FuturePAC Celebrates Strong Field of Democratic House Candidates
General election field includes a majority of female candidates
SALEM – As the polls closed on Tuesday night, Oregon House Democrats celebrated a strong field of candidates in districts all over Oregon, including, for the first time in memory, a majority of female candidates.
“From Astoria to Bend, Medford to Salem, Wilsonville to Hood River, Oregonians are energized and ready for strong Democratic leadership,” said Oregon House Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson (D-Portland). “People are tired of divisive rhetoric and looking for leadership that actually gets things done for them.”
Oregon House Democrats are fighting for working Oregonians by giving them a much needed raise, ensuring every worker has access to paid sick leave, increasing government transparency and accountability, passing the most inclusive reproductive health care policy in the country, fighting to protect Oregon’s beautiful natural spaces, and building a better environment for every small business owner.
This year, FuturePAC, the campaign arm for the House Democratic caucus, has fielded candidates in 55 of 60 House Districts, including 30 female candidates.
“Oregonians from every walk of life are stepping up because they want to build a better future for everyone,” Williamson said. “Moving Oregon forward will require us to come together and fight for what’s right: better public schools, healthcare for all, and the chance for everyone to achieve their American Dream.”
Among the outstanding Democratic candidates are:
- Michelle Blum Atkinson in House District 6 (Medford). She is an entrepreneur, non-profit administrator, and community organizer focused on helping people succeed in the Rogue Valley.
- Marty Wilde in House District 11 (Central Linn and Lane Counties). He is the executive director of the Lane County Medical Society, a military veteran, colonel in the Air National Guard, and attorney fighting for Central Linn and Lane Counties.
- Mike Ellison in House District 19 (Salem). He is a union electrician and environmental activist working to empower people to reach their potential.
- Tiffiny Mitchell in House District 32 (North Coast). She is an advocate for children who is focused on fighting for working families on the North Coast.
- Rachel Prusak in House District 37 (West Linn and Tualatin). She is a nurse practitioner committed to building a healthy community.
- Anna Williams in House District 52 (Sandy and Hood River). She is a mother, social worker and longtime community volunteer in Hood River, fighting to expand opportunity for everyone.
- Nathan Boddie in House District 54 (Bend). He is a physician and Bend City Councilor. He is a committed champion for Central Oregon.
As Republicans face backlash for pushing extreme policies to rollback access to healthcare and stop sensible gun violence prevention legislation, and are tied to an unpopular president and Congress, more than 40 state legislative seats across the country have flipped from Republican to Democrat.
“The enthusiasm we’re seeing is proof that the work we are doing to stand up for equity and fairness for every Oregonian is resonating,” Williamson added. “We are committed to ensuring that the national momentum carries through to Oregon.”
To learn more about FuturePAC and the House Democratic candidates, visit FuturePAC.org.