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Small business owner wants to bring balance, inclusion to Oregon Legislature

COURTESY PHOTO: AMELIA SALVADOR - Amelia SalvadorA local small business owner and community volunteer plans to run for the Oregon House of Representatives this spring.

Republican Amelia Salvador announced on Tuesday, Feb. 11, her candidacy for the soon-to-be vacant House District 50, which represents large swaths of Gresham.

"I'm excited and proud to announce my candidacy for State Representative," Salvador said. "I made the decision to run for public office because I feel overwhelmingly compelled to bring balance and inclusion to our state legislature."

Salvador hopes to replace current state Rep. Carla Piluso, D-Gresham, who announced last year that she would not seek re-election in 2020. Several Democrats have filed for the position, though Salvador is the first Republican to announce.

"I'm frustrated with the partisanship and believe we need change — many people feel this same frustration," Salvador said. "We live in the beautiful state of Oregon and I will advocate for better livability for all our citizens and community of East County."

Salvador serves on the advisory and budget committees of the Gresham Redevelopment Commission and was recently appointed to the Charter Review Committee for the city of Gresham. She was the manager of the Gresham Farmers Market, and is currently the coordinator of The Portland Immigrant Statue and Award.

Salvador is a commercial real estate broker and also runs a small business specializing in marketing/brand-development as well as specialty event design work. A life-long community activist, Salvador has advocated for a strong and safe community for her children.

Salvador is a native Oregonian who attended Reynolds High School. Born and raised in East Portland, Salvador is a single parent of five grown children and is expecting her first grandchild.

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