Small-business owner, former social worker is one of four Democrats running to succeed Jeff Barker.

COURTESY ALISA BLUM - Alisa Blum of Beaverton seeks the Democratic nomination in the May 19 primary for the open House District 28 seat.Alisa Blum of Beaverton says her extensive experience will make her an effective advocate if she is elected to the open District 28 seat in the Oregon House.

"With my experience as a small business owner, a community advocate, and former social worker, I will bring the leadership and collaboration necessary to turn good ideas into meaningful legislation," she said in a statement.

"I believe through government, we can provide a social safety net, make our communities safer and provide a good education to our children — while also being good stewards of our tax dollars. I'm passionate about bettering our community, and excited by this opportunity to represent our district in Salem.

"If elected, I want to find practical, effective solutions to a number of issues facing our district and our state as a whole."

Blum, 60, has been the principal consultant since 1996 in Alisa Blum & Associates, which offers training and consulting for businesses, managers and employees. She lives in Beaverton with her husband, Marc, and two daughters.

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

She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1981 from Towson University and a master's in social work in 1983 from the University of Maryland.

From 1984 through 1995, she was a clinical social worker, program manager and supervisor at Taylor Manor Hospital in Ellicott City, Md., Brookhaven Psychiatric Pavilion & Kennedy Institute in Dallas, Texas. From 1990 to 1995 she was assistant director of social work and director of social work training at Dallas Child Guidance Clinic.

From 1996 to 2012, she was an adjunct faculty member at Augsburg College (now a university), Clark College, Portland State University, and the CLIMB Center of Portland Community College.

She has held no public office.

Among her top priorities are assistance to families, firearms safety, and small businesses.

• Family assistance: "We need real solutions, from statewide rental assistance to expanded programs to reduce hunger and food insecurity, to ensure working families have the resources they need."

• Gun regulation: "I've advocated for sensible gun safety policies in my community and am eager to bring these advocacy efforts forward as a legislator."

• Small businesses: "I believe small business owners are the core of our economy, and want to be a champion for our state's entrepreneurs in the Legislature."

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