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Welcome to Basic Rights Oregon’s Vote Equality Guide to pro-equality candidates. These are our endorsements and greenlights for the 2022 primary elections. Electing pro-equality candidates to public office across the state is now more important than ever.

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 LGBTQ2SIA+ Oregonians experience equality in our everyday lives.

Statewide Office and Legislature Endorsements

Tina Kotek 🏳️‍🌈

Governor

<p>&lt;p&gt;&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;p&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;amp;lt;p&amp;amp;amp;gt;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.&amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;br /&amp;amp;gt;&amp;lt;br /&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
&amp;amp;amp;lt;p&amp;amp;amp;gt;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.&amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;br /&amp;amp;gt;&amp;lt;br /&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
&amp;amp;amp;lt;p&amp;amp;amp;gt;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.&amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;br /&amp;amp;gt;&amp;lt;br /&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
&amp;amp;amp;lt;p&amp;amp;amp;gt;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.&amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;br /&amp;amp;gt;&amp;lt;br /&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
&amp;amp;amp;lt;p&amp;amp;amp;gt;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.&amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;br /&amp;amp;gt;&amp;lt;br /&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
&amp;amp;amp;lt;p&amp;amp;amp;gt;Today, Tina and her partner, Aimee Wilson, live in the Kenton neighborhood of North Portland with their two Yorkies, Rudy and Wicket.&amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;br /&amp;amp;gt;&amp;lt;br /&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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Tina Kotek 🏳️‍🌈

Tina Kotek 🏳️‍🌈

Governor

Christina Stephenson

Bureau of Labor & Industries Commissioner
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Christina Stephenson

Christina Stephenson

Bureau of Labor & Industries Commissioner

Jeff Golden

Senate District 3
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Jeff Golden

Jeff Golden

Senate District 3

Kayse Jama

Senate District 24
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Kayse Jama

Kayse Jama

Senate District 24

Melissa Busch

Senate District 16
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Melissa Busch

Melissa Busch

Senate District 16

Wlnsvey Campos

Senate District 18
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Wlnsvey Campos

Wlnsvey Campos

Senate District 18

Deb Patterson

Senate District 10

<p>&lt;p class=””&gt;I am running because I believe that&lt;/p&gt;<br />
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&lt;p class=””&gt;We all need access to affordable, quality healthcare.&lt;/p&gt;<br />
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&lt;p class=””&gt;Addressing climate change is an urgent matter for Oregon and the United States.&lt;/p&gt;<br />
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&lt;p class=””&gt;We need more sensible gun laws.&lt;/p&gt;<br />
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&lt;p class=””&gt;We need a return to civil discourse in our society and must treat others – especially the most vulnerable – with compassion.&lt;/p&gt;<br />
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&lt;p class=””&gt;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.&lt;/p&gt;</p>

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Deb Patterson

Deb Patterson

Senate District 10

Janeen Sollman

Senate District 15

<p>&lt;p&gt;&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;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 &amp;amp;amp; 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.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;/p&gt;</p>

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Janeen Sollman

Janeen Sollman

Senate District 15

Mark Meek

Senate District 20
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Mark Meek

Mark Meek

Senate District 20

Floyd Prozanski

Senate District 4

<p>&lt;p&gt;&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;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.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;/p&gt;</p>

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Floyd Prozanski

Floyd Prozanski

Senate District 4

James I. Manning Jr.

Senate District 7

<p>&lt;p&gt;&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;p class=”i18n”&amp;amp;gt;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.&amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;gt;&amp;lt;br /&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
&amp;amp;lt;p class=”i18n”&amp;amp;gt;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.&amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;gt;&amp;lt;br /&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
&amp;amp;lt;p class=”i18n”&amp;amp;gt;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.&amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;gt;&amp;lt;br /&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
&amp;amp;lt;p class=”i18n”&amp;amp;gt;These bond-funded capital construction projects will generate more than 1000 good-paying, local construction jobs.&amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;gt;&amp;lt;br /&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
&amp;amp;lt;p class=”i18n”&amp;amp;gt;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.&amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;gt;&amp;lt;br /&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
&amp;amp;lt;p class=”i18n”&amp;amp;gt;For further information about the 2017 Legislative Session, please visit my legislative page &amp;amp;lt;a href=”https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/manning” rel=”nofollow”&amp;amp;gt;https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/manning&amp;amp;lt;/a&amp;amp;gt;.&amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;gt;&amp;lt;br /&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
&amp;amp;lt;p class=”i18n”&amp;amp;gt;Thank you for your attention and support and for the opportunity to serve you.&amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;/p&gt;</p>

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James I. Manning Jr.

James I. Manning Jr.

Senate District 7

Sara Gelser Blouin

Senate District 8

<p>&lt;p&gt;&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;p&amp;amp;gt;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.&amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;/p&gt;</p>

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Sara Gelser Blouin

Sara Gelser Blouin

Senate District 8

Elizabeth Steiner-Hayward

Senate District 17

<p>&lt;p&gt;&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;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.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;/p&gt;</p>

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Elizabeth Steiner-Hayward

Elizabeth Steiner-Hayward

Senate District 17

Rob Wagner

Senate District 19

<p>&lt;p&gt;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.&lt;/p&gt;<br />
&lt;p&gt;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.&lt;/p&gt;<br />
&lt;p&gt;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.&lt;/p&gt;<br />
&lt;p&gt;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.&lt;/p&gt;<br />
&lt;p&gt;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.&lt;/p&gt;<br />
&lt;p&gt;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.&lt;/p&gt;</p>

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Rob Wagner

Rob Wagner

Senate District 19

Maxine Dexter

House District 33

<p>&lt;p&gt;&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;strong&amp;gt;Dr. Maxine Dexter&amp;lt;/strong&amp;gt;, Democratic nominee for Oregon State Representative, House District 33,&amp;lt;strong&amp;gt; &amp;lt;/strong&amp;gt;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.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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Maxine Dexter

Maxine Dexter

House District 33

Courtney Neron

House District 26

<p>&lt;p&gt;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.&lt;/p&gt;</p>

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Courtney Neron

Courtney Neron

House District 26

Zach Hudson

House District 49
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Zach Hudson

Zach Hudson

House District 49

Lisa Reynolds

House District 34

<p>&lt;p&gt;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.&lt;/p&gt;<br />
&lt;p&gt;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.&lt;/p&gt;</p>

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Lisa Reynolds

Lisa Reynolds

House District 34

Ricki Ruiz

House District 50

<p class=”font_8″>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.</p>
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<p class=”font_8″>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.</p>
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<p class=”font_8″>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.</p>
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<p class=”font_8″>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. </p>
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<p class=”font_8″>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. </p>

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Ricki Ruiz

Ricki Ruiz

House District 50

Dacia Grayber🏳️‍🌈

House District 28
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Dacia Grayber🏳️‍🌈

Dacia Grayber🏳️‍🌈

House District 28

Ben Bowman 🏳️‍🌈

House District 25
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Ben Bowman 🏳️‍🌈

Ben Bowman 🏳️‍🌈

House District 25

Zeloszelos Marchandt 🏳️‍🌈

House District 35
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Zeloszelos Marchandt 🏳️‍🌈

Zeloszelos Marchandt 🏳️‍🌈

House District 35

Khanh Pham

House District 46

<p>&lt;p&gt;&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;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 &amp;lt;a href=”https://khanhphamfororegon.com/issues”&amp;gt;issues&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; I’m advocating for, &amp;lt;a class=”rank-math-link” href=”https://airtable.com/shreUBnJd2BRBadtn” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)”&amp;gt;volunteer your time&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;, and &amp;lt;a href=”https://secure.actblue.com/donate/khanh-pham-for-oregon” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”&amp;gt;donate&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; to our grassroots campaign.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;/p&gt;</p>

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Khanh Pham

Khanh Pham

House District 46

Nathan Sosa

House District 30
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Nathan Sosa

Nathan Sosa

House District 30

Jason Kropf

House District 54

<p>&lt;p class=””&gt;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.&lt;/p&gt;<br />
&lt;p class=””&gt;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. &lt;/p&gt;<br />
&lt;p class=””&gt;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.&lt;/p&gt;<br />
&lt;p class=””&gt;&lt;strong&gt;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. &lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt;</p>

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Jason Kropf

Jason Kropf

House District 54

RJ Navarro

House District 21
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RJ Navarro

RJ Navarro

House District 21

Andrea Valderrama

House District 47
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Andrea Valderrama

Andrea Valderrama

House District 47

Pam Marsh

House District 5

<p>&lt;p&gt;&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;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&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;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.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;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.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;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.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;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.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;/p&gt;</p>

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Pam Marsh

Pam Marsh

House District 5

Paul Holvey

House District 8

<p>&lt;p&gt;&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;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.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;/p&gt;</p>

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Paul Holvey

Paul Holvey

House District 8

David Gomberg

House District 10

<p>&lt;p&gt;&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;p&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;amp;lt;p&amp;amp;amp;gt;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.&amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;/p&gt;</p>

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David Gomberg

David Gomberg

House District 10

Nancy Nathanson

House District 13

<p>&lt;p&gt;&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;strong&amp;gt;&amp;lt;em&amp;gt;Current Elected Office&amp;lt;/em&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/strong&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Oregon State Representative, House District 13 (2007-Present)&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;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&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;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.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Previously held library supervisory and technical jobs, and owned and operated Photoscapes, an entrepreneurial small business.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;strong&amp;gt;&amp;lt;em&amp;gt;Educational Background&amp;lt;/em&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/strong&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, B.S. with Honors, Phi Beta Kappa&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Northwestern University, Evanston Illinois&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Hillcrest High School, Dallas Texas&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;strong&amp;gt;&amp;lt;em&amp;gt;National and Regional Offices, Boards and Commissions, prior to State Legislature&amp;lt;/em&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/strong&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;National League of Cities, Board of Directors&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Federal Communications Commission-Local and State Government Advisory Committee&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Lane County Public Safety Coordinating Council&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;And served on the Board of the Lane Council of Governments, Lane Regional Air Pollution Authority, and Lane County Intergovernmental Human Services Committee&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;strong&amp;gt;&amp;lt;em&amp;gt;City of Eugene&amp;lt;/em&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/strong&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;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&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Planning Commission (1987- 1993)&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;amp;nbsp;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;/p&gt;</p>

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Nancy Nathanson

Nancy Nathanson

House District 13

Julie Fahey

House District 14

<p>&lt;p&gt;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.&lt;/p&gt;<br />
&lt;p&gt;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.&lt;/p&gt;<br />
&lt;p&gt;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.  &lt;/p&gt;<br />
&lt;p&gt;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.&lt;/p&gt;</p>

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Julie Fahey

Julie Fahey

House District 14

Dan Rayfield

House District 16

<p>&lt;p&gt;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.&lt;/p&gt;</p>

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Dan Rayfield

Dan Rayfield

House District 16

Paul Evans

House District 20

<p>&lt;p&gt;&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;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.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;/p&gt;</p>

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Paul Evans

Paul Evans

House District 20

Susan McLain

House District 29

<p>&lt;p&gt;&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;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.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;/p&gt;</p>

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Susan McLain

Susan McLain

House District 29

Ken Helm

House District 27

<p>&lt;p&gt;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.&lt;/p&gt;</p>

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Ken Helm

Ken Helm

House District 27

Rob Nosse 🏳️‍🌈

House District 42

<p>&lt;p&gt;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.&lt;/p&gt;</p>

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Rob Nosse 🏳️‍🌈

Rob Nosse 🏳️‍🌈

House District 42

Tawna Sanchez

House District 43

<p>Tawna Sanchez is a dedicated advocate and proven progressive who has spent her life helping strengthen the community around her.</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>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.</p>

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Tawna Sanchez

Tawna Sanchez

House District 43

Janelle Bynum

House District 39

<p>&lt;p&gt;&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;A mother of four children and a small business owner, Janelle Bynum works hard. It’s what her parents taught her to do.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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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.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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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.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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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.&amp;lt;br /&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;/p&gt;</p>

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Janelle Bynum

Janelle Bynum

House District 39

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Greenlight - Portland City Auditor
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Alanna (AJ) McCreary

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Alanna (AJ) McCreary

Alanna (AJ) McCreary

Greenlight--Portland City Council, position 2

Duncan Hwang

Greenlight - Metro Council, District 6
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Duncan Hwang

Duncan Hwang

Greenlight - Metro Council, District 6

Terri Preeg Riggsby

Greenlight - Metro Council, District 6
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Terri Preeg Riggsby

Greenlight - Metro Council, District 6

Nicole Morrisey O’Donnell

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Nicole Morrisey O’Donnell

Nicole Morrisey O’Donnell

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Derrick Peterson

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Derrick Peterson

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Libra Forde

Greenlight - Clackamas County Commissioner, Position 2
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Libra Forde

Libra Forde

Greenlight - Clackamas County Commissioner, Position 2

Catherine McMullen

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Catherine McMullen

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Brian Decker

Greenlight - Washington County District Attorney
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Brian Decker

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Kristine Adams-Wannberg

Greenlight - Washington County Auditor
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Kristine Adams-Wannberg

Greenlight - Washington County Auditor

Jennnifer McGuirk

Greenlight - Multnomah County Auditor
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Jennnifer McGuirk

Jennnifer McGuirk

Greenlight - Multnomah County Auditor

Kathryn Harrington

Greenlight - Washington County Chair

<p>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.</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>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.</p>

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Kathryn Harrington

Kathryn Harrington

Greenlight - Washington County Chair

JoAnn Hardesty

Greenlight - Portland City Commission, Position 3

<p>&lt;p&gt;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.&lt;/p&gt;<br />
&lt;p&gt;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.&lt;/p&gt;<br />
&lt;p&gt;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.&lt;/p&gt;<br />
&lt;p&gt;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.&lt;/p&gt;</p>

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JoAnn Hardesty

JoAnn Hardesty

Greenlight - Portland City Commission, Position 3

Lynn Peterson

Greenlight - Metro Council President

<p class=”lead”>For two decades, Lynn Peterson has provided steady, confident and visionary leadership for the diverse communities of the Metro region.</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>Lynn believes collaboration is the foundation of our region’s economic growth, vibrant neighborhoods and small towns, and integrated system of parks and transportation.</p>
<h3>Lynn’s Record:</h3>
<ul>
<li><strong>Record of successfully reforming large agencies</strong>, focusing on reducing costs to serve more people.</li>
<li><strong>Record of preserving and attracting jobs and improving access to employment</strong>, helping Main Street and homegrown businesses with a focus on clean economy job growth, and making sure transportation investments benefit local contractors.</li>
<li><strong>Working collaboratively with cities and counties</strong>, Securing billions for regional transportation investments, securing affordable housing along light rail and transit lines.</li>
<li><strong>Provided leadership and quick resolution in emergency situations</strong>, including Sandy River flooding, the Oso mud slide in rural Washington, and collapse of the I-5 Skagit River Bridge</li>
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Lynn Peterson

Lynn Peterson

Greenlight - Metro Council President

Sharon Meieran

Greenlight - Multnomah County Chair

<p><strong><u>About Sharon</u></strong></p>
<p>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.</p>
<p><strong><u>Why Sharon is Running</u></strong></p>
<p>“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</p>
<p><strong><u>Priorities</u></strong></p>
<p>As a champion for safe and healthy families, Sharon will fight for:</p>
<ul>
<li><strong>Access to reproductive healthcare and justice for all women</strong> – to decrease unintended pregnancies and stop the cycle of intergenerational poverty.</li>
<li><strong>Coordinated mental health and addictions services</strong> – to stop the revolving door between our jails, our health systems and the streets.</li>
<li><strong>Meaningful health care</strong> – so everyone has access to culturally appropriate treatment in the right place at the right time.</li>
<li><strong>Communities where all people have the fundamentals to live safe and healthy lives</strong> – a roof over their head and access to healthy food, clean water and fresh air.</li>
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<p><strong><u>Endorsements</u></strong></p>
<p>Sharon has received the sole NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon endorsement in this race and a green light approval from Basic Rights Oregon Equality PAC. </p>
<p>Sharon has also been endorsed by:</p>
<ul>
<li>Congressman Earl Blumenauer</li>
<li>Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury</li>
<li>State Senator Diane Rosenbaum, District 21</li>
<li>State Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, District 17</li>
<li>State Representative Mitch Greenlick, District 33</li>
<li>State Representative Barbara Smith Warner, District 45</li>
<li>Multnomah County Commissioner Judy Shiprack, District 3</li>
<li>Metro Councilor Shirley Craddick, District 1</li>
<li>City Commissioner Amanda Fritz</li>
<li>City Commissioner Steve Novick</li>
<li>Beverly Stein, Former Chair of the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners and State Representative</li>
</ul>
<p><strong><u>Boards/Commissions</u></strong></p>
<p>Sharon serves on the following appointed/elected boards and commissions:</p>
<ul>
<li>The Oregon Medical Association (currently serving as Vice President);</li>
<li>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;</li>
<li>The Mental Health Crisis Response Subcommittee of the COAB (which Sharon Co-Chairs with Dr. Alisha Moreland-Capuia);</li>
<li>The Unity Behavioral Health Center Advisory Board;</li>
<li>The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Advisory Commission;</li>
<li>The Emergency Department Information Exchange (EDIE) Governance Committee and the EDIE Operations Committee (which she Co-Chairs with Dr. Amit Shah).</li>
</ul>
<p><strong><u>Awards</u></strong></p>
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<li>Oregon Medical Association’s 2015 “Doctor Citizen of the Year”</li>
<li>Oregon College of Emergency Physicians’ 2015 “Member of the Year”</li>
<li>Kaiser Permanente’s David Lawrence Community Service Award</li>
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Sharon Meieran

Sharon Meieran

Greenlight - Multnomah County Chair

Jessica Vega Pederson

Greenlight-- Multnomah County Chair

<p>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.</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>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.</p>
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Jessica Vega Pederson

Jessica Vega Pederson

Greenlight-- Multnomah County Chair

Lori Stegmann

Greenlight--Multnomah County Chair

<p>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.</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>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.</p>
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Lori Stegmann

Lori Stegmann

Greenlight--Multnomah County Chair

Dan Ryan🏳️‍🌈

Greenlight--Portland City Council, Position 2

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<p><span class=”x-el x-el-span c1-7c c1-7d c1-b c1-7e c1-7f c1-7g c1-7h c1-7i”>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. </span></p>
<p><span class=”x-el x-el-span c1-7c c1-7d c1-b c1-7e c1-7f c1-7g c1-7h c1-7i”>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</span></p>
<p><span class=”x-el x-el-span c1-7c c1-7d c1-b c1-7e c1-7f c1-7g c1-7h c1-7i”>change practices, expectations and behaviors to improve outcomes for kids. </span></p>
<p><span class=”x-el x-el-span c1-7c c1-7d c1-b c1-7e c1-7f c1-7g c1-7h c1-7i”>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 &amp; Urban Professional. </span></p>
<p><span class=”x-el x-el-span c1-7c c1-7d c1-b c1-7e c1-7f c1-7g c1-7h c1-7i”>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.</span></p>
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