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Case manager at Family Promise of Beaverton is one of four Democrats running to succeed Jeff Barker.

COURTESY WLNSVEY CAMPOS - Wlnsvey Campos of Aloha seeks the Democratic nomination in the May 19 primary for the open House District 28 seat.Wlnsvey Campos of Aloha says her experience as a case manager with Family Promise of Beaverton, which helps families with children obtain stable housing, gives her insight into some of the issues she will deal with if she is elected to the open District 28 seat in the Oregon House.

"I love my job and the organization I work for. Unfortunately as a small program, we can only do so much," she said in a statement.

"Our community needs comprehensive, system-levels policies to address the root causes of

these challenges. We need folks with lived experiences to spearhead these policies. I'm

running for this office because representation matters, because I care about people,

and because there is so much more we can do for Oregonians."

She has been a case manager and family advocate since May 2018 for Family Promise of Beaverton, which draws on churches and community groups — including the city of Beaverton and the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District — for temporary help for families while they seek stable housing and children continue their education.

She is one of four candidates for the Democratic nomination in the May 19 primary in District 28, which stretches west from west Beaverton into Aloha and Reedville. Jeff Barker of Aloha, the 18-year Democratic incumbent, is retiring.

Campos, 24, earned a bachelor's degree in political science and philosophy (ethics, society and law) from Pacific University in 2017. She has worked in the financial aid office, and at Forest Grove Community School, Our Oregon and the Oregon Nurses Association.

She said her experience at Family Promise of Beaverton has taught her that families need more than help finding stable housing.

"They ask me how they're ever going to find sustainable housing when they work full-time, make $1,800 in a good month, and the average rent for a two bedroom is $1,300," she said.

"They relay stories of wait lists longer than two years for low-income apartments. We navigate devastating rent increases in scenarios where wages aren't rising alongside rent."

Among her priorities if she is elected are adequate and affordable housing, access to health care, improved transportation systems and steps to reduce greenhouse gases and deal with climate change.

"These are issues many of us talk about," she said. "But we need representatives who understand that these challenges disproportionately affect young generations and communities of color more than others. In both my work and volunteer capacities, I have been an advocate of these issues and will continue to be one if elected."

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