for future generations. Kathleen is proud of legislation she helped to pass in the Legislature, including the landmark Coal to Clean and Clean Fuels laws. She currently Co-Chairs the Natural Resources Budget Writing Committee where she advocates for targeted investments to protect our environment.
FAIRNESS FOR ALL OREGONIANS
Equal rights and protection of the vulnerable are among Kathleen's core values. She will continue to push for a government that serves ALL Oregonians, not just special interests, and will continue to fight to ensure a lived equality for all.
Senate District 21
Southeast Portland, Milwaukie & Oak Grove
Senate District 23 - Mt. Tabor, Maywood Park, Parkrose, Southeast & Northeast Portland
Appointed to represent Northeast Portland's Senate District 23, Senator Michael Dembrow is running for his first full term as a State Senator. Previous to his appointment, the Senator served as Representative to the 45th District of the State House. A former English instructor for Portland Community College, Sen. Dembrow served as president of the faculty union and was appointed to the State Board of Education in 2007. During his term as a State Representative, Dembrow co-sponsored an early version of the tuition equality bill and has been a supporter of the Safe Roads Act. He strongly supported landmark non-discrimination and anti-bullying legislation that is now Oregon Law.
Senate District 23
Mt. Tabor, Maywood Park, Parkrose, Southeast & Northeast Portland
Senate District 25 - Fairview, Gresham, Troutdale and Wood Village
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.
Senate District 25
Fairview, Gresham, Troutdale and Wood Village
House District 33 - Northwest Portland
Dr. Maxine Dexter, Democratic nominee for Oregon State Representative, House District 33, is a proven leader who will fight tirelessly for universal health care, affordable housing, strong, equitable public schools, and to protect our planet against the perils of climate change.
- Healthcare Leader
- Democratic Nominee for Oregon State Representative
House District 33
House District 33
House District 26 - Aloha, Beaverton, Hillsboro, King City, Newberg, Scholls, Sherwood, Tigard, Tualatin, Wilsonville
As a teacher and a mother, Courtney is focused on the future. She knows firsthand the importance of a strong public education, affordable housing, accessible healthcare, and environmental stewardship. Courtney is working to create a safer, healthier Oregon full of opportunity for the next generation.
House District 26
Aloha, Beaverton, Hillsboro, King City, Newberg, Scholls, Sherwood, Tigard, Tualatin, Wilsonville
House District 49 - Troutdale
I am a high school teacher at Reynolds High School and a City Councilor for Troutdale. I have been teaching for 14 years in local schools, including Gresham High School, Corbett High School and Mount Hood Community College.
I am passionate about investing in our kids and protecting our future. I want to work for all Oregonians to promote equity and community, and to make the system fairer and more effective. I'm running for Oregon State Representative for District 49 to join our other legislators in supporting education, civil rights, environmental protection and smart government.
House District 49
House District 36 - West Side of Portland
I’m running because there is more I can do to tackle the issues I care most about - gun violence, houselessness, mental health and medical care, climate change and working families.
If you support me, you will get an activist who will treat these issues as the emergencies that they are. You’ll get a pediatrician who sees, every day, how state policy affects our kids and families. If you vote for me, you’ll get a politician who acts like a mom.
House District 36
West Side of Portland
House District 50 - Gresham and East County
Ricki Ruiz was the first of his family to graduate high school from Reynolds High School. Ricki is also the first person in his family to have graduated from college, with a bachelors degree in social entrepreneurship from Warner Pacific University.
Ricki is the community services coordinator for the City of Gresham, and has been working for his hometown city for almost five years. As the community services coordinator, Ricki leads the youth recreation programming, supports public safety with the Neighborhood Ready Program, serves as co-liaison for the Youth Advisory Council, and is a city-wide Spanish interpreter. Ricki also helped bring safe spaces for play to Gresham and nearby cities. Since 2015, he has helped bring nine mini-pitch futsal courts to East Multnomah County parks and school grounds.
Ricki co-founded the Rockwood Initiative, a community-based organization that focuses on youth recreation along with free sport tournament events that bring high-quality competition to Gresham's Rockwood neighborhood. As a group, the Rockwood Initiative was able to gather community support and secure over $120,000 to bring the first set of futsal courts at Rockwood's Vance Park in 2015.
In 2017, at the age of 22, Ricki was elected as the youngest school board member in the Reynolds School District. He served a half-term and got re-elected again in 2019. Ricki's main goal is to introduce and implement equitable education policies that help our high school students graduate. Priorities as a school board member are to make critical capital improvements, retain high-quality staff, increase staff diversity, support middle and high school sports, and improve mental health assistance.
Once elected to the legislature, Ricki will push for more resources for our public education system, healthcare, and public safety, and also increase housing affordability, environmental justice, and help improve quality of life in East County and across Oregon. Ricki is ready to serve our working families and be the voice the community needs. As a 25-year Gresham resident and community advocate, Ricki is determined to earn your vote and represent Gresham and East County with integrity and energy.
House District 50
Gresham and East County
House District 32 - North Coast
Debbie Boothe-Schmidt has lived, worked, and raised a family on the North Coast for nearly 30 years. So she knows just how important it is to grow our coastal economy and invest in our working families, and that’s why she is running to serve House District 32.
The granddaughter of Oregon loggers, she knows that the coast’s unique natural resources drive our economy and define our community. As the North Coast continues to evolve, Debbie is committed to making sure that members of our community can find great jobs and afford to live and raise their families here, whether in Seaside, or Elsie, or Cannon Beach. Debbie will fight to protect and expand access to affordable housing and healthcare, treatment for addiction and mental health issues, and quality schools.
House District 32
House District 28 - Aloha and Beaverton
I’m WLnsvey (wins-vay) Campos, and I’m a Democrat running to be State Representative for District 28 (Aloha/Beaverton). I’m here to work towards an Oregon that is for all of us, not just a wealthy few.
This campaign is for us and by us which means that we are powered by grassroots supporters just like you.
With your donation, you’re helping pave the way for Oregon politics to be #ForTheMany. This is all possible because of you.
House District 28
Aloha and Beaverton
House District 35 - Parts of Washington County, Multnomah County, and Clackamas County
I know determination. I have spent my life serving my community, one call at a time, and I’ve learned firsthand that we are not defined by the problems we face, but in how we decide to act. Now, I am asking for the honor to work with you and carry our collective voice to Salem as your State Representative.
House District 35
Parts of Washington County, Multnomah County, and Clackamas County
House District 46 - East Portland
I am a working mom and long-time community organizer, policymaker and advocate for the diverse communities of our district. I’m running because I believe that democracy is strongest when communities, not corporate lobbyists, shape the legislation that impacts our daily lives and the future of our children. I believe that our state government should reflect the diversity of the communities it serves, and I believe that Oregon can lead the nation in showing how the necessary transition to a renewable economy can be good for people, the economy, and the environment. You can read more about the issues I’m advocating for, volunteer your time, and donate to our grassroots campaign.
House District 46
House District 53 - Deschutes County
Emerson is a mom, attorney and advocate for our community. Emerson, or feel free to call her Em, lives in Central Oregon with her husband, Sean, who works at the local hospital and her daughter, who is five. They love getting outdoors and exploring all of the natural wonders that central Oregon has to offer.
Emerson has over 10+ years experience working in finance, compliance and on in-house legal teams. Emerson got her start working doing workers compensation hearings for the Industrial Relations Board in California and later moving to Oregon and focusing her work in the private investment arena, including working on large investment projects in the housing sector, agricultural land and commercial properties. Lately, Emerson has refined her area to real estate law and compliance within the green energy market, specifically solar investment projects. Emerson received her undergraduate degree in International Business, has her Juris Doctorate and is an active member of the Oregon State Bar.
House District 53
House District 15 - Parts of Benton and Linn Counties
Miriam’s experience in higher education as well as in K-12 public systems, as well as her advocacy skills, will make her a strong leader for working families. Miriam has always been open to listening to people's needs and is very compassionate and understanding. These are the skills that she will bring as a State Representative. She doesn't want there to be barriers that come between the Capitol and the people. She wants to hear from you. She wants to know what you think and how she can address these issues. She is here for you! She will get things done!
House District 15
Parts of Benton and Linn Counties
House District 9 - South Coast
An experienced businessman, Cal Mukumoto knows how to grow our local economy because he’s done it. From helping to establish a log sales program for an Oregon mill to working closely with local tribes to weather rocky economic times, Cal has been fighting to protect and invest in our communities for decades. Cal has helped businesses throughout Oregon to save and create jobs and expand local industries. At a time when so many politicians in Salem prioritize Portland, Cal will be the strong voice that the South Coast deserves.
House District 9
House District 54 - Bend
My daughter was born here in Bend and is the fifth generation in my family to call Oregon home. I love our community, and that’s why I’ve committed my life to serving it.
Raised in a timber town in rural Oregon in a union family, I learned early on what it means to be a good neighbor: When times were tough we stepped up to help others and when we were in need our neighbors were there to help us.
Today, I bring those same values to work every day as a Deputy District Attorney. I work hard to make our community a safe and just place for everyone. Whether as a prosecutor, a father and husband, school volunteer, an advocate for kids in foster care, or as an elected board member of the Bend Park and Recreation District, I understand the hard work, dedication, and thoughtful engagement it takes to solve the big and the little problems we face here in Central Oregon.
But in Salem, we’re not seeing our values reflected by our representatives. It’s time for Bend to elect a leader who’s going to roll up their sleeves and advocate for real solutions that address the concerns of families in our community. That’s why I’m running to represent Bend in the House of Representatives. I hope I can count on your support.
House District 54
House District 24 - Washington and Yamhill Counties
The Willamette Valley deserves a strong and trusted voice in Salem, and that’s why Lynnette Shaw is running for State Representative in House District 24. As a small business owner, Lynnette is a tireless problem-solver who knows how to bring people together to get things done for our communities. Lynnette will fight to make sure our families, our farms, and our small businesses can thrive in today’s economy.
House District 24
Washington and Yamhill Counties
House District 17 - Linn and Marion Counties
Paige comes from a family whose history stretches back over 100 years in House District 17. She graduated magna cum laude from Western Oregon University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in social science with a concentration in criminal justice and a minor in psychology. Paige has volunteered with the city of Salem in their Crime Analysis Unit. She is an Emerge Oregon alumnae, a Stayton City Councilor, a former Planning Commissioner, and an active member of her community. She brought this experience with her to Salem, where she has worked in Legislative Administration and as the Office Manager in the House Majority Office during one of the most historically significant sessions in Oregon history.
Paige Hook is ready to draw on her professional and life experiences to fight for the interests of House District 17. Read on to learn more about Paige and everything she can offer as a State Representative. Be sure to check out the Issues section to learn about her policy priorities as State Representative.
House District 17
Linn and Marion Counties
House District 6 - Medford
We must do everything we can to make sure Oregonians get the timely aid they need, so they do not fall into despair. No time to count food boxes. People need direct aid of all kinds. It will be hard to get the world’s economy back to work. It will be infinitely harder if we don’t keep our people housed, warm, fed, clothed, educated––and back to work as soon as safely possible. That’s not charity. That’s just smart. It’s not going to be like this forever.
House District 6
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 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
House District 16 - Corvallis
Dan graduated from Western Oregon University in 2003 and received his law degree from Willamette University in 2006. He clerked for Benton County District Attorney, and then went into private practice. He has seen both sides of legal practice, and wants to use that experience to serve Oregon. A top priority for Dan will continue holding insurance companies accountable for their actions. He also wants to give a firmer footing to K-12 and higher education funding to build a skilled workforce and create jobs, particularly in innovative methods of energy production.
House District 16
House District 20 - Salem, Monmouth & Independence
Seeking election to the House, Paul Evans was first elected to public office as a city councilor at age 18 and has continued to serve his community and his country ever since. From volunteer firefighter in Polk County to a Major in the US Air Force, later the Air National Guard, including tours in both Afghanistan and Iraq, Paul continues to bring his expertise bear; he was Governor Kulongoski’s chief advisor on veterans’ affairs and emergency preparedness. He believes in protecting the most vulnerable in society while at the same time making Oregon a better place to work and live.
House District 20
Salem, Monmouth & Independence
Teresa Alonso Leon
House District 22 - Woodburn
I am Teresa Alonso Leon, and I'm proud to call this place home. I grew up in Woodburn and attended Woodburn High School. I know that House District 22 is a strong, vibrant, and diverse community, and I'm running to represent everybody who lives in the district.
At a young age, I learned what it's like to struggle, and I discovered the power of a quality education to reshape a person's future. I'm committed to making sure that the next generation of young people have the opportunity and resources to succeed.
I earned my Master’s Degree in Public Administration at Portland State University and my B.A at Western Oregon University. I currently serve on the Woodburn City Council and work for the Higher Education Coordinating Commission in the Office of Community College and Workforce Development as the High School Equivalency and State GED Administrator. I have dedicated the last 18 years of my life helping students find their path to college or a post-secondary educational opportunity past high school or GED.
I'm running for State Representative to help create a future where everyone has a fair shot at a prosperous future.
Teresa Alonso Leon
House District 22
House District 27 - Beaverton, Raleigh Hills & Progress
Sheri Schouten 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 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 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 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 - Clackamas and Washington Counties
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
Clackamas and Washington Counties
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 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 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
Local Race Greenlights
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Greenlight--Lane County Commissioner, District 3, South Eugene
Claire Hall 🏳️🌈
Greenlight--Lincoln County Commissioner
Greenlight--Mayor of Eugene
Lucy Vinis has worked on behalf of the Eugene community for 25 years. She most recently served as the Development Director at ShelterCare, a local nonprofit which houses and supports at-risk Oregonians. Lucy previously worked for several environmental non-profits including EarthShare Oregon and the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides. She is running for mayor to build new partnerships to support local businesses, workers, and families, and to create more affordable housing to ensure everyone who wants to contribute to our city can afford to live here.
Greenlight--Mayor of Eugene
Greenlight--Mayor of Portland
Greenlight--Mayor of Portland
Greenlight--Metro Council, District 5×
Greenlight--Metro Council, District 5
Greenlight--Multnomah County Commission, District 1
Sharon is an emergency physician at Kaiser Permanente, a public and community health advocate, a former lawyer and a mother. Sharon is also Medical Director of the Oregon Foundation for Reproductive Health.
Why Sharon is Running
“I am running for Multnomah County Commission because of the inequities I see every day in the ER, including a lack of access not only to healthcare, but to the fundamentals that allow for individuals and families to be safe and healthy: housing, living wages and a healthy environment. These are the issues I care about and to which I've dedicated my life's work as an emergency physician, lawyer and community advocate.” – Dr. Sharon Meieran
As a champion for safe and healthy families, Sharon will fight for:
- Access to reproductive healthcare and justice for all women – to decrease unintended pregnancies and stop the cycle of intergenerational poverty.
- Coordinated mental health and addictions services – to stop the revolving door between our jails, our health systems and the streets.
- Meaningful health care – so everyone has access to culturally appropriate treatment in the right place at the right time.
- Communities where all people have the fundamentals to live safe and healthy lives – a roof over their head and access to healthy food, clean water and fresh air.
Sharon has received the sole NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon endorsement in this race and a green light approval from Basic Rights Oregon Equality PAC.
Sharon has also been endorsed by:
- Congressman Earl Blumenauer
- Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury
- State Senator Diane Rosenbaum, District 21
- State Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, District 17
- State Representative Mitch Greenlick, District 33
- State Representative Barbara Smith Warner, District 45
- Multnomah County Commissioner Judy Shiprack, District 3
- Metro Councilor Shirley Craddick, District 1
- City Commissioner Amanda Fritz
- City Commissioner Steve Novick
- Beverly Stein, Former Chair of the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners and State Representative
Sharon serves on the following appointed/elected boards and commissions:
- The Oregon Medical Association (currently serving as Vice President);
- The Community Oversight Advisory Board (COAB) overseeing implementation of the Department of Justice Settlement Agreement with the City of Portland and Portland Police Bureau regarding Use of Force against individuals with actual or perceived mental health crises;
- The Mental Health Crisis Response Subcommittee of the COAB (which Sharon Co-Chairs with Dr. Alisha Moreland-Capuia);
- The Unity Behavioral Health Center Advisory Board;
- The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Advisory Commission;
- The Emergency Department Information Exchange (EDIE) Governance Committee and the EDIE Operations Committee (which she Co-Chairs with Dr. Amit Shah).
- Oregon Medical Association’s 2015 “Doctor Citizen of the Year”
- Oregon College of Emergency Physicians’ 2015 “Member of the Year”
- Kaiser Permanente's David Lawrence Community Service Award
Greenlight--Multnomah County Commission, District 1
Jessica Vega Pederson
Greenlight-- Multnomah County Commission, District 3
Jessica Vega Pederson is a mother, a technology professional, a progressive Democrat, a proud resident of East Portland, and the first Latina elected to the Oregon House of Representatives. She was first elected to represent House District 47 in 2012.
As Chair of the House Energy and Environment Committee, Jessica carried to passage both the Oregon’s Clean Fuels and the Clean Energy and Coal Transition laws to reduce pollution and create good-paying jobs in Oregon. As Majority Whip, she helped lead the fight for universal paid sick time, a higher minimum wage, stronger equal pay laws, and stable funding for Oregon’s schools.
Jessica is a proven progressive champion who believes everyone in our region deserves a fair shot. She is committed to making Multnomah County an even better place to live, work, and raise a family.
Before being elected to the State House, Jessica worked in the tech sector, helping start-ups, small businesses, and Fortune 500 companies to grow their business.
Jessica Vega Pederson
Greenlight-- Multnomah County Commission, District 3
Greenlight--Multnomah County Commission, District 4
Lori Stegmann grew up in the Rockwood neighborhood in west Gresham after being adopted as an infant from an orphanage in Korea. She has been a small business owner and insurance agent for more than 20 years, specializing in commercial insurance. She chose to live and locate her Farmers Insurance agency in the same neighborhood she grew up in.
Lori's interest in public service stems from a desire to help make sure everyone has the same opportunities in life that she has had, such as a family, quality public education, affordable housing, and a shot at a good paying job.
Before being elected to the Gresham City Council in 2010, Lori served on the Gresham Planning Commission, Rockwood Stakeholders Group and Rockwood Light Rail Station Art Committee, as well as Vice Chair of the Gresham Redevelopment Commission Advisory Committee. She has also served as a board member of the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce. She is now serving her second term on the Gresham City Council. In 2014 Ms. Stegmann served as the City Council president.
Her duties as Gresham City Councilor have included committee assignments on the Public Safety Committee, Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce, Gresham Sister City Association, Youth Advisory Committee and the Council Employee Performance Subcommittee.
Lori co-founded the Rockwood Business Coalition, and has served as its Vice-Chair. She has also chaired a number of Plaza del Sol Community events in Rockwood. Her extensive community service involvement also includes positions with Soroptimist International of Gresham, as both District 2 Secretary, and President. She has also been a Golden Note Award recipient for her volunteer activities.
Lori currently serves on the board of the Oregon League of Minority Voters (OLMV), and is also a member of Metro's Powell Division Steering Committee and the Multnomah County Citizen Budget Advisory Committee.
Lori put herself through college, graduating from Mt. Hood Community College with an associate degree. She obtained her bachelor's degree in business from Portland State University.
Greenlight--Multnomah County Commission, District 4
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Greenlight--Multnomah County District Attorney
Greenlight--Portland City Council, Position 1Website: https://www.carmenforportland.com/about/ ×
Greenlight--Portland City Council, Position 1
Greenlight--Portland City Council, Position 2
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 Council, Position 2
Greenlight--Portland City Council, Position 2
For decades Dan has served the Portland community for causes in which he believes. From working in pre-k to higher education, mental health, the arts, and progressive communities of faith he has extensive experience building bridges and creating impact for children and families. As a non-profit leader Dan has created positive impact by building bridges between diverse stakeholders to get results.
Dan was an elected member of the Portland Public School Board from 2005 to 2008. This passion for education continued when Dan Ryan served as the CEO of All Hands Raised (formerly Portland Schools Foundation) from 2008 to 2019. As the backbone of the organization for the All Hands Raised Partnership, Dan lead the organization in synchronizing the Multnomah County’s collective actions and guiding them toward measurable, meaningful results and rallying the community together to
change practices, expectations and behaviors to improve outcomes for kids.
Dan was the Portland Light of Fire Executive Director of the Year in 2018. Dan received recognition as one of Portland Monthly Magazine’s 50 Most Influential Portlanders, and is an alumnus of the American Leadership Forum in Oregon (ALF Class of XXVIII). Dan serves on the leadership advisory boards of Wells Fargo, the Portland Trail Blazers, and Trillium Family Services and the University of Oregon Alumni Association. Prior to All Hands Raised, Dan worked in the private, public and non-profit sector including positions at the Oregon Ballet Theatre, Portland State University, Metropolitan Group, Virginia Mason Foundation, and New School University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oregon and did graduate-level work at New School University’s Graduate School of Management & Urban Professional.
Dan is the youngest of eight and a proud Oregonian. In his free time, Dan attends many local arts and sporting events. Dan and his partner Amo enjoy cooking, their backyard garden, fresh air and a variety of Oregon climates and outdoor experiences, as well as his 16 nephews and nieces and their families.
Greenlight--Portland City Council, Position 2
Greenlight - Portland City Council, Position 4
Chloe Eudaly was born and raised in the Portland Metro area and has called Portland proper her home since 1988. Her introduction to political activism came during the first Gulf War, following which she became active in a variety of civil rights, social justice, and environmental causes. After working for a series of small businesses, in 1994 she opened her mission driven bookshop, Reading Frenzy, which is dedicated to independent, small press, and self-published titles with a focus on underrepresented voices, progressive politics, and alternative culture. Through Reading Frenzy, she co-founded the Independent Publishing Resource Center, launched a small press, has organized nearly 500 free literary and art events, and has shared her extensive knowledge of self-publishing and creative entrepreneurship with hundreds of people through lectures, panels, articles, and workshops.
In 2001, Chloe’s life took an unexpected turn when her infant son was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. After a couple years of navigating the medical and service systems she had the good fortune of being accepted into Partners in Policymaking -- an intensive year-long disability advocacy training program -- which launched her on a path that she still walks today. In the ensuing years she has done both paid and volunteer work for local nonprofit organizations, has advocated and fundraised for increasing accessibility at Portland Parks & Recreation, given talks and workshops on a variety of subjects from inclusive child care to the lack of accessibility in Portland Public Schools, and co-founded the Special Education PTA of Portland, a district-wide PTA dedicated to engaging, educating, and empowering families.
In 2014 Chloe's attention turned to renters' rights and affordable housing when she found herself among Portland's growing ranks of cost-burdened renters. In February of 2015 she established an online group focussed on housing affordability, renters' rights, gentrification, and displacement called "The Shed" which has since grown to more than 2000 members and has become a hub for information, resources, and support. Through this group she began having near daily interactions with people who were in crisis and struggling to keep a roof over their heads. This experience is what ultimately spurred her to run for Portland City Council.
Chloe's son Henry is now in high school, uses a high tech communication device that he controls with eye gaze, is studying photography, and enjoys being a TA in his school library. These days she works mostly behind the scenes at Reading Frenzy but still enjoys hosting events, curating shows for the gallery (now temporary campaign headquarters!), the thrill of discovering new authors and artists, and connecting adventurous readers with compelling work. In her spare time she enjoys working through her endless reading list, listening to public radio, watching British crime series, crossword puzzles, thrifting, hiking in Forest Park, rabble rousing, and singing karaoke.
Greenlight - Portland City Council, Position 4
Greenlight--Portland City Council, Position 4
Some folks decide to join civic life because they are molded to follow in their family crest while others see themselves as conduits for change through public engagement. It was somewhere in the magic of life’s winding road that I found my calling.
I grew up spending my summers exploring and playing in the majestic rivers and woods of the Pacific Northwest. Portland was a second home to me, laying ground to my fondness for fresh air, kindness in strangers, creative artisans, and an engaged community.
In the 70s and 80s there was a push for universities to open admissions to students otherwise ignored. This opened doors for folks like my uncle and two of my aunts. They became part of a generation that was able to benefit from this newly afforded upward mobility. Their successes led to possibilities that otherwise would have been unimaginable.
Once I landed at Reed as a young eager student. I knew that my life would change forever. And it did. I made lifelong friends and a zest for political science. My first job out of Reed was with the prestigious Commissioner Gladys McCoy. But it was under the mentorship of Beverly Stein that I actualized myself as a civil servant. As I have seen Portland evolve from a timber town to a tech hub, I knew that while Portland had an incredible foundation, it needed a lot of work to be inclusive and equitable. There was too much economic disparity and too much cronyism.
This was a city of neighborhoods. This was city of heart. It deserved to have government that represented both.
It is from this desire, this commitment that I am running. After many years of splitting my time teaching urban politics at schools such as Harvard and Cornell and working as a Cornell and working as a public servant in Portland, I landed in City Hall. I helped manage the City of Portland’ Neighborhood Association and the Crime Prevention Program.
Folks, it is just what you imagined it to be. Dysfunctional and ineffective. This is the time, now more than ever with COVID-19 changing the economic landscape for all of us, for us to make sweeping changes to our city government.
My sons, Langston and Coltrain, just like your children, your parents, your brothers and sisters, your friends and neighbors, deserve to be represented in the decision making. I am a Democrat and a feminist. I want to fight for you. I am called to fight for you.
Our election in coming up on November 3rd, 2020! We can do this, together.
Greenlight--Portland City Council, Position 4
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).
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
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)
Kris currently resides in Salem and joined the PAC Board in 2019. After teaching high school for 10 years, Kris obtained his Ph.D. in Science Education at Oregon State University. While serving as an Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia, he helped establish the Cultivating Change Foundation, an organization advocating for more inclusive spaces for the queer community in rural communities and agricultural organizations. While living in Nashville, TN, Kris served on the Nashville Entrepreneurship Center’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee, while also developing and delivering LGBTQ+ and ally trainings for youth and educators in cooperation with the National FFA Organization. Currently, Kris serves as Professional Faculty in Outreach and Engagement at Oregon State University, where he continues to dive into in equity work including participation in the Racial Equity Institute intensive and two years on the Diversity Champions workgroup. Kris also serves on the Executive Board of Salem’s Capitol Pride Organization. When not working or volunteering, Kris and his husband Collin enjoy outdoor activities, traveling, and time spent with friends and family. (Pronouns: he/him)
Shani Marie Harris-Bagwell recently launched Shani Bagwell Consulting, shanibagwell.com , a firm committed to empowering underserved communities and giving voice to the voiceless. She is excited to get to work with the Basic Rights Oregon Equity PAC. She has served on the Portland Area Theater Alliance Board, Portland Bureau of Transportation Bureau and Budget Committee, The Drammy Committee, Regional Arts and Culture Council Grants and Awards Boards, The Age and Gender Equity Grant Review Board, and the Portland Bureau of Transportation Pricing Options for Equity for Mobility Committee. Shani holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance with an emphasis in Contemporary Commercial Music. She has performed throughout the United States and internationally. In Portland you can spot her walking around the city or on any forms of public transit. (Pronouns: she/her)
Ben spent most of their life thinking they had to be something they weren't. Growing up in a conservative suburb of the Chicagoland area they thought they had to be a straight, cis male. After graduating high school, they went to an ivy league college thinking they had to become a medical doctor. They failed miserably at it, of course. You can only spend so long trying to be something you're not. What followed was a long, miserable time best forgotten.
Finally, in 2011, they moved to Portland in hopes of making a living in the comic industry; there they found the city to be open minded and welcoming. They also found the beliefs they grew up with to be challenged and found extremely lacking, and despite making a modest living in self-published comics they found themselves becoming more and more politically active.
Now they live happily as an active political blogger (you can find their work at hsustories.com) and regular contributor to various civil defense groups. Joining the EPAC in late 2019 they're looking forward to doing everything in their power to prevent anyone else from having a long, miserable time best left forgotten. (Pronouns: They/Them/Their)
A lifelong Oregonian, Megen Ickler 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. (Pronouns: she/her)
Jon Isaacs joined the Portland Business Alliance as vice president of government affairs in January 2019. Prior to joining the Alliance, he was the public affairs manager for Uber Technologies, leading the company's Government, Public Policy and Community Relations work in Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Hawaii, Montana and Wyoming.
Prior to joining Uber in 2016, Jon served as the chief of communications and public affairs for Portland Public Schools (PPS) from 2012 to 2016. Prior to PPS, he spent more than 16 years working for and advising Democratic candidates, elected officials, and progressive nonprofit advocacy organizations in national, state and local leadership roles.
Recognized as one of the top political strategists in the Pacific Northwest, from 2004 to 2009, Jon served as is senior policy advisory, campaign manager and state director for House Minority Leaders, House Speaker and now United States Senator Jeff Merkley. Following his time with Merkley, Jon served as executive director of the Oregon League of Conservation Voters from 2009 to 2011.
Jon graduated from Oregon State University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science, and served as Student Body President during the 1995-96 academic year. He currently serves on the Advocacy Committee for the Technology Association of Oregon and the Equality PAC Board for Basic Rights Oregon. Jon lives in Portland, OR with his two healthy, active sons, Jay, 11, and Sam, 7.
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)
Kristina Mucker, Administrative Associate of Oregon Futures Lab, recently relocated to Portland from West Louisville, Kentucky in 2018. Born and raised in the Shawnee neighborhood, with a strong Black community shaped the way in which she values community, education, and work. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Social Science from Spalding University and her background experience includes race and racism in America, political field work, law firm administration, and grassroots organizing within her community back home. Kristina is passionate about uplifting Black women and femmes in all sectors, advocating for and with marginalized groups, utilizing a social justice and intersectional framework, community building, discussing self-care, writing for her blog, and preparing to pursue a PhD in Pan-African Studies.
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.
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.
Local Race Greenlight Process
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. Candidates are reviewed based on their support of our issues.
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.